Booking & Costs

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You can register for the Test of Competence stage of the overseas registration process once you have received confirmation from the NMC that you are eligible to sit the Test of Competence. 

The NMC will confirm with us your eligibility to take the OSCE. 

We are only able to book tests for candidates that have received either a decision letter or Test of Competence Invitation Letter from NMC. 

What Happens Next?

Once you have emailed and registered your interest to sit the Test of Competence and we confirm you are eligible to complete the test: 

  • We will provide you with our availability matching your requested time frame. 
  • After agreeing a suitable and available date, we will send you a link to our online booking service and a password for making payment 
  • You will be required to make payment by card at the point of booking
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Effective from 1st April 2019, the cost of a full / new Test of Competence application is £794 


Payment for Full Examinations and Resit Examinations can be made online.

For FULL EXAMINATIONS use this link to make an online payment.

For RESIT EXAMINATIONS (resits up to seven stations) use this link to make an online payment.

For RESIT EXAMINATIONS (resits over eight stations) use this link to make an online payment.

Click here for instructions and further information on how to make online payments.

Candidates wishing to reschedule their test date must contact the Northumbria NMC Competence Test Centre at 

A minimum of three weeks’ notice from the original booked test date is required. 

Should the Northumbria NMC Competence Test Centre be informed after this time, candidates will be required to re-book a new test date with a full payment. 

You must allow ten days between original test date and re-sit to allow for additional preparation and action on feedback. 

Should you wish to cancel or reschedule your candidate examination please contact us on 

The cost of a re-sit depends on how many stations a candidate needs to retake. 

A Test of Competence 2021 re-sit consisting of 1-7 stations costs £397 and a re-sit consisting of 8-10 stations costs £794.00.

2nd Resit 

Costs are as 1st Resit. 

  • Candidates must wait 10 days before sitting the 2nd Resit. 
  • Should a candidate fail the 2nd resit then a new OSCE application is required. 
  • Candidates must wait six months before sitting the new OSCE. 
  • The new application will be charged at full cost. 

Refund, Cancellation and Substitution Policy for Part 2 of the NMC Test of Competence Competence Test Centre

Northumbria University accepts Part 2 of the NMC Test of Competence payment made by debit/credit card for individual bookings. For NHS Trusts and agencies, payment will be made by Purchase Order. In making such bookings, the client accepts this refunds, cancellations and substitutions policy.

Bookings: For all test bookings fees are payable prior to booking. Individual candidates – Payment is required at time of booking. Trusts – Examination dates and times will be confirmed by the University after initial communication from the Trust. Upon receipt of your payment, confirmation will be sent to the Trust to confirm the booking. An email confirmation will also be sent to each candidate on the booking. Please note that we can only accommodate by available dates, we cannot accommodate specific date requirements. Cancellations: Cancellation charges are applied in all cases. We regret that we must do this, however all bookings involve administrative costs, and it is difficult to fill spaces made vacant by late cancellations. Cancellation charges depend on when the written cancellation notice is received to (for individuals) or (for Trusts and agencies). A full refund will be given only if more than 3 weeks’ notice is given of a cancellation or reschedule, see below for refund rates: • Over 3 weeks of cancellation notice: Full refund • Less than 3 weeks cancellation notice: No refund unless in exceptional circumstances, for which a medial certificate may be requested. Alternatively, a substitute delegate can be named within 14 days of the test date. This is to allow them enough time to access the online materials. There will be no extra surcharge for making a substitution. No refund will be given for non-attendance or if no prior notice (within the stated time above) of cancellation is given. 

Please note: Unfortunately, there may be instances beyond the University’s control to change the timing of the test or test date. We reserve the right to cancel or move a test date up to and including the date of the test. We will strive to give as much notice as possible in such an event. The University will work closely with those affected to find the next most convenient date. In all cases, people who had registered to attend a cancelled test date will be given the option of a full refund or of rescheduling to a future date, but Northumbria University disclaim any further liability. Northumbria University will endeavour to give at least 24 hours’ notice for a cancelled Test of Competence date, but in the instance of staff sickness we will communicate with all candidates and/or trusts and agencies to advise. The University will not be held liable for any expenses incurred by the candidate and/or trust or agency.