NMC: IELTS and OET
The NMC have announced the acceptance of an alternative English language test to IELTS being, Occupational English Test (OET). This alternative exam (in four sections) is entirely relevant to ‘nursing’, however please be aware that OET is not accepted for Immigration. You can find more details below.
To be sponsored to work in the UK you need to achieve either:
Further information can be found here.
English requirements both for Immigration (If required) and NMC
You can prove your knowledge of English for immigration by either:
You can meet the NMC English level requirements by either passing:
See this guidance for NMC requirements.
When your English requirements have been met, next you register with the NMC and complete an eligibility assessment which is a self-assessment declaring that you meet all the requirements to join the NMC register.
Computer Based Test
Once the eligibility assessment is passed, you will be asked to sit the first part of the test of competence. This will be a computer-based test (CBT) of theoretical practicebased knowledge. The test format will be multiple choice and can be taken in test centres around the world. Applicants will need to contact Pearson Vue, the test provider, to book and pay for their test. View here for more information.
OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination)
Once you have passed your CBT and you are in the UK you will then be ready to take your second part of the assessment. This is a practical examination called an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) which will act out scenarios which nurses are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, carry out and evaluate care.
Please see below a list of OSCE test centres:
Delivered here at the Royal Surrey by experienced practitioners the 5 week programme based on the criteria set by the NMC, equips candidates with the practical and theoretical knowledge to pass the OSCE.
The programme covers all core elements set out in part 2 of the NMC test of competence:
The course also features a mock assessment to ensure candidates have the opportunity to practice their skills under exam conditions in preparation for their final exam.
We will support you as much as we can through this process and strongly recommend you visit the NMC website for further information.