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NMC to accept OET Writing C+


NMC to accept OET Writing C+


I am delighted to inform you that the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has announced that it will amend its OET Writing requirement to a grade C+, alongside a minimum B grade in the Listening, Reading and Speaking sub-tests.

As you may be aware, many nurses have struggled to achieve a grade B in Writing, despite showing themselves to be capable of providing safe and effective care in an English-speaking environment.

Just one test for the UK
Together with the announcement by the Home Office that nurses, doctors and dentists would no longer need to sit a separate English test to apply for a Tier 2 (General) visa, it has never been easier for healthcare professionals to work in the  UK: OET will take them there.

OET engaged extensively with the NMC regarding the Writing requirement, providing evidence that an OET C+ is equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5, which the Council has been accepting since late last year.

In addition, we provided the NMC with empirical evidence via a standard-setting workshop with NHS trusts that a C+ would meet the standard required by nurses in the workplace.

The change will come into effect from 28 January 2020. OET results achieved during the previous two years that meet the new requirements will also be accepted.

I personally applaud the NMC for the time and effort they have dedicated to come to this decision.

Please feel free to share the news widely and, if relevant, update the OET requirements on your website.

 All the best,



Sujata Stead, CEO


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