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Examiner FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions For Examiners and Written Station Markers

1. How do I apply to be an examiner or written station marker?

Your application form is available on the CAPR website. You are requested to read about Examiner Eligibility as well as Examiner Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest. If you meet the requirements, you are encouraged to apply to be an examiner for the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE).

2. How many clinical exams are there in a year?

There are two clinical exams in a year. One in June and one in November. The June exam is on a Saturday and the November exam is on Sunday. Check the exam dates for more information.

3. What are the duties of an examiner?

As an examiner, you observe the performance of candidates in clinical stations, record your observations on standardized test sheets and make decision about whether the performance is satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

As an examiner, you do not decide whether a candidate passes or fails a station or the exam. The Board of Examiners makes the pass/fail decisions.

For more information, please refer to the roles and responsibilities of an examiner.

4. How are examiners selected and confirmed for an exam?

The Chief Examiner for an exam site selects the examiners for each station, from a list of examiners who have applied and are eligible to examine.

The Physiotherapy Advisor for CAPR selects examiners for written station marking.

5. Are examiners provided with training prior to exam day?

Yes. You will be provided with examiner training. The training is in a webinar format. Once you have been selected and confirmed for an exam, you will be informed of the webinar training dates. CAPR offers three webinars prior to each exam.

  • new examiners are required to participate in a Pre-Exam Examiner Training (PEET) webinar prior to exam day
  • experienced examiners will be required to participate in re-training if the previous training session was more than 3 years ago.

6. How long is an exam day?

A typical exam day is from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

7. What is the honorarium for an examination?

  • the honorarium for an examiner who works the full day is $500.00
  • the honorarium for an on-site spare examiner is $300.00. On-site spare examiners will be released by 3:00 p.m.
  • the honorarium for an on-call spare examiner is $40.00 (on-call until 10:00 a.m. on exam day).

8. Will I be able to leave the exam floor during lunch?

Once signed in for the exam, you cannot leave the exam floor. You will be signed out after the exam, once all test sheets for your station are accounted for.

9. What can examiners bring and not bring to an exam?

The following items are permitted in an exam room:

  • wallet
  • small handbags
  • personal hygiene items
  • small cushion.

CAPR reserves the right to visually check small handbags.

CAPR and exam site will not permit the following items in an exam room:

  • large handbags
  • tote bags
  • winter coats
  • all electronic devices (cellphones, iPads  and digital or analog watches)
  • backpacks
  • food
  • coffee mugs, water bottles or travel mugs.

If you have any of these items with you, staff will place your item(s) in a Ziploc bag. The item(s) will be held in the secure registration area until the end of the exam.

You should ask that people contact you at the site exam day number in the event of an emergency. This number should be used for true emergencies only.

10. Will examiners be provided with meals on exam day?

As an examiner or written station marker, you will be provided with breakfast, a morning snack, lunch and an afternoon snack.

11. Is there a dress code for examiners on exam day?

You are encouraged to wear comfortable professional clothes. You are requested to dress in layers as exams are conducted in hospitals or exam centres and the exam site cannot control the temperature in each exam room. CAPR aims to provide a professional atmosphere during the examination.

12. What does an examiner do once they arrive at the exam station?

Once you arrive at the exam station you are examining, you are requested to:

  • count the test sheets in the folder and ensure that this number matches the number indicated on the front of the folder
  • read the ‘candidate instructions’
  • read the ‘notes for examiner’ and the ‘safety and unprofessional flags’ on the test sheets
  • read any additional inserts as applicable – diagrams, exercises, etc
  • acquaint yourself with the props for the station
  • conduct a dry run with the Standardized Client.

13. If there is an incident on exam day, who do I contact?

If you experience an incident on exam day, you should contact the Chief Examiner (CE) or Assistant Chief Examiner (ACE). The CE or ACE will document the incident in detail.

14. Confidentiality and Security of Test Material

The security issues facing licensure exams such as the Physiotherapy Competency Exam include eliminating unfair advantages among candidates and avoiding the high human and financial costs of replacing examination materials should security be breached. CAPR endeavors to maintain the strictest security of the content of the examination before, during and after the examination.

All examination materials are protected by copyright. CAPR has stringent security measures in place to protect all items of exam material during all phases of development and execution including: development and review of material reproduction, transportation and disposal of examination materials and presentation of material on exam day.

Receiving or giving information about the clinical stations used in the Physiotherapy Competency Exam either before or after the examination is not allowed. Debriefing increases the understanding of examination stations. Information gained in debriefing can be used by unsuccessful candidates to gain an unfair advantage in future examinations. Confidentiality of station information should be considered in the same way as confidentiality of patient information – the duty to maintain confidentiality never ends.

Please note that these confidentiality and security measures apply to examiners as well as candidates.

15. How do I provide station, exam day or written station marker day feedback?

Your feedback as an examiner is essential for the examination quality assurance program. Please provide specific feedback on station questions on the feedback form provided in your registration envelope. We share this feedback with the Clinical Development Test Group during the station review process.

You can provide feedback on examination logistics, training, etc. online using the survey link that we will email to you after the exam or written station marking is finished.