IELTS – International English Language Testing System

What is IELTS?

IELTS: International English Language Testing System, regulated and owned by three companies:

IELTS is a global test for a global language. Many people undertake IELTS for further study, work and travel. The IELTS test is standardised across the world.

For your NMC registration, Nurses must undertake the ACADEMIC module.

IELTS Examines 4 areas of language competence:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Reading









IELTS test summary (ACADEMIC module)


  • The Listening section lasts 40 minutes
  • Includes 4 recorded monologues and conversations
  • Includes candidates having to answer multiple choice questions and note completing
  • The recordings will only be played once each time


  • Takes between 11-14 minutes in 3 parts and is assessed by a face to face interview
  • Is marked in terms of fluency and coherence, lexical resource (vocabulary), grammatical range and accuracy and pronunciation.


  • Takes 60 minutes with 2 parts
  • 1st part requires the candidate to write 150 words summarising and describing a table/ graph or other illustration
  • 2nd part requires the candidate to write 250 words as a short essay to replicate what might be required in academic studies


  • The reading section is different for academic and general modules.
  • The candidate will complete 40 questions in 1 hour
  • Includes 3 long reading passages, ranging from descriptive to factual. Candidates will then be asked questions about the texts.
  •  Includes non verbal material and authentic texts from books.


How IELTS is marked?

You will be given a score from 1 to 9 for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The average produces your overall band score.

You can score whole (e.g., 5.0, 6.0, 7.0) or half (e.g., 5.5., 6.5, 7.5) bands in each part of the test.

The following rounding conversion applies: if the average across the four skills ends in .25, it is rounded up to the next half band, and if it ends in .75, it is rounded up to the next whole band.

For registration with the NMC you need a score of 7.0 in each area, and an overall score of 7.0 or more.

Your IELTS results will be available 13 days after your test and recorded on a Test Report Form.

Here you can find some examples how the overall band is calculated:

Listening Reading Writing Speaking Average score* Band score
Test taker A 6.5 6.5 5 7 6.25 6.5
Test taker B 4.0 3.5 4.0 4.0 3.875 4.0
Test taker C 6.5 6.5 5.5 6.0 6.125 6.0

*Average score = total of the four individual component scores divided by four.

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