May 1st just passed and most of you might have considered browsing the numerous job postings since Labor Day also served as a day for looking for jobs. For nurses who are aspiring to work in the Middle East, have you encountered numerous requirements such as Prometric Exam? What is Prometric Exam exactly?
Prometric Examination for Nurses is the popular name for Saudi Council Examination. In order to ensure a better employment status in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, this is a priority requirement on all agencies sending nurses there. According to news in 2009 by the Manila Bulletin, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) emphasized that nurses must pass this kind of exam when intending to work in Saudi Arabia. There is a great reason why it is being encouraged since working in foreign lands may mean that nurses must be competent enough in meeting the different nursing needs of the international clients.
This type of examination is actually similar to the nursing licensure examination that nurses must pass in the Philippines. It is the Saudi Commission that mandates the existence and efficacy of this type of examination.
The Exam Parts:
The Prometric Examination for Nurses is composed of 70 questions in multiple choice formats. In about two hours, the examinee is required to finish the whole test set. In browsing the site of Prometric Exam, http://www.prometric.com/NurseAide/CT.htm you will find that the description for nurses belongs to the category nurse aide.
As a nurse technician the exam is made in order to comprise the following parts:
Nursing Fundamentals: 28%
Medical – 23%
Surgical – 20%
Pediatric – 16%
Community – 13%
For Nurse Specialists, there is a different way of dividing the exam. This is how it is broken down:
Assessment – 10%
Nursing Problem – 6%
Planning – 20%
Implementation – 50%
Evaluation – 14%
For nurse technicians, the passing rate is 45% while for nurse specialists it is 50%. What is interesting here is that the rate of the examinee is readily released after the examination. It is in a form of Score Report that the examinee will know if he or she has passed the examination.
Prometric Exam Location
The Saudi Commission for Health Specialties has granted the accreditation to this exam center:
Prometric Testing Center
Ateneo Professional Schools, 130 H. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City
Telephone No.: (632) 892-0383
Prometric Testing Center
Tread, Inc., Suite 308, Centro Maximo D., Jakosalem St., Cebu City
Tel no. 032-2535514
Prometric Exam Payment Procedures
Once you have decided to get this examination, another thought would come into your mind is the price of this exam. Registration may come in a form of online registration of through mail. Your type of registration determines the mode of payment that you will be applying.
For online registrants, take in mind that they would only accept credit card payment from major credit card companies such as MasterCard, Visa and America Express. Those who opted to send their applications via mail, they must also send the payment using the form provided as well as the payment is in a form of cheque.
According to recent reports, registrants in Saudi Arabia must pay an Examination Fee of $80.00. Those in Asia entail them to pay $90, while nurses coming from Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East are required to pay $100.
Prometric Exam Registration Procedure
In order to start the registration process, please go to their website: http://www.prometric.com. A tab is allotted for exam takers, click it and browse the list box for the following items, Academics, Professional, Government and Corporate. Finally, choose among the items Saudi Commission for Health Specialties.
A new site will then pop out wherein the true process of registration starts as well as the selection of the job description is needed. For Nurses, the type of exam should be selected will be either Nurse Technician or Nurse Specialist.
A form is then supplied for you to fill in. Take in note all of the information you are entering so that in order to avoid incongruence. After that the payment information will be opened. Once you have entered the information being asked, review it and finally click the complete registration tab.
Schedule of examination and sitting arrangement can readily be available on the web. For more information about the Prometric Exam, just visit their official website http://www.prometric.com/.
Keep posted and good luck in the Prometric Exam!