We're changing the test of competence to reflect our new standards for nurses and standards for midwives.

The new test will go live in the summer.

We will be publishing all of support materials in good time to give candidates, and those supporting them, everything they need to prepare.

We know that support and preparation for candidates is key to their success, so we're putting in a lot of effort to improve the preparation and support materials we make available. 

Check these web pages for the latest developments, ideas and announcements about the new test.

You can also get involved in one of the many workshops and webinars we’ve got planned between now and June.

Introducing AlphaPlus

In June 2019, we appointed our test design partner, AlphaPlus, to co-produce the new test with Nottingham University and our test delivery partners. 

AlphaPlus is a specialist education and assessment consultancy whose work spans the public and private sectors, schools, colleges, vocational and professional learning.

They work with many professional certification agencies similar to NMC and ensure their clients’ assessments are valid, reliable and fair to the candidates.

Over the last 6 months we have been working extremely closely with AlphaPlus and our CBT and OSCE delivery partners to plan and prepare for the new test.

Learn about the changes