List of NMC accepted 
English-speaking countries 

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Antigua and BarbudaGuyana
AnguillaIreland
AustraliaIsle of Man
The BahamasJamaica
BarbadosJersey
BelizeMalta
BermudaNew Zealand
British Indian Ocean TerritorySaint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
CanadaSt Kitts and Nevis
Cayman IslandsSt Lucia
DominicaSt Vincent and the Grenadines
Falkland IslandsTrinidad and Tobago
GibraltarUnited Kingdom
GrenadaUnited States of America
GuernseyUS Virgin Islands

If your country is not on the list above

If you are from one of the countries listed below, you will not be required to pass an English language test to apply to the NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council).

IELTS (Academic)OET

If your country is not recognised by the NMC as a majority English-speaking country, then you will be required to pass an English language test (Academic IELTS or OET).

Antigua and Barbuda
Anguilla
Australia
The Bahamas
Barbados
Belize
Bermuda
British Indian Ocean Territory
Canada
Cayman Islands
Dominica
Falkland Islands
Gibraltar
Grenada
Guernsey
Guyana
Ireland
Isle of Man
Jamaica
Jersey
Malta
New Zealand
Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Kingdom
United States of America
US Virgin Islands

You will need to achieve the following scores:

Academic IELTS minimum score of 7.0 in Reading, Speaking & Listening and no less than 6.5 in Writing
OR
OET pass at Grade B in Reading, Speaking & Listening and no less than C+ in Writing


You can find out more about both tests, including fees and the location of your nearest testing centre, by clicking on the buttons below:

List of NMC accepted 
English-speaking countries 

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Is your country on the list?

The OET is easier in some ways because the questions are more specific to healthcare. You may therefore find the writing and speaking elements of the test in particular, a little easier as the subject matter would be more familiar.

The IELTS is not specific to the healthcare profession. This test is typically taken by professionals and students from all industries, which means the topics and content covered will be more general and taken from a range of sources.

It is worth noting that the OET is more expensive than IELTS, but both are equally accepted by the NMC, so you will need to weigh up the likelihood of passing on your first attempt, compared to the exam fees.