Changes to the candidate exam experience starting in 2018 include:

A longer multiple-choice component, language selection at the start of the exam, and the ability to flag questions during the multiple-choice component and return to those questions at any point during the multiple-choice component portion of the exam.

A longer multiple-choice component, language selection at the start of the exam, and the ability to flag questions during the multiple-choice component and return to those questions at any point during the multiple-choice component portion of the exam.

The new exam structure will see a longer multiple-choice component (four hours) and a shorter clinical decision making component (3.5 hours). Currently, candidates have 3.5 hours to complete the multiple-choice component portion of the exam, and four hours for the clinical decision making component.

Why are we doing this?

  • The multiple-choice component portion was increased to be able to test more competencies in the required content areas.

Candidates will be required to make their language choice at the start of their exam on exam day, and then take the exam in one language; the language choice cannot be changed throughout the exam, and the toggling feature between English and French questions during the exam will no longer be available.

Why are we doing this?

  • Our analyses showed minimal usage of the toggling feature by candidates.
  • This change is also based on input from stakeholders, including medical educators, who have asked that their candidates take the exam in a single language.
  • The introduction of enhanced quality assurance measures for both language versions of the examination has made the need to toggle obsolete.
  • As well, the time spent toggling between language versions presented a potential risk for candidates of not completing the examination.
  • We are introducing this change in 2018, to align with how the exam will be offered at vendor operated sites in 2019.

Candidates will have the ability to flag questions during the multiple-choice question component, and return to those questions at any point during the multiple-choice question portion of the exam. As is currently the case, candidates will continue to be able to flag clinical decision making (CDM) questions and go back to the flagged CDM items at any point during the CDM component of the exam.

Why are we doing this?

  • This is being done to enhance the exam experience for candidates and align with how the exam will be delivered by the vendor starting in 2019.