Day of the Exam

Candidates should review all of the Jurisprudence, Ethics and Professionalism exam pages, and all Prometric information that is relevant to test takers before the day of the exam. Prometric has provided specific information including a “What to Expect” video for candidates who selected the online delivery option and those who selected the test centre delivery option.

Candidates who chose the remotely proctored delivery option of the exam should have completed the system readiness check and the evaluation of technology requirements outlined in the Technology Requirements for Online Testing Delivery Option on the Apply for the Exam webpage well before the day of the exam.

Candidates are expected to read and understand the Rules of Conduct before the day of the exam, and will be required to accept these rules before they may proceed into the exam.

Candidates may wish to view the Demonstration Tutorial before the day of the exam. This tutorial includes a Practice Sample Test, and allows the candidate to read the instructions for and practise navigating in the computer-based test format. The correct responses for the sample test are available on the Sample Questions page.

Candidates will be under video surveillance while online for remote proctoring and in the testing centres.

What to Bring

Candidates will be required to present one form of valid, government-issued identification which includes a recent, recognizable photograph and signature. The candidate’s first and last name on the identification presented at the test centre must match the candidate’s first and last name on file with the College.

Examples of acceptable identification include:

  • Canadian Government issued identification card (e.g.: Photo ID card, First Nations ID card)
  • Canadian passport
  • Canadian citizenship card
  • Driver’s license issued in Canada
  • International Passport

Please Note: Provincial health cards are not considered acceptable forms of identification due to Ontario’s health privacy law.

Candidates should also bring their Prometric Scheduling Confirmation E-mail. They may be asked to present this to the text centre personnel or proctor.

Note: Candidates must check with the specific test centre for information on their policy regarding public health policies.

Arrival/Set Up

Candidates taking a remotely proctored exam should plan to begin the process 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment time, and must ensure their technology is operational prior to the date and time of the exam. During peak exam appointment times, it may take up to 30 minutes for a proctor to become available. If a candidate has to wait for the proctor to become available at their scheduled appointment time, the candidate will still have the full exam seat time.

Candidates testing at Prometric Test Centres should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment time, factoring in time for travel, weather conditions and screening measures at the test centre.

Candidates who log in or arrive after their scheduled appointment time are not guaranteed a seat to take the exam due to potential scheduling conflicts with subsequent exam candidates and Prometric’s other test takers.

Starting the Exam

Candidates must review and accept a Non-Disclosure Agreement which includes abiding by the Rules of Conduct.

A brief tutorial with an overview of the navigation and features of the computer-based format of the exam will be available prior to the start time of the exam. Candidates are strongly encouraged to review the tutorial in the time provided before starting the exam.

During the Exam

The exam is 2.5 hours long. Candidates should be prepared for a 3 hour seat time that includes time before the exam begins for checking in, identification verification, and watching the optional tutorial that explains how to navigate in Prometric’s software platform.

Candidates will have access to the NAPRA National Drug Schedules and the OCP Prescription Regulation Summary chart, each provided as a searchable electronic .pdf document. These references may be accessed throughout the exam; remotely proctored candidates will need to have the screen resolution defined in the Technology Requirements for Online Testing Delivery Option on the Apply for the Exam webpage to be able to view each of these references simultaneously as a split screen with the exam question page. The Prescription Regulation Summary chart is available in French for candidates who select the French translated exam on their application.

Candidates will not be able to access the internet, and are not permitted to use any electronic devices including but not limited to phones, cameras, recording devices, wireless headsets/earphones/earbuds, smart watches, fitness trackers and calculators.

There are no scheduled breaks during the examination. Any candidate who wishes to take an unscheduled break must raise their hand and a proctor will sign them out of the test room. When returning, the candidate must sign back in with all security checks. The exam timer on the screen will continue to count down. The exam timer does not stop during an unscheduled break, and candidates do not receive additional exam time.

If an exam administration incident occurs, the candidate should immediately notify a Prometric proctor so that the issue can be addressed and resolved. You must also notify the College in writing to with your name, OCP number, and description of the issue if you are unable to get it resolved.

Before Ending the Exam Session

Candidates will have the option of completing a post-exam survey if they believe an incident may not have been satisfactorily resolved or it may have impacted their performance. Unresolved exam administration issues must be reported on the post-exam survey before ending the exam session. The College will review all of these reports.

After Ending the Exam Session

Candidates may exit the exam room at any time when they have finished the exam.

The Non-Disclosure Agreement forbids candidates from discussing the exam with anyone including other candidates they encounter as they exit the exam room and testing centre.

Day of the Exam FAQs

What should I do if I have an emergency on the day of the exam?

If you believe, for whatever reason, that you are unable to do your best on the day of the exam, you are encouraged not to attempt the exam. You must inform the College of your decision not to take the exam in writing at before the exam begins. You must also cancel your appointment with Prometric. For more information, please see Apply for the Exam > Exam Withdrawals.

What should I do if I am running late on the day of the exam?

If you know that you will not arrive until after your scheduled appointment time, follow the instructions for late arrivals/set up on the Prometric Scheduling Confirmation Email.

What should I do if I have technical difficulties while taking the exam?

If you experience any technical difficulties at any time during the exam, notify the Prometric proctor immediately so that the issue can be addressed and resolved. If the technical issues cannot be resolved and cannot be reported on the post-exam survey, contact the College directly as soon as possible to report your issue. Prometric will notify the College of any incidents that it becomes aware of, and the College will follow up accordingly.

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