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Overseas Aptitude Test – General Nurse


Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery

Application process

Information about how to apply for the RCSI Overseas Aptitude Test is available below.

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Step 1: Apply to NMBI

Apply to the NMBI for a recognition of qualifications, which involves comparison of your qualifications with the Irish education standards and requirements.

Possible outcomes:

  • qualifications recognised
  • submit missing document(s)
  • qualifications refused for recognition
  • a compensation measure is required

Click here for more information.

One of the compensation measures is the RCSI FNM Aptitude Test for Overseas Nurses.


Step 2: Prepare to apply for the test

Before you apply for a place on the test you are strongly encouraged to fully familiarise yourself with all of the information contained in this website. You should consider if you are:

  • eligible to take the test
  • ready/prepared to take the test
  • interested in taking the test

If required, you should have a prospective employer; an employment contract; and a preferred start date that is realistically achievable.

The preferred date, which must be written at the end of the proof of payment, cannot be less that nine weeks from the date of complete application for the test (unless you are living in Ireland and/or you have all the required documentation). There is no guarantee that a preferred date will be available. This must be considered when deciding on contract dates with prospective employers. If a place is not available as requested then the nearest available match will be given.

If a preferred date is not requested, then the test date open at the point of a completed application is given.


Step 3: Apply for the test

You will need to complete an online application and upload four documents with your application. Do not commence application until you have the four documents ready for uploading:

  • Recent photograph
  • Biography/biometrics page of passport/ID
  • Proof of payment (refer to Fees page)
  • NMBI decision letter that must: be in date; state it is the General Nurses Division that applies to your application; and state that you need to successfully complete a compensation measure and that one of the compensation measures is the RCSI FNM Aptitude Test for General Nurses.

Upon receipt of a complete application for the test, an invitation is sent within five days.


Step 4: Obtain an Atypical Working Scheme (AWS) letter of approval

Application should be made for an AWS letter of approval. Allow sufficient time and check the website for expected time required. RCSI cannot answer any queries in relation to immigration requirements (please refer to the Irish Immigration Service).


Step 5: Obtain an entry visa

Application should be made for an entry visa. Allow sufficient time and check the website for expected time required. RCSI cannot answer queries in relation to immigration requirements, including employment needs (please refer to the Irish Immigration Service).


Step 6: Confirm your place

Two weeks prior to a test date, RCSI FNM sends you further information regarding your test together with a booking confirmation form. The completed form must be returned by 10am (Irish Standard Time) on the Thursday (nine days before the test date). The completed form cannot be returned unless you are sure you are going to attend and you must have in hand your passport and entry visa and flight ticket (if required).


Step 7: Results

Results of the theory test are issued via email by 6pm on the day of the test. If you are successful in the theory test, you are invited to the OSCEs/practical test.

Results of OSCEs/practical test are issued via email by 2pm on the Wednesday following the test. If you pass then your results are sent to the NMBI, where you can then progress with your registration.

If either part of the test is failed on the first attempt, then a proposed date for the repeat is offered. If an applicant fails either part of the test on the second attempt, then the NMBI is informed.


Step 8: Registration with NMBI

When an applicant successfully completes the RCSI FNM Aptitude Test for Overseas Nurses, NMBI is informed. NMBI then emails the applicant advising how to proceed with the application for registration. The applicant can track the progress of the application via the MyNMBI online portal. The applicant must ensure that they have logged in to their account and updated their personal information to ensure that they receive this email.

Please direct all further queries to NMBI. RCSI cannot answer any queries regarding registration with the NMBI. You can find more information here.

RCSI has now completed its communication regarding the Aptitude Test and wishes each applicant a happy and successful career.

All future test dates are provisional. If there are insufficient numbers, then a test date may be cancelled and an alternative test date will be offered.

An applicant must be ready for the test date nine days in advance of a test date, including having your entry visa, flight ticket and passport in hand. This is to allow for booking confirmation.

Possible Theory/MCQ Possible Practical/OSCE (first attempt) Possible repeat Practical/OSCE (second and final attempt)
26 November 2022 27 November 2022 10 December 2022
26 November 2022
3 December 2022 7 January 2023
10 December 2022 11 December 2022 7 January 2023
7 January 2023 8 January 2023 29 January 2023
14 January 2023 15 January 2023 29 January 2023
21 January 2023 22 January 2023 11 February 2023
11 February 2023 12 February 2023 4 March 2023
12 February 2023 18 February 2023 4 March 2023
18 February 2023 19 February 2023 4 March 2023
19 February 2023 25 February 2023 25 March 2023
4 March 2023 5 March 2023 25 March 2023
5 March 2023 11 March 2023 25 March 2023
11 March 2023 12 March 2023 25 March 2023
25 March 2023 26 March 2023 15 April 2023
26 March 2023 1 April 2023 15 April 2023
15 April 2023 16 April 2023 6/7 May 2023
22 April 2023 23 April 2023 6/7 May 2023
20 May 2023 21 May 2023 10/11 June 2023
21 May 2023 27 May 2023 10/11 June 2023
27 May 2023 28 May 2023 10/11 June 2023
17 June 2023 18 June 2023 8/9 July 2023
18 June 2023 24 June 2023 8/9 July 2023
24 June 2023 25 June 2023 8/9 July 2023
22 July 2023 23 July 2023 12/13 August 2023
23 July 2023
29 July 2023 12/13 August 2023
29 July 2023 30 July 2023 12/13 August 2023
19 August 2023 20 August 2023 9/10 September 2023
20 August 2023 26 August 2023 9/10 September 2023
26 August 2023 27 August 2023 9/10 September 2023
16 September 2023 17 September 2023 7/8 October 2023
17 September 2023 23 September 2023 7/8 October 2023
23 September 2023 24 September 2023 7/8 October 2023
14 October 2023 15 October 2023 4/5 November 2023
15 October 2023 21 October 2023 4/5 November 2023
21 October 2023 22 October 2023 4/5 November 2023
11 November 2023 12 November 2023 3 December 2023
12 November 2023 18 November 2023 3 December 2023
18 November 2023 19 November 2023 3 December 2023
25 November 2023 26 November 2023 16/17 December 2023
26 November 2023 2 December 2023 16/17 December 2023
9 December 2023 10 December 2023 January 2024

Please note: Tests do not take place on a weekend that is linked with a public/bank holiday in the Republic of Ireland.

Postponement

If your test date is more than four weeks away when you request the postponement, then the postponement will be to the test date after the test date open at the time of the postponement request. However, if it is less than four weeks, then the postponement will be to the third test after the test date that is open. Submit the following to marianeary@rcsi.com.

  • Applicant name as per passport
  • Applicant eight-digit RCSI ID number
  • Agent
  • Prospective employer
  • Current test date
  • Reason for postponement
  • Are all parties are aware of postponement? (applicant/agent/prospective employer)

Earlier test date request

Apply only to go on wait list for an earlier test date if highly likely applicant will make the date. Please allow sufficient time to prepare for the test before going on a wait list for an earlier test date.

The test open at the time of the request is not available for the purpose of a wait list. In the event that an earlier test date is offered and not taken up, then postponement will be to postponement date when the offer is not taken up. An earlier test date is not guaranteed and this must be considered when booking a flight.

First priority is given to applicant currently living in Ireland. Second priority is given to applicant with entry visa. Third priority is given to applicant with AWS. Fourth priority to others.

The wait list will be deleted 10 days before the test. Before submitting, all parties (applicant/agent/prospective employer) must be in agreement.

Submit the following to marianeary@rcsi.com.

  • Applicant name as per passport
  • Applicant eight-digit RCSI ID number
  • Agent
  • Prospective employer
  • Current test date
  • Specific earlier test date requested
  • Are all parties aware of the request? (applicant/agent/prospective employer)
  • Is applicant currently living in Ireland?
  • Does applicant have an entry visa?
  • Does applicant have AWS letter?

Withdrawal from test

Submit the following to marianeary@rcsi.com.

  • Applicant name as per passport
  • Applicant eight-digit RCSI ID number
  • Agent
  • Prospective employer
  • Current test date
  • Specific reason for withdrawal
  • Are all parties aware of the withdrawal? (applicant/agent/prospective employer)
  • Who paid the test fee directly to RCSI?
  • How much was paid

Note: Refer to 'Unused fees' on the Fees page.

Change in agent/prospective employer

An applicant can only have one application at a time for the test. You must withdraw, in writing, from the initial agent and/or prospective employer before commencing with another agent and/or prospective employer. The written evidence, together with the below form, must be submitted to marianeary@rcsi.com. Upon satisfactory receipt of same, the initial application will be withdrawn and a new application made then be made.

  • Applicant name as per passport
  • Applicant eight-digit RCSI ID number
  • Current test date
  • Agent at point of initial application
  • Prospective employer at point of initial application
  • Have you included written evidence of leaving initial agent and/or prospective employer?

Queries

If you have any queries, please:

  • Carefully read all the sections on this website
  • Discuss your query with your agent (if you have one)
  • If you still have a query after reading the website and discussing with your agent, briefly put your query in an email to marianeary@rcsi.com ensuring to quote your NMBI six-digit reference number.