Changes to UK NMC Test of Competence (CBT & OSCE) from April 2021

NMC use the two Test of Competence (CBT & OSCE) to assess the skills and knowledge of people wishing to join UK NMC’s register from overseas or rejoin their register after a long period away from practice. NMC have decided to launch a new Test of Competence from April 2021. Candidates will be start testing with the new Test of Competence from April 2021 onwards.

How the tests will be changing

  • The computer-based test (CBT) will be split into two parts – Part A: Numeracy and Part B: Theory.
  • 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.
  • Test content – as well as developing new content, NMC completed a thorough review of the current test content – where it was appropriate and safe to do so, we have updated and included existing content
  • Candidate support – NMC will be improving the range and quality of preparation materials available to candidates and those who support them.

To find out more about the changes, Format of the new test of competence

Source: UK NMC