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The ToC is used to assess the knowledge and skillset of nurses and midwives applying to join the NMC register from abroad, or those who are re-joining the register after a while away from practice. The ToC is split up into two sections – a multiple choice Computer Based Test (CBT) and a practical exam called the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) – you can find out more about the OSCE in our blog.
Before the ToC, you would’ve needed to have completed your English language test to be able to work in UK healthcare – either the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Occupational English Test (OET). Here’s more on how to achieve high scores in these tests. Not sure of which you need to take? Find out here.
In this blog, you’ll find out more about the CBT – what the test involves, how much it costs and how you can book to take it:
The CBT is the first part of the Test of Competence (ToC) and is of course computer based. The test is split into two parts – Part A covers numeracy, lasts 30 minutes and includes 15 short-answer questions, and Part B covers clinical questions for nursing/midwifery, is 2 hours and 30 minutes in total, and has 100 questions to answer. The NMC has CBT information booklets for both nurses and midwives, plus other preparation materials to help you prepare for what will happen on the day of the test.
There is a cost to taking the CBT. To take both parts, the cost is £83. If you fail and then need to resit the CBT, the fees will be: £83 (to resit Part A & Part B), £50 (to resit only Part A) and £70 (to resit only Part B).
You must complete both the CBT and the OSCE to continue your application for initial NMC registration. The NMC’s CBT test provider is Pearson VUE, which has test centres in most countries around the world.
Once the NMC has confirmed you need to take the ToC, Pearson VUE will email you confirming your account has been created and supply a temporary password to log in with. Once you receive an email from Pearson VUE stating that your account has been created, you’ll be able to log in, and book and pay for your CBT exam. You’ll be shown the individual prices for each of the exam modules in the first instance but expect to be charged a fee of £83 at the checkout, when you book both modules.
Once you’ve completed the CBT exam, your results will be submitted, and you’ll receive either a pass or fail result for both Part A and Part B of the test. You can find your results in the exam report provided once you’ve completed the CBT, or via your Pearson VUE account.
Passing the CBT is pretty much the last thing you’ll need to do before you can apply to one of our roles – good luck and if you have any further questions about the CBT process, don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org – our customer support team will do their best to help.
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