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The Nursing CBT Exam

  • October 31, 2018

To work as a nurse or midwife within the NHS you must register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). To summarise the registration process, the NMC require you to evidence:

  • Your English language skills via IELTS or OET
  • Your knowledge and skills via:  
  1. Computer-based training test (CBT) - £130
  2. Observed structured clinical examination (OSCE) - £992

In today’s article, we provide you with all the information you need to know on the CBT exam.

What will the CBT test me on?

The computer-based-test comprises of 120 multiple-choice-questions and you must answer all questions within a 4-hour sitting.

50 questions

Application of general nursing competencies

50 questions

Application of general nursing competencies from a specific field of nursing i.e. adult, child, learning disabilities or mental health problems

20 questions

Critical questions that focus on patient and public safety

Pass Mark: 60% (Please note, you must answer 90% of the critical questions correctly)

The CBT is designed to test your knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of professional nursing practice. As you are an international trained nurse, the NMC expects you to meet UK pre-registered nurse standards.

The NMC, has therefore published a blueprint (criteria) which you will need to follow in order for you to pass your CBT test.

NMC Blueprint

The blueprint can be divided into four categories:

  1. Professional values
  2. Communication and interpersonal skills
  3. Nursing practice and decision making
  4. Leadership, management and team working

Advice when answering the exam questions

  • Spend a maximum of two minutes on each question
  • It is important to select the answer that you believe to be the ‘most’ correct from the options offered
  • If you are unsure of an answer, leave it and then return back to it at the end
  • Ensure your answers are based on UK practices, not on those from your home country

How do I apply for the CBT exam?

Please click here for a list of CBT Exam test centres – they are held in most countries.

You can book your CBT test online on the telephone.

How do I find out my CBT result?

48 hours after taking the exam, you will receive an email from the NMC that will provide you with a pass or fail result.

You can also obtain your results by logging into your Pearson VUE account which you created when you booked the exam.

What happens if I fail my exam?

If you, unfortunately, fail your exam, you can resit it a second time. Please note, you must wait for a minimum of 28 days between the first and second attempt of the examination.

What is the entire process of relocating to the UK for a Nurse?

Please click here to read our blog post which will provide you with a step-by-step guide.



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