The Assessment Test

Upon successfully applying for your 3rd level nursing course through the CAO website you will be eligible to sit The Assessment Test for mature applicants in April. In previous years this was a written assessment however the 2018 Assessment Test has been changed to a computer-based assessment. The Assessment Test is conducted by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) on behalf of the Nursing Career Centre (NCC). The assessment test for mature nursing is due to take place in the Public Appointments Service office in Dublin. According to the Public Appointments Service there will be no assessments in regional locations. You must be successful in The Assessment Test before being considered for on an offer for your chosen nursing degree course.

What is involved in The Assessment Test?

The online assessments will consist of a Verbal Test, a Numerical Test and Job Simulation Exercise. Information about the assessment test and familiarisation material is expected to be available from the 22nd March 2019 on your www.publicjobs.ie message board.

Test 1: Verbal Test: 

This test is designed to measure the ability to understand information in a series of passages.

Test 2: Numerical Test: 

This test is designed to measure the ability of the candidate to carry out calculations on common day-to-day mathematical problems.

Test 3: Job Simulation Exercises: 

This exercise attempts to identify your likely response when presented with scenarios typical of what could occur in a job situation. This exercise measures a range of skills and qualities required in the Student Nurse role, ranging from taking care of someone, through to taking responsibility in a situation, In this test you will be required to read through a number of scenarios and then choose which one of a list of possible actions you would do, based on the information presented in the scenario.

When is The Official Assessment Test? 

The online assessments will take place during weeks commencing 9th April 2018 and 16th April 2018 in the PAS office (Chapter House) in Dublin.  The office is located at 26/30 Abbey St. Upper, Dublin 1.

So What Do I Do Now? 

The following guidelines are advised for completing the Mature Nursing / Midwifery entry process successfully.

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