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      The Nursing and Midwifery Council of United Kingdom had earlier announced the need for changes to its legacy Computer Based Test (CBT) and Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) and proposed a new test of competence against the summer of this year has since kicked off  the 2nd of August.

      Even as many details of the exam has been released, many are still in the dark of what the new test of competence would look like. Healthworkersbio has taken time to gather information from reliable sources on what to expect in the new test of competence. As a matter of fact, the NMC-UK has commenced trials of the same exam.

      NMC CBT Changes

      Nmc cbt exam
      NMC CBT

      -The Exam organiser will be AlphaPlus.

      -More details of this could be found with Alphaplus by CLICKING ME

      A PDF document explaining this in details can be downloaded- Nmc uk 2021 new test of competence

      -NMC UK resources page- CLICK ME

      -The Exam centre:- Locally in your home country but likely to have a virtual mode instead of a physical exam centre.

      -The CBT will be a two-part examination, comprising one test of 115 questions.

      The candidates will be given 3 hours to complete the test, with:-

      Part A taking 30 minutes and
      Part B taking 2.5 hours.

      Part A will comprise a 15-mark numeracy test made up of constructed one-number answers.

      Part B will be a 100-mark clinical assessment made up of four-option, multiple-choice questions with one single correct answer.

      – Part A and Part B will be taken in a single sitting but will be awarded separately. If a candidate fails either part, they need only re-sit the part they have failed.

      – Candidates will be notified of their results in the CBT within 15 working days of the test being taken.

      – Results will be given as a pass/ fail decision on each of Part A: Numeracy and Part B: Clinical separately.

      -The candidate will have to pass both parts of the CBT before they can be accepted onto the NMC register for nurses.


      The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) will have 10 stations:

      • Four stations will continue to be linked together around a scenario: the APIE (one station for assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation)
      • Four stations will test skills
      • Two new stations will be introduced – one will assess the candidate’s values and behaviours and the other will assess evidence-based practice

      OSCE marking criteria – each station will be assessed against specific criteria and with a holistic judgement.

      You can find some practice questions in our earlier post: NMC PRACTICE QUESTIONS

      Test specification Documents: toc-21-test-specification—nursing

      More information could be gotten at NMC page: https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/toc-review/


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