IELTS is one of those high-profile tests that tend to intimidate people a bit. Perhaps it’s not the difficulty of the test itself, but the impact it can have on the test taker’s personal life that causes the most unrest.

Here are three facts that should make you feel more confident as a future test-taker:

  • 75% of Academic IELTS test-takers who take the exam as a registered nurse score an overall band score of 6.5 or higher. (That’s the overall band score needed to qualify for a U.S. VisaScreen.) Compare this to the combined pass rate for the NCLEX exam (less than 50%) and IELTS seems a whole lot easier.
  • The overall band score for Filipinos is even better. A whopping 82% of these candidates scored a 6.5 or higher.
  • Speaking is not the most challenging test section for Filipino nurses. This is a common misconception. In fact, Filipino RN test-takers average 6.8 on Speaking, but only 6.3 on Writing. However, U.S. VisaScreen standards do require a band score of 7 on Speaking. (So in effect Writing and Speaking are tied for the most difficult sections. We’ll call this one a draw.)

More interesting IELTS stats can be explored at

If you’ve already signed an agreement with PassportUSA, you are probably already familiar with the great, free assistance we provide to help you pass IELTS. Including our unique Conversation Partners program. And if you aren’t taking full advantage of these resources, please contact your most current assigned PassportUSA representative for more details.

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