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New NMC OSCE & CBT pass rates in 2023, Prepare for Success.

NMC OSCE OET Pass Rate

This is the NMC OSCE and CBT Pass Rates of 2023, the whole year 2023 Analysis.

The success rate of applicants in the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is influenced by various factors, which are being investigated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in partnership with OSCE test centres and employers who support OSCE candidates. 

The most crucial factor in determining the success of an applicant is the level of preparedness and access to quality support. The degree of support and quality of test preparation can substantially vary depending on the employer or recruitment agency that supports the majority of applicants. 

Another significant factor, particularly for candidates new to the UK, is the duration of time available to them to adjust to the country before the examination. 

During the settling-in and preparation period on the day of the OSCE, the pastoral care offered to candidates is of utmost importance. This period can be emotional and stressful for many candidates due to the high levels of pressure and responsibility that they face. In the past year, test centres have implemented various support measures, including the provision of OSCE mock exams, marking criteria, and top tips to aid in the preparation of candidates.

The CBT contains a numeracy test (which consists of short-answer questions requiring a numerical answer), objective questions and a theory test (which is multiple choice). The CBT can be taken at a Pearson VUE test centre, available in most countries around the world.

January – March CBT 2023

Between January – March 2023, a total of 10062 applicants took the CBT and 86 percent passed both parts, across all fields of practise.  

The below table represents the total number of CBTs delivered including resits.

Pass RatesJanuary 2023February 2023March 2023Quarter Total
Part A: Numeracy86%90%86%87%
Part B: Clinical73%71%70%71%
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April – June CBT 2023

Between April – June 2023, a total a total of 10077 applicants took the CBT and 85% percent passed both parts, across all fields of practise.  

This represents the total number of CBTs delivered including resits.

Pass RatesApril 2023May 2023June 2023Quarter Total
Part A: Numeracy71%60%68%67%
Part B: Clinical78%68%76%74%

July – September  CBT 2023

July – September 2023: CBT pass rates 

Between July – September 2023, a total a total of 10,097 applicants took the CBT and 85% percent passed both parts, across all fields of practise. 

This represents the total number of CBTs delivered including resits.

Pass RatesJuly 2023August 2023September 2023Quarter Total
Part A: Numeracy94%88%74%86%
Part B: Clinical71%60%68%67%

October – December CBT 2023

October – December 2023: CBT pass rates 

Between October – December 2023, a total a total of 10,442 applicants took the CBT and 84 percent passed both parts, across all fields of practise.

This represents the total number of CBTs delivered including resits.

Pass RatesOctober 2023November 2023December 2023Quarter Total
Part A: Numeracy89%79%77%82%
Part B: Clinical66%70%70%69%
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OSCE pass rates 2023

January – March OSCE 2023

Between January – March 2023, a total of 10613 applicants took the new OSCE and overall, 76 percent achieved a pass. 

The below table represents the total number of OSCEs delivered including resits, across the five delivery partners.

Test centre pass ratesJanuary 2023 February 2023March 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates92%95%90%92%

April – June OSCE 2023

Between April – June 2023, a total of 10,121 candidates sat the OSCE and on average 76%  achieved a pass.

The below table represents the total number of OSCEs delivered including resits, broken down across the five test centres.

Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

Test centre pass ratesApril 2023 May 2023June 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates59%57%50%56%

 

Northumbria University at Newcastle

Test centre pass ratesApril 2023 May 2023June 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates54%58%53%61%

Oxford Brookes University

Test centre pass ratesApril 2023 May 2023June 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates52%47%49%50%

 

Ulster University

Test centre pass ratesApril 2023 May 2023June 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates60%60%63%61%

 

University of Northampton

Test centre pass ratesApril 2023 May 2023June 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates64%60%60%61%

July – September OSCE 2023

Between July – September 2023, a total of 10,281 candidates sat the OSCE and on average 82% achieved a pass.

The below table represents the total number of OSCEs delivered including resits, broken down across the five test centres

Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

Test centre pass ratesJuly 2023 August 2023September 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates47%53%58%53%

 

Northumbria University at Newcastle

Test centre pass ratesJuly 2023 August 2023September 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates54%55%64%57%

 

Oxford Brookes University

Test centre pass ratesJuly 2023 August 2023September 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates59%54%56%56%

Ulster University

Test centre pass ratesJuly 2023 August 2023September 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates63%66%68%66%

 

University of Northampton

Test centre pass ratesJuly 2023 August 2023September 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates62%58%58%59%

October – December OSCE 2023

Between October – December 2023, a total of 9,632 candidates sat the OSCE and on average 83 percent achieved a pass.

The below table represents the total number of OSCEs delivered including resits, broken down across the five test centres.

Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

Test centre pass ratesOctober 2023 November 2023December 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates58%63%60%60%

 

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Northumbria University at Newcastle

Test centre pass ratesOctober 2023 November 2023December 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates58%65%58%60%

 

Oxford Brookes University

Test centre pass ratesOctober 2023 November 2023December 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates56%62%58%59%

 Ulster University

Test centre pass ratesOctober 2023 November 2023December 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates64%64%61%63%

 University of Northampton

Test centre pass ratesOctober 2023 November 2023December 2023Quarterly Total
Pass rates55%57%61%57%

 As the candidate profile across test centres differs, it should be noted that there is no expectation that pass rates will be the same across test centres. However, the focus on consistency of marking/moderation across test centres ensures that the same candidate performance should achieve the same outcome, regardless of the test centre where the OSCE is taken.

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