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  • Initial NMC assessment to confirm eligibility
  • 1 year’s minimum experience as registered nurse
  • IELTS – 7 in all categories
  • Online computer based test (CBT – can be taken in own country)
  • Full assessment of nurse training and education including transcripts/CV/ references etc
  • OSCE assessment (only taken in UK)
  • Normally 2 attempts (exceptional for 3rd attempt)
  • Can re-apply after 6 months

Applicants must complete an online self-assessment of their eligibility to apply before beginning the application process.


All non-EU trained applicants to the nurses or midwives part of the register must complete the International English Language Test (IELTS) before sending their applications.

You must complete the academic version of the IELTS test and achieve:

  • at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections
  • at least 7.0 in the writing and speaking sections, and
  • at least 7.0 (out of a possible 9) overall

Applicants may provide two IELTS test certificates to meet the above requirements, but must not have scored below 6.5 in any categories, in either of the test sittings. The two test sittings must be taken within six months of each other to be considered.

IELTS scores are valid for two years

Example scenarios

  Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Test 1 7 7.5 6.5 7
Test 2 6.5 7 7.5 8

This application would be accepted as the applicant has scored 7 in all categories, and no score is lower than 6.5.

Occupational English Test (OET)

OET  is another acceptable English proficiency test. You must have an OET examination certificate that confirms you have achieved:

  • At least a B grade in the writing, reading, listening and speaking sections.

Combining OET test scores

You can achieve the required mark across two test sittings if:

  • You sit the tests within six months of each other
  • You’re tested in all four sections at the same time
  • All grades in both sittings are above Grade C+, and
  • You achieve Grade B or higher in all four sections when the results of both sittings are viewed together

After achieving the minimum English criteria, the NMC has a test of competence. This involves two stages:


CBT (Computer Based Test)- In own country via Pearson VUE test centres

  • Applicants can sit the first part of the test of competence (the CBT) twice as part of one application
  • If an applicant is unsuccessful at their first CBT they must wait a minimum of 28 working days before they can sit the CBT again
  • If an applicant is unsuccessful after their second CBT, their application will close. They will be required to wait six months before submitting a new eligibility application to take the test again
  • 120 Multiple choice question (60% score overall to pass and 90% of Critical question must be answer correctly


OSCE (The Objective Structured Clinical Examination)

The second part of the test is the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). This will act out scenarios which nurses and midwives are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, carry out and evaluate care. Each separate clinical examination is known as a ‘station’ and candidates will visit all the stations within a set time.

Each of the six stations has standardised marking criteria against which all candidates are assessed. Candidates are assessed by a panel of examiners and will be filmed for quality assurance purposes.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate safe and effective practice. The test of competence is based on current UK pre-registration standards.

  • Applicants may sit the second part of the test of competence, the OSCE, up to three times as part of one application
  • If an applicant is unsuccessful at their first OSCE, they must wait a minimum of 10 working days before they can take the examination again
  • If an applicant is unsuccessful at their second OSCE, they must wait a minimum of three months from the date of their second attempt before they can take the OSCE for the third time
  • If the applicant is unsuccessful after their permitted attempts, their application will close. They will be required to submit a new application but will not be able to sit the OSCE again for a minimum of six months
  • 20 minutes per station with 5 minutes’ familiarisation
  • 4 stations are scenario based, related to holistic patient centred nursing and midwifery care
  • 2 stations are focused on practical clinical skills
  • Each station has a 20-criterion based assessment sheet
  • Maximum of 3 re-sits

Immigration requirements for non-EEA nurses and midwives

If you trained outside the EU/EEA

All overseas trained nurses must meet UK immigration requirements to come in the UK to make sure that there are appropriate provisions for applicants taking the test of competence: part two – the objective structure clinical examination (OSCE).

  • For those sponsored by an employer, it is expected that the sponsorship will formally start from the date of the scheduled OSCE, with arrival permitted up to 14 days ahead of that date. The sponsor may choose to continue to offer sponsorship in cases where the individual needs to re-sit the OSCE.
  • For those without sponsorship who wish to travel to the UK to take the examination, a visitor visa provision is being put in place. This will allow nurses and midwives to enter the UK on a six-month visitor visa specifically to take the OSCE.

Find out more about visas and immigration on the UK government website.


Bright Careers International works closely with each applicant to ensure all the necessary visa regulations and professional regulations are met.