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.