CBT validity periods

Check our Covid-19: Information for overseas candidates page for the latest information on CBT validity periods.

Part one of the Test of Competence is a computer based test known as the CBT.

You can sit your CBT or OSCE in any order, but you must successfully complete both parts to continue with your application for initial registration or readmission.

Our CBT test provider is Pearson VUE. They have test centres in most countries around the world.

Booking your CBT

Bookings closed for the legacy CBT on 18 July 2021.

If you're eligible to take the legacy CBT, you need to email the ToC team at ToC@nmc-uk.org and they will arrange this for you.

Do not book your CBT via your Pearson Vue account after 19 July 2021 if you're taking the legacy CBT, as the appointments will be for the new CBT only.

If your CBT is due to expire

You must pass both parts of the legacy exam within two years of each other. If your legacy CBT expires and you haven't passed the legacy OSCE before this time, then you will need to take the new ToC (CBT and OSCE).

Preparing for your CBT

The CBT is made up of 120 multiple choice questions. 

We suggest you read the following to prepare for your CBT:

What to expect on the day

The Test of Competence 2014: CBT candidate information booklet for nurses and midwives explains what you can expect throughout the entire CBT process.

Verifying your identity

You will need to show the test centre your valid passport so that they can verify your identity. This must be the same passport that you provided earlier in your application.

If you get a new passport in the meantime, please contact us and we'll update this information within seven working days.

If your CBT is in less than seven working days, please call us on 020 7333 6600.

Getting your result

You can see your CBT results in your Pearson Vue account 48 hours after you sit your test.

Once you have successfully passed your CBT, your NMC Online account will also update to show this.

Test centre staff do not have access to your examination results.

Resitting the CBT

You can take a maximum of three CBT attempts as part of your application, but you’ll need to wait at least 10 days between each sitting.

If you do not pass your CBT on your third attempt, your application will close and you’ll need to start a new application if you want to register with us.