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Computer Based Test (CBT)


Computer Based Test (CBT) is intended for nurses who have trained outside the European Union and European Economic Area who wish to work in the UK. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the professional regulatory body for nurses, midwives in the United Kingdom, and nursing associates in England. NMC has approved the development and administration of a Test of Competence (ToC) for nurses, midwives, and nursing associates who seek registration with them.

CBT is a two part test and one part of the ToC is a Computer Based Test (CBT). The exam lasts for 240 minutes (4 hours) and candidates get enough time to answer the questions and double check their answers. It consists of 120 multiple choice questions that have to be completed in four hours. 50 questions are based on application of general nursing competencies and 50 questions on application of general nursing competencies from a specific field of nursing such as adult, child, learning disabilities, or mental health issues. 20 questions are critical ones focusing on patient and public safety. Pass mark for CBT is 60%, provided that the candidate answers 90% of the critical questions correctly. All questions are scored as correct or incorrect and there is no partial credit. Candidates will be given a short tutorial on how to use the computer before starting the test. The result will indicate only if the candidate has passed or failed the test and no scores will be given. The result will be sent to the candidate’s email id within 24 to 48 hours or they can check the status on the Pearson Vue website account.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published a blueprint which has to be followed in order to pass the CBT. This blueprint is divided into four categories as below:-

Professional values


Communication & interpersonal skills


Nursing practice & decision making


Leadership, management & team working


The CBT is designed to test the knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of nursing professionals. The results of the CBT must be an accurate reflection of the authorized candidate’s knowledge and professional skills as a nurse or midwife. The practice of nursing or midwifery in the UK requires knowledge of the health needs of the patients as well as an understanding of the integrated, holistic processes fundamental to professional practice. The CBT includes items written at various cognitive levels, which are designed to test the knowledge of the candidate.

Benz International Academy has developed a training method based on the latest syllabus in CBT and we provide professional training for the students to appear their CBT exam with confidence and come out with flying colours. The course materials and the practice questions are formulated with the help of experienced practice nurses and clinical skills nurses. We have hundreds of questions available in our question bank that are prepared as a part of the course module. Students can use this to practise before their CBT test by NMC’s approved authority. The question bank includes its answers and rationale so that students can learn and understand the concept while they answer the questions. Mock tests are conducted at regular intervals and before appearing for the actual CBT test.