CPHR Canada recently decided to make the switch to computer based testing for the National Knowledge Exam. Computer based testing is exactly what it sounds like - writers will complete the exam using computers rather than pencil and paper. Starting for the fall 2019 exam session, exams will now be held at testing centres and will be available on two dates with two time options on each day.
With the switch, there does come an increased cost. The organization that delivers the computer based exam charges a seat fee of $125. CPHR Alberta has absorbed that amount into the exam registration fee meaning that the exam fee is now $525. By combining registration costs, CPHR Alberta saves registrants a small secondary charge they would pay if they registered directly with the exam administrator. Registering and paying only once makes the registration process more streamlined and simple as well.
Most certification and licensure bodies in Canada use computer based testing for their professional exams and CPHR Canada felt it would be best for our organization to do the same. By offering the exams in a computer based environment instead, we are able to offer more time availabilities to write the exam. There are also features of the exam interface that can be of benefit to the writer including:
• an ability to bookmark questions,
• a “notes” feature that allows candidates to make notes they can refer to during the exam,
• the question navigator function to easily jump back and forth between questions,
• a time remaining clock with an optional reminder at specified intervals (e.g., 5 minutes left),
• accessibility features such as font size increase/decrease,
• a “submit with unanswered question” check and
• the question count function (e.g., ‘Question 1 of 8’).
The June 1, 2019 NKE will be administered in the usual fashion and will cost $400.00. Registration for the June exam closes on April 2, 2019 so be sure to register by that date if you would rather not use the new method of computer based testing. For more information on the National Knowledge Exam, how to prepare and how to waive the NKE, visit the NKE section on the CPHR Alberta website.