For overseas qualified nurses who want to register with the NMC
If you qualified as a nurse overseas and want to register as a nurse in the UK, you will need to provide evidence of English language competence.
In order to meet this requirement, you will need to satisfy one of the following criteria:
If you need to do an English language test, The NMC accepts two types:
For more information about the NMC's accepted English language tests, and what marks are required to pass, please see the NMC's guidance here.
Private tutors range from £15 - £45 per hour and can coach you either one on one, or in a group. Some tutors offer tuition via skype or facetime.
If you are going to hire a private tutor, consider the following:
RCN members can borrow books and access eBooks online.
Reading through nursing journals, books and newspapers will help develop your English and understanding of nursing issues. RCN members can also access a range of journals for free through the RCN library.
If you trained outside the EU or EEA, you will be required to complete the NMC Test of Competence which consists of two parts:
If you trained within the EU or EEA, you would only have to complete the OSCE if you failed to meet certain standards or requirements during your application. See the NMC's information for those who Trained in the EU or EEA for more details.
Part 1 is a computer based test, based of 120 multiple-choice questions. You will need to take this test under formal exam conditions in a Pearson VUE test centre. See the www.pearsonvue.com/nmc/ website for more details.
You can also read more about this exam in the NMC's guide, Candidate information booklet for the NMC Test of Competence, Part 1: Pearson VUE.
Part 2 of the test is called the OSCE, which will act out scenarios which nurses and midwives would be likely to come across when they assess, plan, carry out and evaluate care. You must sit the OSCE exam at one of three test centres in the UK. These are:
The University of Northampton's website has some useful information and resources to help you understand and prepare for your OSCE:
Oxford Brookes University's website also has some useful information and resources about OSCE:
You can find OSCE preparation books and eBooks using our Library subject guide. RCN members can borrow books and access eBooks online.
The NHS Employers website also has information about OSCE, including general information, top tips for OSCE preparation and useful links.