Prepare for Midwifery Numeracy & Literacy Tests and Interview Questions

Are you looking to join a midwifery course? Getting a place on a course can be challenging as spots are in high demand. Learn about the midwifery application process and how you can prepare for it. 
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Midwifery is one of the most rewarding careers, but courses have limited places available. In addition, those wishing to join courses are required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council to sit a midwifery numeracy and literacy test as part of the course’s entry requirements. In addition to the tests, an interview is required to make sure you’re suited to the programme and vice versa. Only candidates with good results in both assessments are considered for the course, so it is highly recommend to practice beforehand. Find out how you can prepare for these tests with JobTestPrep.

Midwifery Numeracy Tests

These numeracy tests examine your ability to use mathematical functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and work with a calculator. In general, the test is 15 minutes in length and has six questions. You may be given two test papers, one to be taken with a calculator and one without. The question topics include measurements such as volume, weight and length, and drug calculations.

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Midwifery Literacy Tests

The literacy test is an assessment of your reading comprehension skills as well your ability to give over information clearly and correctly. This means correct spelling, use of grammar and punctuation. These tests are generally 30 minutes long with 12 questions. During the test you will be asked to complete sentences, choose correct pronouns and put together compound words.

Preparation for these assessment tests is vital as you must pass them in order to continue to the later stages of the course application. Using practice tests helps you familiarise yourself with the question styles as well as working in such a short time span. Our verbal and numerical practice pack contains practice questions, study guides, and tutorials to get you on track.

Midwifery Interview

A second major part of the application to a midwifery course is the interview. During this interview, assessors are looking at your motivations and expectations for the role to make sure you are the best person for the course.

Midwifery Interview Questions

  • What is the role of a midwife?
  • Why do you want to be a midwife?
  • How will you cope with the pressure of training and being a midwife?
  • Current birth and parenting issues.
  • Why want to be a midwife Or What first aroused your interest in midwifery?
  • What do you know?
  • What are the roles?
  • What skills and qualities make a good midwife?
  • Can you demonstrate you have these qualities?
  • Tell me about your work experience, what insight did it give you into the profession?
  • Do you have any questions?
  • What do you feel makes a good midwifery student?
  • Why have you chosen this particular course?
  • How would your friends describe you?
  • How does midwifery differ from nursing?
  • What is the biggest advance in midwifery in the last thirty years?

Interviews can be a daunting task, but by having a good sense of what sort of questions are coming your way, you are able to prepare answers and boost your confidence. Our free guide to interviews offers tips on the do’s and don’ts of interviews. If you are looking for more in-depth practice, book a session with one of our trained assessors over Skype.

In Summary

Midwifery is a rewarding career and getting a place on a Midwifery course can be your step toward joining the ranks. By preparing well for both the aptitude tests and interview, you are sure to make an excellent start. Good luck!

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