Things You Should Know about Recent NMC IELTS Change to 6.5

It is no longer a news that UK NMC has reduced the writing component of IELTS to 6.5. Below are what you should know about this new development :

When will the new development take off?


NMC has said the new development will be taking off in “coming weeks”. Going by the trend of past changes by NMC, this new development is expected to take off in the next few days from the time of this announcement thus it is safe to say that the effective take off of this new development will be by December . NMC will surely announce  on it website when this new changes kick off.


Does that mean overall ielts score has reduced?

No, the overall ielts score of 7 has been retained. Also you are expected to have 7 in other components of the exam. For clarity sake below is the only minimum acceptable ielts score by NMC

Listening 7

Speaking 7

Writing 6.5

Reading 7

Overall band score 7

Note that the above is the minimum score you must have.


Is this new changes retrospective?

Yes, applicants who are already in the queue or those who have taken ielts in the past before this announcement  with the score above can apply to UK NMC. But note that your ielts must be valid which means below 2 years.


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