NEBDN June 2022 OSCE Exam Information


Part 1 - Exam Date, Time and Password


Friday 17th June

Start Time:

Exam lasts: 
1 hour 

Login / password details:
The candidate login details (link and password) will be emailed to the candidates directly from the NEBDN on Wednesday 15th June.

NB: If you have not received your email from the NEBDN by 10am Thursday 16th June please initially check your spam.  If it is not there please email to request these to be sent again.


Part 2 - Exam Dates, Times and Passwords


Friday 24- Sunday 26 June

Exam lasts:
50 minutes

Times and Dates:
Candidate times and dates will be emailed to the candidates from the Academy, by Friday 27th May

EXAM Login / password details:
The candidate login details (link and password) will be sent to the candidates directly from the NEBDN on Monday 13th June.

NB: If you have not received your email from the NEBDN by 10am on 14th June please initially check your spam.  If it is not there please email to request these to be sent again.


Mandatory Practice Session Dates and Times

ALL candidates (including OSCE re-sits) must complete a mandatory practice session prior to the exam.

The practice session will run from 9am on Tuesday 7th June until 9pm Thursday 9th June 2022. 

By completing the practice, you will be confirming your place for the exam. 

The session will consist of a tutorial and an opportunity to practice using the exam software. This may not necessarily include questions related to the exam.  This is purely there to help you understand the software and how the exam will look and work on the day.  A helpful user guide for downloading the MaxExam App is contained in a link further down the page and video of the process can be found:

Practice session login:
The NEBDN will email candidate passwords for this practice on Monday 6th June.
New software updates have been completed, therefore all resit candidates will be required to download the new software and complete this session too.
If you have not received it by Tuesday 7th June please email the the NEBDN Assessment and Awards team directly 

Aim to complete the practice session as early as possible. Thereby, allowing the NEBDN time to resolve any issues while the session remains available. Do not leave the practice session to the last minute. If candidates are unable to complete the practice session within the timeframe, the NEBDN has stipulated that they will be deferred to the next written exam and a re-sit fee will be enforced. There will be no exceptions.

If you do not complete the practice session:
1) You may not have the most up to date version of the NEBDN Max Exam Application, which may hinder your ability to access the live examination on the day.
2) Your IT may not be compatible or you may not know how to access the camera or speaker therefore being unable to complete both elements of the OSCE Examination disadvantaging you on the day.
3) Not completing the practice run through impacts on NEBDN’s operational capacity on the day of the live examinations. Meaning this could hinder you or a fellow colleague who completed their practice session and are genuinely having technical issues which they didn't previously experience.

The NEBDN will be unable to support learners on the examination day in downloading the MaxExam application. Therefore, all learners who choose not to complete the practice session need to be aware that this could mean an NEBDN deferral fee (should your ROE be valid)



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OSCE Workbook Exam Information

Please click on the link for instructions on how to download and install the exam software. Hardware Guidelines

Computer Health Check
Click on this link, read and run through the guide to ensure that nothing gets in the way of your exam.  This contains the technical information you need regarding computer hardware and software in order to sit the exam.  Computer Health check  
On the day, make sure that your laptop is plugged into a power source so that it does not lose power during the exam.

Setting up for the exam
You should take this exam in a quiet environment either at work or at home. No one else should be in the room, or enter the room, for the duration of the exam. You should not communicate with anyone (other than NEBDN) during the exam.

Admittance to the exam
You must ensure that you are logged on at least 15 minutes prior to the start  of the exam. It will not be possible to start the exam earlier than the given start time. A step by step login guide will be provided at the time. If you require assistance at any time call NEBDN 01772 429917.

Electronic Mobile Devices
You are allowed to have your mobile device to hand, but it must be switched off, unless you have been allocated a NEBDN Reader.  Put the NEBDN telephone number in your contacts in case you need to call them for advice in the middle of your exam.

During the exam
If you lose internet connection, don’t panic, continue to answer the questions as normal. The data will still be recorded in the application. Usually the internet reconnects without intervention.
If you cannot submit your assessment at the end of the exam, you will receive an error message. Click retry.
If the error message occurs again, click exit. Then reconnect your internet and log back into the exam App. Upon logging into the App it will automatically submit your assessment.

Time During the Exam
It is important that you complete all questions. Monitor the time. In the bottom right-hand corner of your screen the time remaining will start to count down as soon as you click start to begin the exam.

Finishing the exam
At the end, click on Menu at the bottom of the screen, then click Finish the Exam.

Monitoring Examinees
The MaxExam software is sophisticated in monitoring your performance. The software produces cheat analysis reports for NEBDN. If your device is used to access the internet to search for answers, the software will lockdown your device.
During the exam the software will also alert NEBDN of any suspicious, unusual or concerning behaviour.
The time given for questions would not allow you time to search for answers, anyway. Therefore, act professionally and with honesty.



The NEBDN has produced a brief video of an example of what the Online OSCE will look like for candidates with key information provided. Please note; the station included in the video is not a live OSCE station and is purely an example.

After the Workbook and Zoom Exams

* Discuss questions or answers with anyone.
* Try to discover how others faired
* Make enquiries about questions for future exams

NEBDN scans various forms of social media for candidates who share information. Communication through social media could breach professional standards and principles of honesty and integrity, jeopardising your exam result and career.



The NEBDN will email students their results on Thursday 28th July.  If you have not received this by Friday 29th July, please email the NEBDN directly.


NEBDN OSCE Online Information

The NEBDN has provided a document for all candidates to read containing important information for the online OSCE.  Click here to view.