How To Prepare For Nursing Council Exam In Nigeria

The Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) usually conducts qualifying examinations before issuing licenses to Nurses in Nigeria, this is to ensure that they are fit and qualified to practice within the country. In this article you will read the common and easy way to Prepare For Nursing Council Exam In Nigeria, review old past questions

The NMCN examinations are usually conducted in:

1. March – Professional Qualifying Examination for Midwives (2nd Tuesday)
2. May – Professional Qualifying Examination for General Nurses (1st Tuesday)
3. September – Professional Qualifying Examination for Midwives (2nd Tuesday)
4. November – Professional Qualifying Examination for General and Post Basic Nurses (1st Tuesday)

While it is a great feeling to finally be leaving school as a Graduate Nurse, it can also be a foreboding one especially due to different scary tales you might have heard about the qualifying examination.

Examination on its own might not be something you like to go through but it is an essential tool for evaluation.

In this article, you will get to know certain actions on How To Prepare For Nursing Council Exam In Nigeria and become a Registered Nurse in Nigeria.


Study Past Questions

This is a common and easy way to Prepare For Nursing Council Exam In Nigeria, review old past questions as this will help you become familiar with the NMCN pattern of setting questions, and areas to expect in your examination.

Most of the questions set for exams are usually repeated from these past questions, you rarely get something new, so while studying practice these questions over the past years, for example, the past 10 years this will help you cover a lot without missing out on anything.

Group Studies

You can never overemphasize the importance of group reading as it goes a long way to help you touch different aspects within a short span even areas you might have missed while doing your self-study.

Do not be a lone wolf, liaise with others to get the most out of your preparation. click here to get Nursing Council pass Question and answe pdf

When you are with like-minded people you get tips from them and they are willing to be a support system to you,

To get the most out of group studies;

  • Ensure that the effort is of mutual benefit, you all should benefit from it and move on at the same pace.
  • You should be disciplined by having rules to guide your study time.
  • The group members should agree on how the study will go.
  • Do not feel too big or shy to ask questions
  • Show respect to others.
  • Explain what you’ve learned with others.
  • See beyond your moment now to the future relationship you can build with them as well.

Student Community

There are different communities and networks you can join that provide timely information on the professional examination, tips to ace your examination, past questions, and some other things that will help you in coming out with flying colors.

Read Also: How to register as a foreign Trained Nurse in Nigeria

Study Pace

While studying give yourself enough time to study, don’t leave anything for the last minute, and then rush yourself, you might be digging a grave for yourself, find your study pace, and work with that to prepare well ahead of time.

You can also write down whatever you read, use bullet points as this makes it easy for you to revise.

Practice diagrams where and when necessary, dedicate ample time for this, it is very essential.

You can also find these tips useful;

  • Prepare a reading schedule
  • Study your notes daily
  • Avoid cramming, memorize
  • Study abroad and leave no stone unturned
  • Avoid distractions whenever you are studying
  • Practice and test yourself before exams


Find the right environment suitable for learning, we assimilate differently, you should be familiar with how well you learn if not, find that out and ensure that the things around you make it easy to learn and assimilate.

Read This: How To Become A REGISTERED Nurse and Midwife In Nigeria

Take Regular Breaks

For your brain to regain focus and to make your studying effective, take regular breaks, you can not study for long hours as humans’ attention span is short, taking breaks in between reading will help you focus and assimilate effectively.

Rest And Sleep

It is so easy to skip on getting good rest and sleep because of the fear of the upcoming exams, while your sleep hours might have reduced, it is still essential that you get enough sleep as you need that to function effectively. It boosts your energy and performance and you wouldn’t want to break down before exams or during the exams, so to maintain good health to be in a good state, rest and sleep are very essential

Rest is good for the brain!

Eat Well

Your brain needs energy food to improve concentration. Avoid eating heavy foods that can make you feel sleepy, eat well and stay nourished.

Drink lots of water, above 4litres if possible to stay hydrated and alert.

Use Of Mnemonics and Acronyms

To remember things, mnemonics and acronyms are very helpful.

Look for easy and simple ones that you can remember easily, your friends can also be your plugs for this, example of the acronym is POSDCORB for functions of management.

Another example is mnemonics to remember the cranial nerves;
Ooh, ooh, ooh to touch and feel very good velvet. Such heaven! Which stands for the Olfactory nerve, Optic nerve, Oculomotor nerve, Trochlear nerve, Trigeminal nerve, Abducens nerve, Facial nerve, Auditory/vestibular nerve, Glossopharyngeal nerve, Vagus nerve, Accessory nerve (or spinal accessory nerve), Hypoglossal nerve.

Give No Room For Fear And Tension

Don’t Listen to a scare story, believe in yourself, know your strengths and weakness, and work towards that to achieve excellent results, when you take in lots of these comments, it shapes your belief on that examination and you might be setting up yourself for failure.

Tips on how to answer NMCN questions.

  • Get all your writing materials ready and organized.
  • Fill in your details on the answer booklet and follow instructions as given by the examiners.
  • Read instructions carefully to get what is required of you in answering the questions.
  • Avoid writing on the margins.
  • First, answer the questions you know well and are confident about.
  • Draw a neat, large, and well-labeled diagram, it is usually advisable that your diagram covers 3/4th of your answer booklet.
  • Write your answers in bullet points legibly.
  • Write elaborately on the question asked unless otherwise stated.
  • Keep your work well spaced.
  • Do not leave any questions unanswered, even if you are unsure, write your ideas down.
  • Answer your objective questions with a pen and not a pencil
  • Cross-check your answers before submitting your booklet and cross out all unused pages.

In conclusion,

The examination is essential to evaluate your learning, therefore develop a positive outlook towards it, when you change your mindset and belief on this, you will be amazed at the wonders even you will achieve.

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Mayowa Racheal Popoola
Nurse, Writer



Abdullahi Suleiman a Certified Registered Nurse based in Nigeria, an Entrepreneur and Also a Blogger, passionate about Community Development and Cosmetic Nursing


  1. Chisom Enwerem on

    Good afternoon
    Please is the group chat going to have tutorial classes for the council exam by November

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