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NMC announces date of new Nurse Test of Competence

The Nursing & Midwifery Council will launch its revised Test of Competence (ToC) on Monday 2 August 2021.

The new ToC will reflect the NMC’s new Future Nurse and Future Midwife standards, ensuring standardised practice, regardless of where the registrant has trained or how long they’ve been out of practice. Other changes previously announced include:

  • Splitting the computer-based test (CBT) into two parts – Part A will cover numeracy and Part B will cover nursing or midwifery theory
  • The new practical part of the test, the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) will have ten stations rather than six. It will assess additional skills as well as the candidate’s values and behaviours, and evidence-based practice.

A range of supporting resources, including seven webinar recordings, are available to help candidates, employers and recruiters to prepare for the new ToC. Booking guidance for the CBT is now available, to support information on transition arrangements.


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