Information about written exams at home/office

Last updated August 9, 2021

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Information about exam technology

Step 1: Review the process

Step 2: Complete exam demo

Step 3: Watch these videos

Step 4: Create profile

Step 5: Take exam

Information about exam technology

What is Practique?

Practique is the examination system the Royal College is using to deliver the 2021 exams.

What is Examity?

Examity is the remote proctoring system the Royal College is using to invigilate your 2021 exam.

All written exams will be administered through Practique. For those who selected to take the exam remotely from home/office, Examity will provide the proctoring services in English only.

Special note for French-speaking candidates writing remotely from home/office

Candidates taking the examination remotely who have requested support in French through our survey will be contacted directly to arrange the proctoring process.

Step 1: Review the process

Is your computer ready?

Note: you must complete your system readiness check on the computer you will be using for the exam in the location you will be writing it.

Step 2: Complete exam demo

How can I view 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.
  • The candidate ID number and password for the examinations are:
    • MCQ demo - ID: 9876543, Password: 98765
    • SAQ demo - ID: 1234567, Password: 12345

* If updates are made to the exam demo site, a notice will be posted here.

* Please note Google Chrome is the only supported browser. It is recommended that after completing an exam demo, you log out of the demonstration site completely by selecting “Finish exam.” It is also recommended that you clear your browser data after completing the demo to facilitate returning at a later time. Once you return to the initial log in screen, you can use the ID and password again to access the demonstration site and repeat any of the exam demos.

Step 3: Watch these videos

MCQ-format exam

Watch this brief video to review the functionality of the exam system interface

Note: This video shows a MCQ-format exam with typical questions spanning various specialties. For example, there are questions with images or multiple images, multipart questions and questions referencing tables.

SAQ-format exam

Watch this brief video to review the functionality of the exam system interface

Note: This video shows a SAQ-format exam with typical questions spanning various specialties. For example, there are questions with images or multiple images, multipart questions and questions referencing tables.

Step 4: Create profile

You will receive an email to create your profile in the Royal College process. This process is documented in a video and will require you to:

  • Upload a photo of government-issued ID
  • Add a phone number you can be reached at

How do I create my online profile?

Watch this brief video on how to create your profile.

Once you have successfully completed this step, you are scheduled and officially ready to take the online exam.

Approximately 2 days before your written exam, you will be emailed your Candidate ID and password in order to create your online profile.

What will happen on exam day?

Tips and tricks

Review our tips and tricks (under the dropdown menu “Studying for the exam") to answering exam questions.

Is there anything else I should know?

  • Review our FAQs
  • The Royal College will be launching an app in August to consolidate information on exams for candidates. We will advise you by email when the app is ready for download.

Step 5: Take exam

On exam day

  • Log into Practique (through the same link used to create your profile) on exam day. Click on “Start Proctoring.”

    A proctor will guide you through the ID verification followed by an assessment of your room. You must be able to move your webcam to show a 360 degree view of your environment.
  • The proctor can assist you with minor technical issues to ensure you can start the exam. Please note technical support for the online home/office option will be limited. However, you should have thoroughly verified your system meets the minimum system requirements.

When can you log in?

On exam day, you can log in 15 minutes before your scheduled exam start time and the window will remain open for 30 minutes after the start time.

For example, if you have an exam that starts at 9 a.m., you can log in at 8:50 a.m. You will be connected to a proctor, who will perform the mandatory ID checks and room scan. This should not take more than 10 minutes. If you start your exam at 9:10 a.m., you will have until 12:10 p.m. to complete the exam, which is a full three hours. Similarly, if you log in at 9:10 a.m. and start your exam at 9:29 a.m. after completing the ID verification and room scan, you will have until 12:29 to complete the exam.

Warning: Candidates who have not logged in to perform the mandatory ID checks and room scan 30 minutes after the official start time will lose the ability to do so. For example, if the exam start time is 9 a.m., candidates will not be able to begin the exam if they have not started the log in process before 9:31 a.m.

Questions about the fall 2021 exams?

If you have other questions about the fall 2021 exams, please visit our frequently asked questions.

To submit a question, please email the Royal College at exams2021@royalcollege.ca and include “Online exams" and your specialty in the subject line.

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 the same courtesy is provided to our employees. Thank you!

Online Exam Checklist

Pre-exam

  • I have reviewed all of the reference material regarding the proctoring and exam process.
  • I have secured an appropriate location in which to take the exam where I will be alone and uninterrupted for the duration of my exam time.
  • I have successfully tested my computer system in the location where I plan on taking the exam.
  • I have created my profile with Examity.
  • I have completed a system check one week prior to my exam.
  • I have disabled pop-ups in my browser.
  • Check your email or the Royal College app to ensure there are no new notifications about your exam.

Exam day

Check your email or the Royal College app to ensure there are no new notifications about your exam.

An hour before your exam is scheduled to begin:

  • I have checked that my computer and internet connection are working. (We suggest re-doing a system check to verify internet speed.)

Fifteen minutes before the start time of the exam:

  • I am alone in the room and do not anticipate any distractions.
  • My workspace is clear of all material not required for my exam.
  • If applicable, my laptop computer is connected to a power source.
  • Any items that I do not want to be visible to the proctor must be removed from the environment (e.g. family pictures, …)
  • I have a snack and drink with me, if I wish.
  • I have all of the stationary materials I need:
    • Single blank 8.5 x 11 paper to take notes
    • Pen or pencil (with sharpener and eraser, if required)