NMC make changes to OSCE test sittings

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The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has made a change to the number of objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) test attempts an overseas trained (non-EU/EEA) nurse or midwife can take as part of their application for registration.


From 6 April 2017, an applicant who fails their first attempt at OSCE can re-sit it after ten days. If they fail it a second time, they will have the opportunity to sit for a third time, waiting three months to allow for further preparation.

This change will benefit those applicants on Tier 2 visas as it brings the NMC overseas registration process in line with the eight month time limit granted by their visa to successfully complete their OSCE.  

Key process timescales

For applications started before 6 April 2017

  • Applicants can sit both parts of the test of competence (computer based test (CBT) and OSCE) twice as part of one application.
  • If the applicant is unsuccessful after their permitted attempts, their application will close. They will be required to submit a new application but will not be able to sit the OSCE again for a minimum of six months.
  • This period should provide any applicant with adequate time to address any shortfalls identified and carry out the appropriate revision or training.

For applications started after 6 April 2017

CBT

  • Applicants can sit the first part of the test of competence (the CBT) twice as part of one application.
  • If an applicant is unsuccessful at their first CBT they must wait a minimum of 28 working days before they can sit the CBT again.
  • If an applicant is unsuccessful after their second CBT, their application will close. They will be required to wait six months before submitting a new eligibility application to take the test again.

OSCE

  • Applicants may sit the second part of the test of competence, the OSCE, up to three times as part of one application.
  • If an applicant is unsuccessful at their first OSCE, they must wait a minimum of 10 working days before they can take the examination again.
  • If an applicant is unsuccessful at their second OSCE, they must wait a minimum of three months from the date of their second attempt before they can take the OSCE for the third time.
  • If the applicant is unsuccessful after their permitted attempts, their application will close. They will be required to submit a new application but will not be able to sit the OSCE again for a minimum of six months.

You can find more information about the changes on the NMC website.

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