October 6, 2020 (version française)
While broad restrictions have not yet been directed, the Government of Ontario’s recently released Fall Preparedness Plan for Health, Long-Term Care and Education Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19 notes that “with a resurgence of COVID-19, either locally or province-wide, targeted action may be taken to adjust or tighten public health measures.”
The closure of several test centres, school systems, and centres in which candidates typically write the Registration Examination has restricted the number of seats available in October 2020. The potential remains high for closure of additional sites on very short notice given the current resurgence of cases and increasing restrictions on physical gatherings. These closures are beyond the control of CRPO.
If it remains possible for people to write the exam as scheduled, candidates should anticipate that the pandemic will affect their exam writing experience. For example, people will be required to abide by public health requirements such as: practise physical distancing, use sanitizer, and wear masks. There will be uncertainty around waitlists and seating capacity. Individual test sites may have additional requirements, and these will be conveyed in confirmation emails. In light of this, we are writing to provide registrants with information to assist them in deciding whether or not to write the entry-to-practice exam at the fall sitting on October 21-23. It remains the responsibility of candidates to assess their individual circumstances and contexts to determine the best course of action for them.
- Thursday, October 8th is the last date to withdraw from the exam and receive a full refund.
- After October 8th, refunds related to COVID-19 will only be issued to people who withdraw because they test positive, have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, are required to be in isolation, or they have symptoms.
- The number of seats available for exam candidates is still being determined as capacity may change in response to pandemic-related restrictions. In order to safely access the maximum number of seats for candidates in each location, usual timelines will not be met for confirming if a candidate has a seat at the location of their choice. Candidates will be notified whether or not they have a seat as soon as possible.
- Factors related to the pandemic (e.g., the requirement that everyone wear a face mask for the duration of the exam) will not serve as grounds for appeal of results. Appeals for candidates who fail the exam are only granted where there is evidence that extenuating circumstances made an exam sitting unfair. If you are uncomfortable being in the exam writing space or wearing a mask during the exam, consider deferring your exam attempt.
- CRPO’s Examination Committee previously granted an extension to any registrant impacted by the pandemic who is unable to make their first or final exam attempt within the specified timelines. The extension is to one of the next two exam administrations. For example, a registrant who had been notified that the April 2020 exam was their last opportunity to make their first exam attempt will now have either the October 2020 or spring 2021 exam sitting to make their first attempt.
- Depending on any forthcoming restrictions imposed by government officials, the October examination may be postponed for a period of time.