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​Introduction to new OSCE changes for International Nurses

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The NMC will start testing candidates with the new test from August 2021. They had planned to launch the test in summer 2020, but changed this to August 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The 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 in two pairs of two skills

  • Two new stations will be introduced - one will assess the candidate's values and behaviours and the other will assess evidence-based practice.

Each station will be assessed against an updated list of relevant criteria.

The fee for the new OSCE will stay at £794.

Preparation materials

The NMC has worked with clinical partners to review and develop new examination materials and is also improving the range and quality of preparation materials for candidates and those who support them.

Who will take the new test?

After the new ToC goes live in August 2021, anybody who applies through overseas registration route from that date will take the new test. This also applies to candidates based in the UK who choose to do the ToC as part of their return to practice.

Candidates who have begun their application, but not yet taken either the CBT or the OSCE before August, will also take the new test.

Candidates who have attempted to take the CBT or the OSCE before August 2021 will have a 12 month transition window to complete the current ToC. After 12 months, they will need take the new test.

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