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Guide for the nursing Aptitude Test

Overseas Aptitude Test

The Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery in the Royal Collage of Surgeons Ireland (RCSI) coordinates and manages the Aptitude Test for overseas nurses who wish to register as a general nurse with the NMBI. This process takes 10-14 days to complete.

This Overseas Aptitude Test is different from the NMBI Adaptation and Assessment Test in that you do not need an employer to sponsor your nurse application. You can apply directly to the RCSI for a place on this programme. If you do wish to obtain employer sponsorship, they may be able to assist you with the registration and exam fees as well as provide you with employment. Either way, you will need to be fully aware of your visa access to work in Ireland.  

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Test Overview     

You must complete two parts to be successful in this test. If you fail your first attempt of either exam, you will be able to attempt these exams one more time.

          Part 1: Theory or Knowledge Test or MCQ Test – 3 hour multiple choice exam

          Part 2: Practical or Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Test. This is a 1-2 day practical assessment.

The RCSI will inform the NMBI of your Aptitude Test results. Once you have completed this test, you must direct all nurse registration queries to the NMBI.

If you are being sponsored, it is essential that you forward each piece of communication from the RCSI to your prospective employer/recruitment agent and that you inform them of any changes in your application status.

Here is more information on the Nursing Aptitude Test from the RCSI for nurses wanting to work in Ireland. This video tells nurses what to expect upon arriving in Ireland as a nurse to take this test:



More detailed information is available from the RCSI website - please click here

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