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New English test ‘improving’ overseas nurse access to UK register

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@HCSW Perhaps you miss the points 1) It's not that IELTS is "difficult", it's that it's aimed at satisfying a specific market = Higher Ed. Not at those wishing to enter "Nursing". 2) Whilst IELTS was designed for a specific market it's being used, inappropriately, as a test for ALL users of ESOL. 3) What experience do YOU have of IELTS? Have you sat even one of the papers and had it marked objectively? Or maybe you're a (past or present) practitioner in the field of TESOL. (I can answer Yes to all those questions) 4) Would you care to hazard a guess, or better still offer data, to inform the debate on what % of NS of English in "Nursing" could pass IELTS at what you state is the required level? 5) Please remember that Tests of proficiency in ESOL examine the clearly defined skill areas of production (W & S) and reception (R & L), rather than some woolly concept of the ability to "communicate". Proficiency in the productive skills is much harder to attain than in the receptive ones as many of us may know from our holiday experiences "abroad". 6) When you write "from abroad" are you clear in your own mind as to whom you are referring? I'm certainly not sure if you include NSs from, e.g. US(A), Australia, Canada. Should they too have to pass IELTS "at level 7" ?

Posted date

10 September, 2018

Posted time

8:48 pm

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