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The following tables show the IELTS test requirements for different professions in various English-speaking countries.

REGISTERED NURSES & MIDWIVES

Country Nursing Body IELTS Test IELTS Scores
UK NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council) Academic Overall Band 7
(minimum of 7 in all 4 tests)
IRELAND NMBI (Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland Academic Overall Band 7 (minimum of 7 in Speaking & Writing)
CANADA Registered Nurses Association of a specific province Academic Depends on province. Eg. British Colombia requires overall band 7 with 7.5 in listening
USA Registered Nursing Board of a specific state Academic
(General for other medical posts)
Overall Band 6.5
(7.0 in Speaking)
AUSTRALIA Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia Academic Overall Band 6.5
(minimum of 6 in all 4 tests)
NEW ZEALAND Nursing Council of New Zealand Academic Overall Band 7
(minimum of 7 in all 4 tests)

REGISTERED DOCTORS / PHYSICIANS

Country Professional Body IELTS Test IELTS Scores
UK GMC (General Medical Council) Academic Overall Band 7
(minimum of 7 in all 4 tests)
IRELAND Medical Council Academic Overall Band 7
(minimum of 6.5 in each test)
CANADA Medical Council of Canada Academic Depends on province.
Eg. British Colombia requires overall band 7 with minimum of 7 in each test
USA American Board of Medical Specialities Need to consult medical board for individual states
AUSTRALIA Australian Medical Council Academic Overall Band 7
(minimum of 7 in all 4 tests)
*can be in two test sittings within 6 months
NEW ZEALAND Medical Council of New Zealand Academic Overall Band 7.5
(with 7.5 in Speaking and Listening)

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