IELTS vs TOEFL iBT - page 2

by nigeldj

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To my fellow RNs which do you think is easier IELTS or TOEFL iBT. I am in the U.S. and i am planning to take the TSE but it is no longer available here. TOEFL iBT is the one replacing TSE. I need it for my VISA SCREEN. thanks... Read More


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    alright! thanks alot for the info!
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    Quote from nigeldj
    hi, as far as i know you shoul only follow a specific State Board requirement for english test. This means that if you plan to apply for New Jersy BON and they only require TOEFL for the english test they will not honor any result coming from IELTS so just to be safe take the TOEFL test.
    Yes, definitely. This is excellent advice.

    Each State also has contacts for inquiries and one may e-mail them or phone them for confirmation because sometimes they may be thinking of considering accepting the IELTS but still on the meeting phase.

    Maryland BON used to only accept just the TOEFL too then just recetly accepted the IELTS as well.
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    Quote from nigeldj
    hi, as far as i know you shoul only follow a specific State Board requirement for english test. This means that if you plan to apply for New Jersy BON and they only require TOEFL for the english test they will not honor any result coming from IELTS so just to be safe take the TOEFL test.
    Hi there,

    Will IELTS be approved by the Arizona nursing board then??

    Thanks so much

    Grace99
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    They have not had a language requirement in the past. The majority of the states do not, it is needed usually for immigration purposes.

    You just need to check directly with the website for the state that you are interested in, they will list their requirements there.
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    If you already have an AZ license, then there is no concern of what that state will require. Lanaguage requirements are always needed to be met before one is even given permission to sit for the NCLEX exam if the state has a requirement for one.

    Your issue is now strictly for the US federal government and for the VSC.
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    Quote from suzanne4
    If you already have an AZ license, then there is no concern of what that state will require. Lanaguage requirements are always needed to be met before one is even given permission to sit for the NCLEX exam if the state has a requirement for one.

    Your issue is now strictly for the US federal government and for the VSC.
    Thanks for clarifying! If they go 100% of where I took my basic nursing school (from HK) then I know really well that I need to write the IELTS soon. I was born in HK as well but all my schools are taught in English. Guess they won't consider my post-RN degree program in Canada too........
    Well, I'll go for the IELTS on March 7 then....no other choices!

    Thanks again Suzanne and other thread readers!
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    i do not need visa screen...just the CES...does my speaking score on toefl ibt (24) count? Am i gonna need to take it again?
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    Proof that the applicant has achieved a passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign
    Language exam, TOEFL (C.G.F.N.S. is also providing English language evaluations) (Must be
    submitted only to C.G.F.N.S.); ----NJ BON requirements

    Question: can i get TOEIC instead? thanks!!
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    Quote from iysdaymiel
    Proof that the applicant has achieved a passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign
    Language exam, TOEFL (C.G.F.N.S. is also providing English language evaluations) (Must be
    submitted only to C.G.F.N.S.); ----NJ BON requirements

    Question: can i get TOEIC instead? thanks!!
    For whatever reason the BoN has not adjusted the application. But according to their website the law was changed in Jan 2010 to:
    "SUBCHAPTER 2. LICENSURE BY EXAMINATION; REGISTERED PROFESSIONAL AND LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSES
    13:37-2.3 Application requirements; graduates of foreign nursing programs
    (a) An applicant for licensure who graduated from a foreign nursing program shall submit:...
    3. Proof that the applicant has achieved a passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination or the Test of English in International Communications (TOEIC) examination, within the past two years; and"

    source: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/laws/nursingregs.pdf (updated as of 09/2012)


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