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Exam Basics

1. Structure

The 2021 Clinical Component will remain an Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE). The Clinical Component will comprise six 10-minute clinical stations and six five-minute clinical stations. There will be no written element for any of the 12 stations.

Candidates will complete the exam in one day by participating in two circuits of six stations each—a 10-minute station circuit and a 5-minute station circuit. In each exam session, all candidates will be divided into two groups; one group will start with the 10-minute circuit and the other group will start with the 5‑minute circuit. When both groups complete their first circuit, there will be a short break. After the break, the two groups will complete their second circuit of stations—either the 10-minute circuit or the 5-minute circuit.

Sample Exam Session
 Group 1  10-minute station circuit 10 10 10 10 10 10
 Group 2  5-minute station circuit 5 5 5 5 5 5
 SHORT BREAK (~30 minutes)
 Group 1  5-minute station circuit 5 5 5 5 5 5
 Group 2  10-minute station circuit 10 10 10 10 10 10


2. Exam Blueprint

Each 12-station Clinical Component delivered in 2021 will be built to satisfy the 2009 PCE Blueprint. You can review the blueprint here.

3. Delivery Method

We are delivering the exam using the Qpercom Observe platform. Qpercom Observe is a digital software solution made specifically for clinical assessment exams, such as Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs). To read more about Qpercom, please visit the Qpercom website.


4. Dates and Delivery Model

CAPR will relaunch the clinical exam on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Exams will be offered twice a day on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, with a few exceptions, with 12-24 candidates participating in each exam. Exam results from each testing window will be released at the same time, regardless of a candidate’s exam date within the window.

Mostly, candidates will be assigned to Windows 1-4 based on the exam they were originally registered for: March, June, August, and November. However, we may shift candidates into different windows based on the following principles:

  1. CAPR must include an equal distribution of Canadian-educated and internationally-educated candidates in each window.[1]
  2. Because of the wide range of time zones in Canada, CAPR must make sure that no candidate is disadvantaged by an unreasonable start time.
  3. CAPR will schedule French-speaking candidates based on the availability of French-speaking Examiners and Standardized Clients.
  4. Candidates who require certain accommodations to take the exam will be scheduled based on our capacity to offer the accommodations.

Candidates in Window 5 will begin their assessments after all candidates in Windows 1-4 have completed the exam. More information about Window 5 will be available for candidates soon.

Date Ranges September 8-October 6 October 13-November 8 November 10-December 6 December 8-January 12* TBA
Eligible Candidates (Original Exam) March 2021 June 2021 August 2021 November 2021 General registration queue†
Candidate Spaces 576 576 576 576 OPEN


5. Exam Results

We will release exam results for each window 8 weeks after the final exam session in the window. All candidates in a window will be able to access their results at the same time, regardless of their exam date.

Testing Window Window End Date Results Release Target
WINDOW 1 October 6 Week of December 1
WINDOW 2 November 8 Week of January 4
WINDOW 3 December 6 Week of January 31
WINDOW 4 January 12 Week of March 9