Proposed new OET scores

If you are a nurse and an OET candidate and have been struggling to achieve at least a score of 350 in the OET Writing sub-test, there may be light at the end of the tunnel if you plan to register as a nurse in the United Kingdom.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) of the United Kingdom recently announced on 20 November 2019 that they are submitting a request to their governing council to consider accepting scores of 300 for the OET Writing sub-test for nursing registration, as opposed to the current 350 minimum score required. Announcing this on their website, NMC has highlighted that the purpose of this recommendation was to streamline minimum OET Writing scores with scores which the council accepts from another English language test, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. Last year, NMC reduced the minimum score requirement for IELTS Writing from 7.0 to 6.5 for nursing registration.

If this proposal is approved, then nurses who intend to register with this council in the UK can do so with a reduced minimum OET Writing score of 300. This is great news especially for those who have taken the OET test many times but have obtained scores of between 300-340 only in the writing component. We will be on the lookout for the official announcement if this proposal is approved and will share the good news with all OET candidates.

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You can access the original NMC article here

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