From the 1st November onwards, NMC accepts the Occupational English Test (OET) in addition to the International English Language Test System (IELTS), as proof of a nurse or midwife’s English language competence. 

The IELTS and the OET are used across the world. They are often chosen to test the language competency of healthcare professionals in the UK.

International English Language Test System (IELTS)
If you have completed an IELTS examination you must provide an IELTS certificate that confirms:

  • at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
  • at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections, and
  • at least 7.0 overall.

Occupational English Test (OET)
If you have completed an OET examination you must provide a certificate that confirms:

  • at least a B grade in listening and reading, and
  • at least a B grade in writing and speaking.

We will only accept results from OET tests taken from February 2016 onwards.

Combining tests
You can achieve the required mark across two test sittings if:

  • you sit the tests within six months of each other, and
  • you are tested in all four skills at the same time, and
  • if you take an IELTS test, all scores in both sittings are above 6.5 and you achieve 7.0 or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together, or
  • if you take the OET, all grades in both sittings are above Grade C+ and you achieve Grade B or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together.

Test scores are valid for two years.

Original link : https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/english-language-requirements/accepted-tests/