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Breaking News: OET now accepted for NMC Registration.

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Two days ago, the Nursing and Midwifery Council made an announcement that they will accept the Occupational English Test (OET) as an alternative test to prove the English proficiency of nurses and midwives trained outside the UK, starting on November 1, 2017. You can check the full article here. It is noted that many nurses that are trained outside EU are struggling to pass their IELTS. This sounds a very good news indeed for aspiring UKRNs, they now have another option should they find it difficult to pass IELTS.

A friend of mine who took both OET and IELTS in the past told me that OET is easier than IELTS. I can’t really prove this, but, just knowing you have another option aside from the IELTS, makes the nurses breathe a little easier and less anxious. Of course, you still have to prepare yourself well before taking the OET. I was told that the exam is worth more than twenty thousand pesos. That’s like two IELTS exam fees combined.

Another thing to consider is that when you apply for your UK visa, you will still need to secure a UKVI IELTS exam. At this very moment, it is unclear if the Home Office will accept the OET for visa purpose. If it will be accepted, that’s good news. If not, then you’ll pay another thirteen thousand for your UKVI IELTS test. On the brighter side, you will only need to get an overall band score of 4 for Tier 2 visa application.

I still think it is best to take and pass the UKVI IELTS exam, because it is cheaper and can be used for both the NMC registration and visa application. But, if you can afford it, go for the OET.

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The Pearson Vue NMC computer based test (CBT)

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How does one prepare for the Pearson Vue NMC computer based test (CBT)?

Fear of the unknown.

In my experience, after a brief relief and elation from passing the IELTS test, I felt a different kind of fear and panic in preparation for the NMC computer based test (CBT). Compared to the IELTS, there are very few information you can get online regarding the CBT and that usually causes the panic for test takers. When you go to the NMC site, there is a “blueprint” that the Nursing and Midwifery Council encourages CBT takers to read and study. Also, some people on the internet advised to read the Royal Marsden Manual. I found a small comfort in that, but when I downloaded the files and opened them, the fear took over the comfort I felt. It’s lengthy and it also have lots of links to other sites. Who has the time to read all of that?

Calm the f down.

Breathe in, breathe out. Relax. After that, figure out a time table that will enable you to read the blueprints, the links, and the entire Royal Marsden Manual. In my case, I only had two weeks to prepare. If you are planning to take the exam too, make sure you have enough time to study. The exam is worth One Hundred and Thirty pounds, if you don’t want your money wasted, you have to study.

Know your enemy.

One of the requirements before you take the NMC CBT is the IELTS score. Once you go to the NMC site to register for the CBT, they will ask you to put in some information regarding your IELTS. Then, they will send you an email if you are eligible to take the exam. The email will direct you to the Pearson Vue wesite. Book and pay for the exam, and make sure to read the Candidate Information Booklet. This contains all the necessary information regarding the exam. Knowing what’s going to happen will lessen your anxiety. The booklet will tell you the do’s and don’ts as well as what you should expect on your exam day.

Plan.

I created a two-week review guide that allowed me to read almost all of my study materials. I divided the Royal Marsden Manual by chapter and tried to read them according to my time table or until my brain is fried. Seriously. I read the Blueprints first, then the Manual, and I checked out the links last. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to read all of them because of time constraints. Time is your friend, you have to use them wisely. Again, when booking your exam, make sure you have ample time to study.

Read. Read. Read.

Aside from the the NMC Blueprint and the Royal Marsden Manual, try to look for other review sources such as the NMC Site, NHS, RCN, etc. These sources are available online. Comprehension is important when you read the review materials. If you come to a point that you cannot absorb anything that you read, you have to stop. You are just wasting your time. You need to clear your mind a little bit, and try to make learning fun. I used flash cards to help me remember some stuff. Also, don’t read on a place where your bed is visible, because you’ll likely end up reading in your bed and eventually, fall asleep. In my experience, I find reading at the early hours of the morning more conducive for learning than on the middle of the day. Read as much as you can.

Pray.

Regardless of your religion, pray anyway. It will bring you comfort and peace when you take the exam.

If you are an aspiring UKRN like me, I wish you luck on your exam! You can do this!

For more information, visit the Pearson Vue for NMC site here.

Trying and failing to be “zen”

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I am currently waiting for my decision letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Council in UK. My application is added on the queue on the 6th of July. According to the NMC website, the assessment process will take 40-70 working days. It’s going to be a long wait.

I left my job in April and I decided not to be in the workforce for a while because I needed the break after a six- year long career overseas. I try to be productive by studying as often as I could to prepare for the OSCE. Anyway, this morning, I was looking for some planning and documentation samples online and I stumbled upon a forum that discusses their experience with regard to the assessment process with the NMC. Most of the time, I avoid looking at such forums because I don’t want to worry about things that aren’t happening yet or probably wont happen to me at all, but today, I was weak. I got sucked into this vortex of fears and worries about delays and resubmission of documents. I read the forum for an hour. It’s pretty scary. I’m trying to get my “zen” back, but the “horror” stories are still fresh in my mind. So, here I am trying to distract myself by blogging.

If you are a UKRN or an aspiring UKRN, I’d love to hear some positive experience working in the UK or with the whole registration process. Please leave a message on the comment box! Thank you.

Have a great day ahead!

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