Last updated January, 2023
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Step 1: Be prepared for your exam
Step 2: Review the functionality of the exam system interface
Step 3: Practice with the exam interface
Questions about the 2023 exams
Where do I go?
Your appointment letter will indicate the details of your exam, including the date, time and the city where you are registered to write. You can also check our website for dates and locations of 2023 exams.
If there are any changes to locations, candidates and exam stakeholders will be notified by email.
What do I bring?
Please bring the following:
What am I not allowed to bring to my exam?
What should I do the day before my exam?
What happens on exam day?
Figure 1: A screenshot of the Practique system login screen. The ID and Password fields are highlighted.
Failure to wait, clicking on links or using the keyboard may cause a delay in starting your exam.
Figure 2: A screenshot of the Practique system holding screen.
Figure 3: A screenshot of the Practique system interface. The Control Bar is highlighted.
The Practique system interface has various control buttons that will be used during the exam.
Click “OVERVIEW” to display the list of questions on the left side of the interface. See below for details on the overview functionality.
Click “LANGUAGE” to toggle the language of the exam content between English and French (only if the exam is available in French).
Click “FINISH” if you are ready to submit the exam before the allotted time elapses.
Click “CALCULATOR” to do mathematical operations. See below for details on the calculator functionality.
“TIME REMAINING” displays a countdown of the examination time remaining.
Click “NEXT” and “PREVIOUS” to navigate between questions sequentially.
Figure 4: A screenshot of the Practique system interface. The Overview pane and flag button are highlighted.
Figure 5: A screenshot of the Control Bar within the Practique system interface, with the Calculator button selected. The Calculator Bar is highlighted.
Viewing and manipulating an image resource
Figure 6: A screenshot of an open image resource showing the control options menu.
Move the resource:
Select “PAN,” hold the left mouse button down and move the mouse.
Zoom in/out of the resource:
Select “ZOOM,” hold the left mouse button down and move the mouse forward or backward.
Rotate the resource:
Select “ROTATE,” hold the left mouse button down and move the mouse forward or backward.
Scroll through a multi-page resource:
Select “SCROLL,” hold the left mouse button down and move the mouse forward or backward. You can also use the arrows.
Reset the resource to its original state:
Viewing and manipulating a video resource
Figure 7: A screenshot of a video resource showing the control options menu. The fullscreen button is highlighted.
Figure 8: A screenshot of an open video resource. The play button is highlighted.
Figure 9: A screenshot of an open video resource. The minimize button is highlighted.
Finishing the exam
Figure 10: A screenshot of the Control Bar within the Practique system interface. The Finish button is highlighted.
Figure 11: A screenshot of a pop-up asking the candidate to submit their exam.
*Please note that when the allotted time for the exam period has elapsed, the pop-up will appear automatically and you will only have the option to click “Submit exam.”
These videos show MCQ-format and SAQ-format exams with typical questions spanning various specialties. For example, there are questions with images or multiple images, multipart questions and questions referencing tables. Click on “CC” (closed captions), in the bottom right corner, and select “English” to view the captions.
Watch these videos to review the functionality of the exam system interface:
How can I practice with the exam interface before I write my exam?
Visit the Practique exam demonstration site to familiarize yourself with the interface and functionality, including how to flag items, answer questions and submit the exam. You can access this site as many times as you would like to practice. Please note that Google Chrome is the only supported browser.
Learn more about visual material (slides and microscopy) for the practical exams.
If you have other questions about the 2023 exams, please visit our frequently asked questions.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include your specialty in the subject line and Candidate ID number in the body of your email.
We recognize exams are a stressful experience and that we are in unprecedented times. The Royal College is committed to communicating with you in a respectful, professional and civil manner. Similarly, we ask that the same courtesy be provided to our employees. Thank you!