Part two of the Test of Competence is a practical exam known as the OSCE. In this part you'll be tested on your clinical and communication skills.
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.
Booking your OSCE
There are three approved OSCE test providers:
Applying for initial registration
Once we've confirmed that you need to take the Test of Competence, you can book and pay for your OSCE with one of our test providers.
If you're applying for registration as a nursing associate, you'll need to book your OSCE with the University of Northampton.
Applying for readmission
You can book your Test of Competence in your NMC Online account.
We’ll then send you an email with details of how to book and pay for your OSCE with one of our test providers.
Preparing for your OSCE
The OSCE is made up of six stations:
- Four stations are based around a scenario: the APIE (one station for assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation).
- Two stations test practical clinical skills.
Our approved test centres have published a number of resources to help you prepare for your OSCE, including a candidate booklet and mock OSCE scenarios.
Visit your chosen test centre's website for more information.
We also suggest you read the following to prepare for your OSCE:
- ToC test blueprints - these explain how our standards may be tested by the CBT or OSCE
- The Code - these are the professional standards that everyone on our register must uphold throughout their practise.
What to expect on the day
For more information about what will happen during your OSCE, please read the candidate information booklet on the relevant test centre website.
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.
Someone at the test centre will also take your photograph for your ID that you need to wear while you're there.
Getting your result
We'll email your results to you within 5 working days of the date of your OSCE.
If you pass your OSCE, you’ll get an email with details of what to do next.
If you fail your OSCE, you’ll get an email with feedback on which stations and elements you were unsuccessful in. This information will help you prepare for your resit attempt as you only need to resit the stations you did not pass.
If your NMC Online account shows you were unsuccessful but you haven’t received your feedback, please contact your test centre. We cannot provide the feedback to you.
Resitting the OSCE
You can take the OSCE a maximum of three times as part of your application, but you need to wait at least 10 days between each sitting.
If you do not pass your OSCE on your third attempt, your application will close and you’ll need to start a new application if you want to register with us. You must wait at least six months before you sit the OSCE again.
You may be able to appeal if you believe that the process was compromised during the exam or an irregularity occurred in the conduct of the examination.
For more information about the appeals process, please read the candidate information booklet on the relevant test centre website.
Questions about your OSCE
If you have a query about your OSCE booking or exam results, please contact your test centre: