Preparing for the Exam

CAPR has some resources that may help you to prepare for the exam.

Essential Guide for Candidates to the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) includes:

  • information on preparing for the exam
  • information on exam-day procedures
  • a description of what is included on the exam
  • Written Component sample questions
  • Clinical Component sample stations.

Orientation Tutorial for the computer-based written component – This has been designed by the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators and Yardstick, Inc. so that you may learn to navigate through the computer-based version of the written exam. Your performance on the orientation tutorial questions will not predict your success or failure on the actual written exam. These questions are provided only for the purpose of allowing you to become familiar with our computerized environment.

  1. Click on this link:
  2. Create your own login account
  3. Explore the Orientation Tutorial!

The Exam Blueprint is an outline of the exam structure. It includes the areas of practice, conditions and activities that might be included in the exam. It also outlines the weighting of each area and function for the exam.

PCE Candidate Videos – The orientation videos help you to better prepare for the exam day process and is designed to help you to develop a better understanding of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) and in particular the Part Two Clinical exam (OSCE) process.

FAQs – has a wealth of answers to frequently asked questions related to the PCE.

Most Common Candidate Errors – This document aims to raise awareness of the common errors candidates often make during the PCE Clinical exam (OSCE).

Tips for Candidates – This document highlights some of the most important things to remember about the PCE Clinical Exam (OSCE).

Tips for Candidates quiz – This interactive tool allows candidates to try and see how many tips they have been able to remember.

Written Component Practice Questions -These practice questions are representative of the current exam blueprint, and are comprised of questions that have recently been retired. About 90 percent of the questions on the Written Component accompany vignettes. A vignette provides information about a client; for example, age and diagnosis. The series of questions that follow are based on the information in the vignette. The remaining 10 percent of the questions on the Written Component are stand-alone questions – they do not accompany vignettes.

Clinical Component Practice Questions -These practice questions are representative of the current exam blueprint, and are comprised of stations that have been recently retired. You can use the stations to study on your own, or you can work with a group of candidates, taking turns being the client, the candidate, and the examiner.

Please note that your performance on these practice questions/stations will not predict your success or failure on the Written or Clinical Component. These questions are provided solely as an exam preparation resource for CAPR candidates.

PCE Key Reference list – This is a list of references and resources that CAPR uses to prepare exam questions and stations. You may want to study some of these references.

LEXICON – This is a list of terms in English and French.