changes to NMC CBT test

NMC UK changes to NMC CBT test of competence to reflect their new standards for nurses and standards for midwives.

This article provides some of the essential information about the new test of competence. Please share this with colleagues and friends who are preparing for CBT might find it helpful.

NMC UK will update this with more information as soon as possible. In the meantime, we've published some resources and information on the new test below to keep you informed.

Format of the new CBT test of competence

The computer-based test (CBT) – this will be split into two, both of which must be passed:

  • Part A: Numeracy – 15 marks in 30 minutes
  • Part B: Theory – 100 marks in 2 hours and 30 minutes.



CBT overview

Two parts awarded separately – both must be passed

Part A - Numeracy

  • 15 questions – one mark each
  • 30 minutes
  • Answers are
    • Generally calculated
    • May include four option multiple choice
  • A calculator can be used if desired
  • Applied numeracy set in nursing/midwifery context

Part B - Theory

  • 100 questions – one mark each
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Answers are one of four multiple-choice options
  • Cover the full range of Standards and all levels of Bloom’s taxonomy
  • All nursing tests are 90% generic and 10% field-specific
Posted in: UK