FAQs – NMC Competence Test Centre

More information surrounding the NMC Competence Test Centre

We have put together the answers to some frequently asked questions about Ulster University Test of Competence processes.

What is the process for Part two?

To understand the process of Part two and detailed timescales please download our candidate information booklet which will aid and support your OSCE preparation.

Booking the OSCE

You can only begin the OSCE stage of the Overseas registration process once you have received a decision letter from the NMC which will then enable you to contact us.

The NMC will inform us of a candidate’s eligibility to take the OSCE. Please note we are only able to book tests for candidates that have received this letter.

To enter the process please complete the online enquiry form.

What happens next?

Once the candidate enters our process, they will receive a link to our online booking service and a password for making payment.

You will then be prompted to choose a date for the test that is most convenient for you.

Following payment, you will gain access to all of our online resources and e-Library.

What is expected of me on the day?

To ensure that you fully understand the expectation of the examination, please refer to the ‘Summary of Regulations for Candidates.

How many test days are there?

The test centre is able to run OSCEs up to five days a week. The University currently has the capacity to run approximately 2,000 individual tests per year. Dates are available throughout the year and can be booked via our secure examination booking system.

These are the definitions for how we refer to test dates:

  • Open – test date is open and has availability to book
  • Full – test date is fully booked
  • Closed – Date unavailable

Please note, test dates are closed 14 days in advance to allow sufficient time for candidates to prepare.

How long does the OSCE take?

All information is available to you in our e-learning library once you have booked and paid for your test.

How much does it cost?

The OSCE costs £794. (Effective from 1st April 2019)

How much does a resit cost?

A partial resit will cost £397 and a full resit will cost £794. (Effective from 1st April 2019)

Can I change my OSCE date?

Candidates can change or reschedule their examination date.  However, it is important to note our cancellation and rescheduling policy, and take into account those timescales. Should you wish to cancel or reschedule your examination please complete the online enquiry form.

I have more questions about the OSCE?

For questions regarding the test day and reading materials please see the Candidate Information Booklet. This is all the information we are able to provide in relation to the actual test in order to protect its integrity.

For any further unanswered questions you may have, please contact us by email: ctc@ulster.ac.uk