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Why do the pass rates on the Clinical Component vary from one exam to another?

The passing rate on the Clinical Component varies from year to year. The passing rate for Canadianeducated candidates is fairly consistent, but the passing rate for candidates educated outside Canada varies more. This is because there is more variety in the education and clinical practice of candidates educated outside Canada. In each exam, the group of internationally educated candidates is different.

Clinical Component Pass Rates

Exam administration Pass rate total candidate pool Pass rate:
Canadian-educated
Pass rate:
Internationally educated
1995 92.8% (n=297) 95.5% (n=276) 67.7% (n=21)
1996 80.9% (n=372) 84.4% (n=356) 42.1% (n=16)
1997 89.4% (n=387) 95.2% (n=358) 50.9% (n=29)
1998 88.5% (n=524) 93.7% (n=492) 47.76% n=32)
1999 91.9% (n=553) 96.0% (n=497) 66.7% (n=56)
2000 89.5% (n=522) 94.1% (n=462) 65.2% (n=60)
2001 79.9% (n=529) 85.4% (n=469) 52.6% (n=60)
2002 85.0% (n=595) 91.8% (n=504) 60.3% (n=91)
2003 88.67% (n=634) 94.2% (n=531) 68.2% (n=93)
2004 87.3% (n=548) 96.8% (n=454) 59.1% (n=94)
2005 84.1% (n=572) 93.3% (n=473) 57.2% (n=99)
2006 88.5% (n=678) 94.9% (n=536) 70.7% (n=142)
2007 85.5% (n=665) 94.9% (n=505) 65.0% (n=160)
2008 85.2% (n=691) 95.3% (n=506) 66.1% (n=185)
2009 85.0% (n=758) 95.7% (n=538) 66.7% (n=220)
2010 88.0% (n=801) 96.0% (n=618) 70.0% (n=183)
2011 82.67% (n=716) 92.70% (n=603) 59.69% (n=263)
2012 72.38% (n=916) 87.69% (n=593) 44.27% (n=323)
2013 78.23% (n=859) 91.82% (n=606) 57.56% (n=253)
2014 73.85% (n=1056) 57.18% (n=414)