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IELTS and OSCE exams

This guide will help nurses who qualified overseas prepare for the IELTS and OSCE exams. It has details of key resources and useful books.

Last updated: 01/08/2017

Key Resources

RCN Careers Service: Preparing for IELTS and OSCE exams
  • Explains who needs to complete the IELTS, CBT and OSCE exams. There are different requirements for nurses trained inside and outside the EU or EEA. Links to practice tests and other helpful information.
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Nursing and Midwifery Council - Registering as a nurse or midwife in the UK. For applicants trained in the EU or EEA
Nursing and Midwifery Council - Registering as a nurse or midwife in the UK. For applicants trained outside the EU or EEA

OSCE books

Bloomfield J, Pegram A and Jones C (2010) How to pass your OSCE: A guide to success in nursing and midwifery, Florence: Taylor and Francis. Bloomfield J, Pegram A and Jones C (2010) How to pass your OSCE: a guide to success in nursing and midwifery, Florence: Taylor and Francis.
Godson N (2011) Nursing & health: objective structured clinical examination survival guide, Harlow: Pearson Education. Godson N (2011) Nursing & health: objective structured clinical examination survival guide, Harlow: Pearson Education.
Harden R M, Lilley P and Patricio M (2015) The definitive guide to the OSCE: the objective structured clinical examination as a performance assessment, Edinburgh: Elsevier. Harden R, Lilley P and Patricio M (2015) The definitive guide to the OSCE: the objective structured clinical examination as a performance assessment, Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Harding D (2014) Deconstructing the OSCE, Oxford: Oxford University Press. Harding D (2014) Deconstructing the OSCE, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Cabellero C (2012) Nursing OSCES: a complete guide to exam success. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Cabellero C (2012) Nursing OSCEs: a complete guide to exam success. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Dougherty E (2015) The Royal Marsden manual of clinical nursing procedures: professional edition. Dougherty E (2015) The Royal Marsden manual of clinical nursing procedures: professional edition, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

IELTS books

Sorrenson M (2017) McGraw-Hill Education IELTS (second edition), New York: McGraw-Hill Education. Sorrenson M (2017) McGraw-Hill Education IELTS (second edition), New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
Cambridge Assessment (2016) IELTS 11: authentic examination papers. Academic with answers, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Cambridge English (2016) IELTS 11: authentic examination papers. Academic with answers, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Cullen P, French A and Jakeman V (2014) The official Cambridge guide to IELTS: for academic & general training. Student Cullen P, French A and Jakeman V (2014) The official Cambridge guide to IELTS: for academic & general training. Student's book with answers, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book subject searches

Use these links to see details of books the RCN libraries hold on each topic.

Oxford Brookes University: OSCE resources

NMC competency test centre at Oxford Brookes University
About the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
Candidate information booklet

University of Northampton: OSCE resources

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Test of competence
Candidate information booklet
Preparing for your OSCE examination

University of Ulster: OSCE resources

NMC Competence Test Centre (CTC)
Candidate information booklet
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Caroline Lynch

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