Candidates will be required to sit a two part examination. A pass standing is required by the College to fulfill the registration requirements and become a member of the College. The College provides each applicant with the following documents in preparation for the examination:
These two documents help the candidate to prepare for the examination. The following is a description of the Registration Examination.
Part A: Written
The examination is composed of 200 questions. All of the examination is composed of multiple choice questions and matching questions. The questions are all linked and based on the Profile of Competencies document of the College of Chiropodists of Ontario.
The examination will be weighted as follows (note references to categories in Profile of Competencies document):
|· Jurisprudence “Professional Ethics” (Categories 1,4,5)||15%|
|· Assessment (Category 2)||30%|
|· Implementation of Treatment (Category 3)||30%|
|· Pharmacotherapy (Category 7)||20%|
|· Disease Prevention & Health Promotion (Category 6)||5%|
All candidates are required to complete Part A of the examination. Each candidate must pass the jurisprudence component of Part A of the examination in order to register with the College. Passing scores will be determined using the Angoff method. The College of Chiropodists uses the Angoff method to set passing scores on both the written examination and the OSCE. Angoff’s method is considered to be the industry standard and is issued by many licensing bodies and organizations to set a passing score on these types of examinations. The passing grade of a test cannot be decided arbitrarily – it must be justified with empirical data.
Angoff`s method requires a panel of judges to review each item in an examination and render judgment as to whether the minimal competent borderline candidate would answer the item correctly. The minimum performance level for each judge is the number of items that the judge felt will be answered correctly by the minimally competent borderline candidate. The minimum performance levels are averaged across judges to get the final pass score.
Performance setting is intended to ensure that the same level of skills, knowledge and ability is required to pass different tests. It is a technique that levels the playing field thereby negating the effects of a more difficult examination.
It is important to note that each question will be based on one competency from within the competency document. Therefore, it is vital that each candidate be completely understanding of ALL competencies within the Profile of Competencies document. This document is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENT to use in the preparation of the registration exam.
Part B: Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation (O.S.C.E.)
This evaluation will test clinical competencies, and will be composed of a number of stations at which the candidate will have a specified time to complete a task and/or answer questions.
- The candidate may be asked to take a patient’s history and at the next station answer a series of related questions.
- The candidate may be asked to evaluate a cast and at the next station answer a series of related questions.
- At the same station the candidate may be asked to evaluate and answer questions related to a radiograph.
In accordance with the College’s Examination Regulation, a candidate who is unsuccessful on the examination may write a supplemental examination. If a candidate is unsuccessful on the supplemental examination, that person may be eligible to write the 2 components of the Registration Examination the following year.