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New Tentative Schedule for 2020 PCE Administrations

On March 20, CAPR announced the postponement of the administrations of the Written Component of the PCE scheduled for May 4 and July 11 and the administration of the Clinical Component of the PCE scheduled for June 6. Today, we are proposing a tentative plan to adjust the remainder of the 2020 PCE administration schedule. While the COVID-19 pandemic remains an evolving and uncertain situation in many jurisdictions, CAPR recognizes the importance of providing PCE candidates with some idea of when they will be able to complete their entry-to-practice examinations.

The below tables provide the details of our tentative adjusted exam schedule. Please note that this is a tentative schedule contingent on the lifting of current physical distancing directives and restrictions on gatherings and travel. CAPR will make a formal announcement when this tentative schedule is confirmed or if this tentative schedule needs to be modified due to the course of the pandemic. We are committed to staying informed about all pandemic-related barriers to candidate participation and will strive to ensure fair and equitable access to all upcoming examinations.

 

Tentative Adjusted 2020 PCE Written Component Exam Dates

Original Exam Name New Exam Name Registration Status Application Deadline Tentative New Date of Administration*
May 4, 2020 WC Exam 1 CLOSED CLOSED August 29, 2020
July 11, 2020 WC Exam 2 OPEN Monday, May 25, 2020 September 26, 2020
August 29, 2020 WC Exam 3 OPEN Monday, June 29, 2020 October 17, 2020
November 16, 2020 WC Exam 4 OPEN Monday, September 14, 2020 November 16, 2020

* Tentative dates, published on May 4, 2020, are subject to change.

 

Tentative Adjusted 2020/2021 PCE Clinical Component Exam Dates

Original Exam Name New Exam Name Registration Status Application Deadline Tentative New Date of Administration*
June 6, 2020 CC Exam A OPEN  Friday, August 14, 2020

November 15, 2020

November 15, 2020 CC Exam B OPEN TO BE DECIDED

1st Quarter, 2021

 

June 2021 CC Exam C NOT YET OPEN TO BE DECIDED June 2021
November 2021 CC Exam D NOT YET OPEN TO BE DECIDED November 2021

* Tentative dates, published on May 4, 2020, are subject to change.

Exam Registration

At this time, candidates may register for any Written Component or Clinical Component administration with an OPEN registration status. If you have already registered for one of these exams, you will be automatically transferred to the corresponding new exam date for your chosen exam (please see the tables above for reference). If the new exam date is unsuitable, candidates registered for any Written Component exam will be provided with an opportunity to transfer to an alternative date free of charge when the tentative schedule is confirmed. Candidates registered for Clinical Component Exam B may immediately transfer to Clinical Component Exam A, free of charge, if they wish. All registered candidates may choose to withdraw free of charge at any time.

 

Written Exam Scheduling

It is currently not possible to schedule or reschedule your exam through Prometric. Due to physical distancing directives and restrictions on gatherings still in place in all provinces, we are currently challenged to guarantee enough seats at each exam site to meet the anticipated demand. CAPR is working diligently with our partner Prometric to investigate solutions and alternatives. All registered candidates will be contacted about the availability of seats and the scheduling process well ahead of their exam date.

 

Exam Eligibility

Candidates registered for Written Component (WC) Exams 1, 2 or 3 are eligible to register for Clinical Component (CC) Exams A, B, C and D. Candidates registered for Written Component (WC) Exam 4 are eligible to register for Clinical Component (CC) Exams B, C and D. To ensure all candidates who had planned to challenge the Clinical Component in 2020 have an opportunity to do so at the earliest possible date, candidates who fail CC Exam A will not be eligible to register for CC Exam B. Unsuccessful CC Exam A candidates may register for CC Exam C and CC Exam D.

 

Examination Blueprint

CAPR has made the difficult decision to delay the launch of the new examination blueprint until 2021. We expect the launch to occur in May 2021 for the Written Component and June 2021 for the Clinical Component. While we regret the delay of this important launch, we have been unable to safely and effectively execute critical standard-setting exercises during the pandemic. The delay of the launch will not impact the content, format or integrity of the PCE. The current (2009) blueprint will be used for Written Component Exams 1, 2, 3 and 4, and Clinical Component Exams A and B.

 

CAPR will continue to provide regular and timely updates regarding the status of this tentative schedule on our website and social media. Please stay tuned for further announcements.

We have included some FAQs below that we hope will address your important questions. If you have additional concerns at this time, please contact our team directly: csc_exams@alliancept.org

 

FAQs

Q. When will the tentative schedule be confirmed?

A. CAPR’s ability to follow through on the schedule depends entirely on the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have created the schedule under the optimistic assumption that restrictions on gatherings and travel will be loosened across Canada in the coming months and that any second wave of the virus later this year will be manageable. We will be closely monitoring the outcomes of the lifting of restrictions over the coming weeks. Please stay tuned for follow-up announcements regarding the tentative schedule as the situation evolves.

 

Q: I already registered for an exam; do I have to re-apply/submit a new application?

A: No. If you already registered for one of the exams, you will be automatically transferred to the corresponding new exam date for your chosen exam (please see the tables above for reference).

 

Q. Why can’t I transfer to a new Written Component exam date now?

A. Until we can guarantee that the tentative exam dates will go ahead and know the number of seats available in each exam, we cannot process Written Component transfers. When the schedule is confirmed, CAPR will process Written Component transfer requests free of charge. Priority will be decided based on original exam registration date.

 

Q. I see that registration for Clinical Component A has reopened—can I transfer from Exam B to Exam A?

A. Yes. Candidates registered for Clinical Component B may transfer to Clinical Component A free of charge, effective immediately. Please complete the Clinical Component – Rescheduling Form and send to csc_exams@alliancept.org. Please note that your application will be considered received as of the date your Rescheduling Form was received, not the date your original application was received. This could affect your site assignment.

 

Q. As a Canadian-educated Physiotherapist, am I eligible to transfer from Exam B to Exam A?

A. To attempt the Clinical Component of the PCE, Canadian-educated candidates must have completed their full course of study and be eligible for graduation. Please contact your Program Director to find out if you will have completed your full course of study prior to the Exam A date.

 

Q: If I do not complete my program before the Exam A date, will I be able to reschedule my exam registration to Exam B?

A: Yes. Candidates may reschedule their exam registration as many times as they like. However, all deadlines are still applicable; we cannot reschedule a candidate into an exam that is closed for registration. Currently, candidates may reschedule free of charge. CAPR will provide candidates with advance notice before rescheduling fees are reinstated.

 

Q. As an Internationally-educated Physiotherapist, am I eligible to transfer from Exam B to Exam A?

A: As long as you are registered to challenge the Written Component before the Exam A date and/or you have already passed the Written Component.

 

 Q. How do I withdraw from the Written and/or Clinical Component?

A. To withdraw from an exam for which you are currently registered, send an email to csc_exams@alliancept.org including your full name, the exam date and a clear request to withdraw. CAPR will process a full refund to your attention. You will not be charged a withdrawal fee.

 

Q. When will I be able to schedule my seat on the Prometric site?

A. You will be able to schedule your seat when the exam schedule is confirmed. Assuming restrictions are not re-instated in the future, CAPR will know at that time how many sites and seats are available for each exam. In addition to announcing confirmation of the new schedule, CAPR will contact all registered candidates when it is possible to schedule exam seats through Prometric.

 

Q. Will my preferred site be open/available?

A. We don’t know yet. The availability of exam sites and seats will be heavily dependent on provincial and federal health directives. We expect significantly reduced capacity at Prometric exam sites due to social distancing measures intended to keep candidates safe. We will have a better idea about the availability of exam sites and seats as provinces continue to reopen in the coming weeks and months.

 

Q: Can I re-rank my Exam A (November 15, 2020 Clinical Component) site preferences?

A: No—not at this time. CAPR is not currently allowing site ranking/preference changes due to the uncertainty of site availability. Once we know which sites are available for Exam A (November 15, 2020), we will post an announcement on our website. At that time, candidates will have the option to re-rank their site preferences.

 

Q. I can’t get a passport photo taken for my application right now; what do I do?

A. Please submit your application without a photo for now and indicate on a post-it note that you will submit a passport photo (signed and dated) as soon as possible. CAPR will record this information in your file and send you a reminder once things begin to open up again.

 

 Q. My credentialling eligibility is going to expire before the new exam date; what should I do?

A. CAPR will work with all such applicants to arrange a suitable extension, considering the irregular circumstances. Please contact our credentialling team at: credentialling@alliancept.org

 

Q. How will the change in exam dates affect my license?

A. Please contact your Provincial Regulator for all inquires regarding licensing. https://www.alliancept.org/regulator-websites/

 

 

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