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English Language Requirements for New Zealand Doctors


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If you are a doctor hoping to get registered to practise in New Zealand, you may need to fulfill the Medical Council’s English language requirements, especially if English is not your first language.

The MCNZ’s English language policy suggests that any doctor seeking to work in New Zealand would require the council’s satisfaction in terms of their ability to communicate in and comprehend English sufficiently to protect the health and safety of the public.

Doctors, Medical Staff and Allied Health Professionals in New Zealand must Pass the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) by achieving above the minimum score or the Occupational English Test by achieving the minimum grade in order to be eligible for the New Zealand Registration Examination (NZREX Clinical).

 

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Academic Module

You will need to achieve a minimum of the following within one result:

o   Speaking           7.5

o   Listening           7.5

o   Writing               7.0

o   Reading             7.0

IELTS results are valid within 2 years of an application for registration, 2 years of NZREX Clinical examination date (new candidate).

However, candidates who repeat NZREX Clinical will not be required to re-sit IELTS for up to 5 years of the examination date if they have been, since the last NZREX Clinical sat, residing continuously in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the United States, Canada (English speaking region, not Quebec) or South Africa.

To know more about the IELTS exam, visit https://www.ielts.org/  

 

Occupational English Test (OET) – Medical Module

You will have to achieve the following grades in one result to pass the OET:

o   Speaking           A or B

o   Listening           A or B

o   Writing               A or B

o   Reading             A or B

Find out more about OET exam via https://www.occupationalenglishtest.org/

Doctors can wave the English test if they can show proof of three or more years of work in a country where English is the native or first language. For more information, please reach out to us via [email protected] and one of our specialist consultants will get back to you.

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