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. Yes, UK NMC has declared the change in CBT pattern. From August 2021 NMC will start testing the candidates with the new computer-based test (CBT).
The new NMC CBT 2021 comprises 115 questions. All questions are scored either as correct or incorrect. That is there is no partial credit. One part will be a 100-mark theory assessment and the other part will comprise of a 15-mark numeracy assessment. You can review your answers and change them if you wish. The CBT does not use negative scoring for a question that is not answered or if the question is answered incorrectly
The duration of the NMC CBT is 3 hours. To complete the test maintain a reasonable pace, spending a maximum of 1.5 minutes on each question. You can do your calculations on the erasable note board, then type in the answer you wish to
Structure of 2021 NMC CBT
NMC planned to launch the new CBT test in summer 2020, however, it was then postponed to April 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The candidate may sit the NMC CBT up to 3 times as part of one application. A minimum of 10 days’ gap will be asked between each sitting. If the nurse/midwife is unsuccessful after the permitted attempts, the application will be close. Hence the nurse/midwife is required to submit a new application. However, the nurse/midwife will not be able to sit the CBT again for a minimum of 6 months.
In the new NMC CBT, Part A and Part B are taken together in a single sitting but are passed or failed independently. If a nurse/midwife fails any part, only the unsuccessful part is required to be re-sit. The re-sit for Part A will take 30 minutes and the re-sit for Part B will take 2.5 hours. For each re-sit, the nurse/midwife will be administered a new form of the CBT. The CBT and the OSCE can be taken in either order, although most candidates take the CBT first.