The test of competence is aimed at professionals who trained overseas or nurses who want to re-join the register after time away from practice.

The test of competence (ToC) material aims to help candidates, recruiters and employers understand the new ToC.

The test of competence, due to launch in August 2021, sets standard to ensures nurses and midwives who trained overseas and those who want to re-join the register after time away from practice have the right skills and knowledge to practise safely.

How the test will be changing

The computer-based test (CBT) will be split into two parts – Part A will cover numeracy and Part B will cover nursing or midwifery theory.

The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) will have 10 stations:

  1. Four stations will continue to be linked together around a scenario: the APIE (one station for assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation)
  2. Four stations will test skills – two pairs of two skills
  3. Two new stations will be introduced – one will assess the candidate’s values and behaviours and the other will assess evidence-based practice.

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