IELTS Requirements for New Zealand Health Professionals

One of the requirements before you can work in the medical field in New Zealand is to be proficient in English. If your secondary schooling was not in English, you must have your English skills assessed by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You will have to show proof of your proficiency in English. If you can not show proof of your English proficiency, you will need to sit the IELTS test. If you are not sure whether or not you will pass the IETLS, we recommend you to book yourself into a course.
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English Requirements for Nurses in New Zealand
The Nursing Council of New Zealand will usually require overseas applicants to demonstrate their ability to communicate in and comprehend English. Applicants will be notified whether they must provide evidence of their ability to communicate in and comprehend English after their applications have been assessed.

The Council will accept any of the following as evidence:

You must forward original documentary evidence of an English Language
Assessment to the Nursing Council with your application. We will verify this with the relevant testing authority.
  •  You must achieve a score of seven (7) in all areas of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (Academic Test); or
  • You must achieve a B pass in all areas of the Occupational English Test (OET)
  • The IELTS scores of 7 in each band do not need to be achieved in a single sitting of the test. You may choose to sit the test more than once and gain the necessary scores over a series of tests. The total of seven in each band must be achieved within 12 months of first sitting the test.
  • You can take the test either onshore or offshore. (We strongly recommend you complete this test before emigrating to New Zealand).
  • The English Language

English Requirements for Midwives in New Zealand

If English is not your first language then you must sit the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test in the Academic Module, and achieve an overall pass rate of no less than 7.5, with no less than 7 in each band.

You can apply for an exemption from this requirement if you can show with certainty that you are an effective communicator in English. Application for exemption will be considered on a caseby- case basis.

English Requirements for Doctors, Medical Staff and Allied Health Professionals in New Zealand
Medical Professionals will be required to have achieved an overall band of 7.5 or above in the academic module of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test, within the last:
two years for new applicants
A minimum band of 7 is required in each of the four individual components of the test (listening, reading, writing and speaking).
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Occupational English Test (OET) are not accepted by the Council as alternatives to IELTS.

IELTS is the only English test approved by the Medical Council of New Zealand.
Doctors can wave the IELTS test if they can show proof of three or more years of work experience in a country where English is the main language.




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