MedPro Explorers preparing for the English exam requirements will notice changes that went into effect the past year. Previously, Explorers had to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Test of English as a Foreign Language, the Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT), but now they have even more options. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has added several exams to its list of acceptable tests for foreign-educated healthcare professionals.
In addition to the IELTS and TOEFL iBT, candidates can take or use results from the Pearson Test of English (PTE), the Occupational English Test (OET), the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), and the Michigan English Test (MET), to apply to live and work in the U.S. All of the tests cover Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing with paper and digital options. Although certain state nursing boards only accept some tests, their lists are constantly expanding, and the boards are accepting more English exams each day.
MedProU® continues to provide all the necessary training for Explorers to pass the IELTS successfully. IELTS examinations are scheduled at least four times each month, starting in January. For VisaScreen® requirements, candidates must score a 7 on Speaking and a 6.5 overall. The IELTS takes two hours and 45 minutes, and results are provided within three to five days for digital tests and 13 days for paper results.
For the TOEFL iBT VisaScreen® requirements, candidates must score 81 overall, 24 on the Speaking section, and a combined score of 57 for Listening, Reading, and Writing. The test takes three hours, and results are provided within four to eight days for digital tests and 11 to 13 days for paper results.
MedPro International has partnered with Pearson Education Limited and is the first U.S. healthcare partner to be onboarded to the PTE Partner Portal. The PTE VisaScreen® requirements are a score of 50 for Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing and 55 overall. The exam is two hours, and results are provided within two days. PTE is currently accepted by the State Boards of Nursing in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
The OET VisaScreen® requirements are 300 for Listening, Reading, and Writing and 350 for the Speaking section. Results for the three-hour test are usually received within 14 days. The OET is currently accepted by the State Boards of Nursing in Arkansas, Florida, Michigan, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington.
The TOEIC VisaScreen® requirements are 725 for Reading and Listening, 150 for Writing, and 160 for Speaking. The multiple-choice test takes approximately two hours, and results are usually received within 8 days. The TOEIC is currently accepted by the State Boards of Nursing for Arkansas, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
The MET VisaScreen® requirements are a score of 55 overall and 50 for Speaking. The test takes approximately 155 minutes, and candidates usually receive results within five days. The MET is currently accepted by the State Boards of Nursing in Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Wyoming.
For more information about these English exams, or if you have any questions regarding the tests, contact your assigned MedPro International U.S. Advancement Guide or Team Lead, U.S. Advancement Guide Arman Barbuco.
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