Careers in Nursing and Midwifery

Applying as a mature applicant

Mature applicants must be 23 years of age or over by 1 January in the year of entry to be considered for a place.
If you choose to apply as a mature applicant, you must be successful in the current year of the assessment tests. However, due to the number of places available on the programme, success at the assessment tests does not guarantee an offer of a place and the results may not be carried forward to a future year (unless a deferred entry has been granted by an education body). The onus is on you to apply for the assessment tests in addition to your application to the Central Applications Office (CAO).

2022 Mature Applicant Testing Window
You must complete the assessment tests between
1.00pm on Thursday, 5 May and 1.00pm on Thursday, 12 May 2022

Assessment Test Familiarisation Booklet 2022

NMBI have developed a familiarisation booklet for mature applicants to undergraduate nursing and midwifery degree programmes in 2022. The purpose of this booklet is to introduce applicants to the assessment tests used for selecting mature applicants. It aims to ensure that applicants are comfortable with the testing format and are aware of how to do their best in the test situation. We recommend that you read this booklet in full before registering and completing the assessment tests.

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NMBI Assessment Test Familiarisation Booklet 2022

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The application process
  • Step 1: Complete an application to the CAO
  • Step 2: Using a valid CAO number, register for the assessment tests
  • Step 3: Complete the suite of tests within the timeframe 

The assessment tests

The current assessment comprises of three separate tests: 

  • understanding of basic instructions  
  • numeracy
  • job simulation exercise

The tests will be delivered remotely online. This allows you to take them at your preferred location and time, making them more accessible.

Further information on each tests is available in the Assessment Test Familiarisation Booklet 2022

Accessing the assessment tests

Applicants will receive an email from the test provider, Aon’s Assessment Solutions ( on Thursday, 5 May 2022. This email will contain the link and unique login ID that is required to access the assessment tests. Applicants are advised to check their junk or spam folders if they have not received it on Thursday, 5 May 2022. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that these instructions are followed and NMBI will not be held responsible for any omissions on their part.

Preparation and familiarisation material

Aon’s Assessment Solutions have developed videos to assist you in preparing for the tests. These videos will give you an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the format and type of questions you can expect in the actual tests. 

Visit the Aon’s Assessment Solutions website and select ‘No. 6. Aptitude & Skills Tests’ to view the videos. 

While there are multiple videos on this website, there are only two relevant to your assessment tests which are outlined below. 

To access the practise video on the understanding of basic instructions test:

  • Instructions (scales verbal instruct)

To access the practice video on the numeracy test:

  • Basic numerical comprehension (scales eql)

These videos will give you an overview of what is being assessed, how to navigate the testing platform and provide guidance on how to complete the tests. We strongly recommend that you review the information available before you take the actual tests. 

Please note that we do not use videos to illustrate the job simulation exercise. Examples of this test are provided on pages 10-12 of the familiarisation booklet.

Taking the assessment tests

To take the tests you will need:  

  • a reliable internet connection 
  • a PC, laptop, smartphone, mobile or tablet device
  • a functioning web camera to facilitate virtual proctoring

For further information on the technical requirements, please see pages 6 and 7 of the familiarisation booklet

Before starting the tests, you will first be required to complete practice questions. You can take the practice questions as many times as you wish before completing the assessment tests. You can take the tests immediately following the practice questions or you can wait until another time within the testing window that suits you. If wish to leave, just click the log out button and resume later. 

Please note that once you start the actual assessment test, you must complete it. However, you do not have to take all three assessment tests together in one sitting. The tests can be taken individually at different times, but you must have them all completed by 1.00pm on Thursday, 12 May 2022

You must attempt all three tests. If you do not take all three tests, you will be deemed to have withdrawn from this competition. You should set aside sufficient time to read the instructions, do the practice questions and take the tests. You are strongly advised to give yourself sufficient time to complete the assessment tests and not wait until the final hours of the testing deadline. No time extensions will be given. 

Please note that you must not change your email address during the selection process. We will not be responsible for non-delivery of messages to any new/revised email addresses you may provide.

Assessment test results

Test results will be released to all applicants at the end of June 2022. You will be notified of your results via email from Aon’s Assessment Solutions and provided with a login ID to access your statement of results. 

On passing the assessment test, applicants will be placed on order-of merit lists for the programmes you have applied for (see CAO Handbook 2022 for more information).  

Please note that success in the assessment tests does not guarantee you an offer of a place owing to supply and demand for places. The assessment tests are year specific and results may not be carried forward to a future year (unless a deferred entry has been granted by an education body). 

Further information can be found on page 15 of the familiarisation booklet.

Contact us

Please contact us by email on matters concerning the assessment test. All communications from our test provider Aon’s Assessment Solutions will be via email.

To ensure that your email provider does not flag important emails from Aon’s Assessment Solutions as spam, please save its email address ( to your list of safe senders. 

Both the NMBI and Aon Assessment Solutions will not answer queries relating to the content of the test.

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