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Fairness in English language testing.

I agree with your letter writer Jan Weststrate (February, p5) who supports the idea that New Zealand nurses should sit the English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams. If this is to be applied practically, however, the better option would be to admit for training only those students who can produce a certificate of passing the four IELTS bands at level seven. Otherwise, someone who has completed three years of training and then fails to pass the four bands will be left with no options.

Nurses trained in New Zealand have to sit state examinations, even though they have spent three years in Nursing Council-approved programmes. Overseas nurses do not have to sit State finals to get their registration here. This is not entirety fair, either.

Ashwani Kumar Arora, RN, Auckland

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Author:Arora, Ashwani Kumar
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:May 1, 2009
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