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FAQs for candidates of NMC Test of Competence Part 2 (OSCE)

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

What is the process of Part 2?

To understand the process of Part 2 and detailed timescales please download our candidate journey document.

How can I prepare for my OSCE?

There is specific information and support for Adult Nursing, Mental Health Nursing, Learning Disability Nursing, Child Nursing, Midwifery and the EU Aptitude Test.

When do I book my exam?

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.

What happens next?

Once the candidate enters our process they will receive a booking link and password to choose a suitable date and time slot, and then make payment. Following payment they will gain access to all our online resources and E-Library.

What is expected of me on the test day?

To ensure that you fully understand the expectation of the exam, please refer to the summary of regulations for candidates.

How long does the test take?

All information is available to you in our e-learning library once you have booked and paid for your test. For additional information on the OSCE please see the Taking the OSCE guide.

How much does the test cost?

The test costs £794.

How much will a resit cost?

A part resit will cost £397 and a full resit will cost £794. Please refer to the Candidate Information handbook for further information on resits.

Can I change my test date?

Candidates can change or reschedule their exam date, however, it is important to note our Refund Cancellation Policy and take into account those timescales. Should you wish to cancel or reschedule your exam please email

I have more questions about the test

For questions regarding the test day, reading materials and equipment used please see the Candidate Information handbook and introductory video available on our information page. This is all the information we are able to provide in relation to the actual test in order to protect its integrity.

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