According to the NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) a new pilot scheme has proved successful in improving the candidate experience when taking the Test of Competence.
The Viva pilot program was conducted from May to June 2023, and spanned all five test centres. The Viva component allowed candidates to address errors they may have made in their OSCE assessments, and if they adequately rectified these errors during the Viva, it resulted in a corresponding adjustment in the station’s marking.
Throughout the pilot phase, approximately 100 candidates participated in the Viva across various stations, showcasing its adaptability and effective integration within the OSCE.
Thanks to the positive outcomes of the Viva pilot, as of October 23, 2023, all test centres will implement this feature. Candidates across all nursing and midwifery fields, as well as those seeking registration as a nursing associate, will be able to access the Viva.
Initially, it will be introduced to just one station, excluding written stations, and it will only be available to first-time test takers. It’s important to note that the Viva does not alter the level of preparation required by candidates for the test, and there are currently no plans to modify the established marking criteria.
Furthermore, the Viva will not necessitate additional learning, and it will not be applied to candidates who commit errors of severe patient safety concern during the test.