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Literacy and numeracy tests

 On your Selection Day, you will be asked to complete two short tests in literacy and numeracy. The tests take 20 minutes each. Calculators are permitted for the numeracy test and will be provided on the day.

 To help prepare you for these assessments we have provided some guidance notes and example tests below.

For help and advice, also visit the dedicated BBC web page.


Numeracy Assessment

Some of these questions may appear rather basic. However, the UK Nursing & Midwifery Council have set minimum standards in numeracy and national survey research shows that most adults in the UK have relatively poor maths skills irrespective of highest qualification.

It is therefore essential that candidates demonstrate a minimum threshold score on the Selection Day to progress to interview stage.

Our aim is to provide all candidates with the opportunity to give their best performance on the Selection Day. If you anticipate some difficulty with the numeracy screening assessment, you may find this website helpful:

Example Numeracy Assessment Test (all programmes)
Example Numeracy Assessment Answers (all programmes)

Literacy Assessment

The literacy test on the Selection Day will assess your spelling, grammar, handwriting and flow of ideas. Whilst some of the literacy activities may appear rather basic, many adults in the UK have problems with spelling, punctuation and grammar, despite holding intermediate and high level qualifications. It is therefore essential that candidates demonstrate a minimum level of ability in literacy.

Example Literacy Assessment Test (BSc Nursing)

Example Literacy Assessment Test (BSc Midwifery)

Example Literacy/Assesment Test (PGDip Nursing & Midwifery)

Policy + for PGDip Literacy/Assesment Test



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