Qualifying Examination Structure

The Qualifying Examination consists of two components: Part I, a written Multiple Choice Question exam and Part II, an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). Unless a candidate is re-attempting a section of the Qualifying Examination following a previous unsuccessful attempt, all eligible examination candidates must take both parts of the Qualifying Examination at a given examination administration. 
Examination Schedule:
Day 1:  Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) examination
Day 2:  Break – No Examinations
Days 3 & 4: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

Part I:  MCQ - Written Examination  

The MCQ examination is administered in two, 3 hour sessions. This is a closed book examination and consists of 250 independent multiple choice questions.  
The number of questions in each competency area follows the blueprint below:   

Competency Area
(% as per National Competency Profile)
MCQ # of
1. Clinical Practice - (35%) 35% 88
2. Laboratory – (28.9%) 26% 65
3. Professional Collaboration – (8.5%) 13% 32
4. Practice Management – (8.4%) 16% 40
5. Jurisprudence, Ethics and Professional Responsibilities – (9.7%) 10% 25
TOTALS 100% 250

MCQ: Sample Questions (coming soon)

Part II: OSCE - Clinical Examination

The OSCE is designed to assess a candidate’s application of clinical knowledge, communication and problem solving skills.  This examination consists of a series of stations through which all QE candidates rotate.  At each station, the candidate is faced with a simulated task or clinical problem and is required to perform specific functions to complete the task or address the problem. The OSCE stations can be interactive with live, standardized patients or non-interactive. 
The number of stations addressing a particular competency area follows the blueprint below:  

Competency Area
(% as per National Competency Profile)
OSCE # of
1. Clinical Practice - (35%) 35% 6
2. Laboratory – (28.9%) 30% 5
3. Professional Collaboration – (8.5%) 10% 2
4. Practice Management – (8.4%) 5% 1
5. Jurisprudence, Ethics and Professional Responsibilities – (9.7%) 10% 2
6. Communication – (9.5%) 10% 2
TOTALS 100% 18


Familiarize Yourself with the OSCE:

Part II-OSCE: Qualifying Examination Orientation (Video Link)
For individuals who are unfamiliar with the OSCE examination, this video clip provides a detailed overview of the process from beginning to end.
OSCE: Sample Interactive Station (Video Link)
This video clip presents an example of a sample station that a candidate may encounter during the OSCE. It demonstrates what is expected of a candidate inside an interactive station.