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NEW UPDATE OF TEST OF COMPETENCE FOR INTERNATIONAL NURSES: OSCE AND CBT

by Mathew James Ealoor

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NEW UPDATE OF TEST OF COMPETENCE FOR INTERNATIONAL NURSES: OSCE AND CBT

 

The NMC has been working through the period of 2019 and 2020, to develop a new Test of Competence that reflects the new standard for nurses and midwives. Although it was to go live in summer 2020, due to the Covid-19 scenario, it was postponed. It will enable the candidates and the employers to be prepared for the new test.

The NMC will start testing the candidates with new testing from April 2021.

 

TEST OF COMPETENCE

The Test of Competence will remain a two-part test that assesses a candidate’s competence to be a nurse or midwife in the UK. You can take the Test of Competence if you are applying from overseas or returning to practice. The first part, a computer-based test, tests a candidate’s numeracy skills and theoretical knowledge. The second part is a practical examination at one of our test centres.

We are updating the content and structure of the Test of Competence to reflect the new standards for nurses and midwives in the UK.

As well as creating new content for the Test of Competence, where it has been possible, safe and appropriate to do so we updated and reused current content to align with the new standards.

 

WHAT ARE THE CHANGES TO THE NEW TEST OF COMPETENCE?

  • The computer-based test (CBT) will be split into two parts –
  • Part A: Numeracy: 15 marks in 30 minutes
  • Part B: Theory: 100 marks in 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • 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 has completed a thorough review of the current test content - where it was appropriate and safe to do so, they have updated and included existing content

 

FORMAT OF THE NEW TEST OF COMPETENCE

 

Source Reference: www.nmc.org.uk