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Preparing for the Exam

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


For 2021 Clinical Component Preparatory Resources, please click here.


Candidate Presentation: the Physiotherapy Competency Exam 

In this candidate-focused presentation, CAPR’s Physiotherapist Advisor Maggie Barnes-Ahlbrand discusses general information about both components of the PCE. The topics covered by the presentation include exam development, format, general content, marking, common candidate errors, tips for preparing for exam day, and important new information about how to demonstrate physiotherapy competency in a virtual environment.

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.

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.

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.

Remote Proctoring of the Written Component – Resources to help candidates make an informed decision about the remote proctoring modality.

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.