The multiple-choice question (MCQ) exam assesses the candidate’s professional knowledge. There are separate exams for internationally qualified nurses and midwives (IQNMs) intending to register in Australia as a registered nurse (RN), enrolled nurse (EN), or midwife:
Stream B candidates must successfully complete the MCQ exam once they have completed Orientation Part 1 and Portfolio. The MCQ exam must be passed before candidates can proceed to the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE). This is with the exception of:
Handbooks are available that provide further information on the MCQ exams, including processes and policies.
The NMBA does not run preparation programs for the MCQ exams or the OSCEs.
All MCQ exam candidates should ensure they are well prepared before sitting the exam. This may include revising nursing or midwifery theory and becoming familiar with the format of computerised MCQ exams.
It is recommended that candidates read the relevant handbook which includes references to some resource material (soon to be published).
For RN candidates, it is recommended visiting NCSBN’s website for more information about the NCLEX-RN.
Information for internationally qualified enrolled nurses
Information for internationally qualified registered nurses
Information for internationally qualified midwives