The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has approved a change to the required written score for candidates completing the Occupational English Test (OET).
From Tuesday 28 January 2020, the required writing score for candidates will be C+ instead of B. Candidates will still need to achieve an overall score of B, with a minimum B in reading, listening and speaking. The change means that employers and candidates are less likely to encounter delays to registration where scores are slightly lower on the written part of the exam. Candidates who met these new requirements and took the test in the last two years will also be eligible to apply.
The change brings the OET in line with the NMC's change to the required International English Language Test System (IELTS) score in 2018, which brought the required writing score down from 7.0 to 6.5.
The NMC has also approved a change to remove the five year limit on using nursing and midwifery qualifications taught in English, as evidence of a person’s English language skills.
You can read about the changes as well as more information about the NMC's accepted language tests on their website.