Careers in Nursing and Midwifery

Applying as a mature applicant

Mature applicants must be 23 years of age or over by 1 January 2024 to be considered for a place in an undergraduate education programme leading to an honours degree in nursing and midwifery. 

You must have a valid Central Applications Office (CAO) application number and must be successful in the three assessment tests outlined below. 

Due to the number of places available on the programmes, 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). You must apply independently for the mature applicant's assessment tests via a link on the NMBI website in addition to your application to the CAO.  

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 assessment tests within the timeframe. 

The assessment tests

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

The current assessment comprises of three separate tests: 

  • verbal reasoning (also called understanding of basic instructions)  
  • numeracy
  • job simulation

To pass, applicants must reach a minimum score on each assessment test. Please note that the minimum score for each test will not be decided until the results of all the assessment tests have been analysed.

Assessment Test Familiarisation Booklet 2024  

We have developed a familiarisation booklet for mature applicants to undergraduate nursing and midwifery degree programmes in 2024. The purpose of this booklet is to introduce you 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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Assessment Test Familiarisation Booklet 2024

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Information for mature applicants 2024

Mature applicants applying for nursing or midwifery undergraduate degree programmes in 2024 should familiarise themselves with the key dates. There is a set period during which you must register and complete the three assessment tests. 

Please note that registration is now closed for the 2024 assessment tests and for applications for reasonable accommodations/adjustments.

Taking the tests 

Testing window
You must complete the assessment tests between 
1pm on Wednesday, 8 May and 1pm on Wednesday, 15 May 2024

Before you begin the tests, you will be required to complete some practice questions. You can take the practice questions as many times as you wish before completing the assessment tests. Once you begin the actual assessment test, you must complete it. 

You do not have to take all three assessment tests together in one sitting and you can take them individually at different times if you wish. Please note that you must complete all three tests by the deadline at 1pm on Wednesday, 15 May 2024. If you do not take all three tests, you will be deemed to have withdrawn from this competition. 

You are strongly advised to give yourself sufficient time to complete the assessment tests as no time extensions will be given.

After the assessment tests

Test results will be released to all applicants at the end of June 2024. You will be notified of your results via email from Aon’s Assessment Solutions. In this email you will be provided with a login ID to access your statement of results. This statement will let you know if you have been successful in reaching the qualifying standard. It will include a pass/fail result for each test. You will also be provided with your total score and the highest (the best) and lowest overall scores achieved by those who qualified.

Proceeding in the competition  

On passing the assessment test, applicants will be placed on order-of merit lists for the programmes you have applied for (see CAO Handbook 2024 for further details). Applicants must meet the registration requirements and complete the full suite of assessment tests in order to proceed in the mature competition for nursing/midwifery.

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