Exam Day Preparation

General Information for Written, Oral and OCSE

  • Bring your candidates notice, failure to produce this means you will not be allowed entry to the examination
  • Bring Photographic I.D, failure to produce this means you will not be allowed entry to the examination
  • Your candidate notice and Photographic I.D must have the same names on them. They must match like Passport and airline tickets have to
  • Keep your nails short, no false nails, no polish should be present but nails should appear nicely manicured.

Written Exams

  • Written papers for the National diploma, Radiography and Oral Health exams. It is not necessary to wear uniform to these examinations, However you are expected to appear smart and professional.
  • Take more than one pen, pencils, sharpeners, rubbers, rulers, and a highlighter pen. Where possible in the exam take 5 minutes to read what the question is asking and highlight the relevant points before attempting to answer.
  • Always try to keep an eye on the time and plan your time accordingly so you know how much time you have left on each section of the paper.


  • Candidates should wear clinical clothing throughout OSCE assessments and should look clean and tidy with a good standard of personal hygiene. Clothes / clinical uniform should be free from obvious dirt and stains.
  • Candidates should wear clinical clothing that is being bare below the elbow. Bare below the elbow is defined as wearing short sleeved garments or being able to roll or push up sleeves. Wrist watches, bracelets and rings (other than a plain wedding band) should not be worn.
  • Hair should be clean and tidy. Hair that falls below the collar should be secured away from the face in a style that does not need constant re-adjusting. Facial hair must be kept short, neatly trimmed or tidily secured.
  • Only discreet tattoos should be visible. If offence could occur due to the design or style of any tattoo, it should be completely covered.
  • No jewellery should be worn except plain wedding bands. Candidates should wear no more than one pair of discreet plain ear studs and no more than one discreet nose stud. Footwear should be clean and in good repair; enclose the whole foot and be plain. Footwear should offer protection against spills and be able to be wiped cleaned. Open toe shoes, sandals, plastic flip-flops, pumps / plimsoles, deck shoes and croc style beach shoes are not permitted.
  • To facilitate the assessment of non-verbal communication skills and interaction with the Examiner, NEBDN reserves the right to require candidates to remove any clothing and/or other item which covers all, or part of, the candidate’s face.
  • NEBDN considers that, during the OSCE examination where clear face-to-face communication is essential, any clothing which covers the face (veil / niqab) will not be permitted. Where a headscarf or other head coverings are worn as part of religious observance, candidates must ensure that the flow of the garment does not interfere with work practice in a clinical setting.