• Registration Examinations


    Once your application for registration has been approved by the College, you will be provided with details on how to register to take the EPPP and the JEE. While you do not need to hold a certificate authorizing supervised practice in order to be eligible to take these examinations; your application for registration must have been approved by the College.

    The EPPP is a computer based multiple choice examination and is available throughout the year at various designated computer testing centres throughout Canada and the United States.

    The JEE is a paper and pencil based multiple choice examination and is held at several examination centers in Ontario two times per year – each Spring and each Fall. Upcoming JEE dates are posted on the College’s website at www.cpo.on.ca.

    Supervised practice members must, in order to remain in good standing, take the EPPP and the JEE within one year of issuance of the certificate for supervised practice.

     

    You may take the EPPP and the JEE in any order that you prefer.

    The oral examination is the last step in the registration process. To be invited to attend an oral examination, you must have passed the EPPP and JEE and fulfilled all other requirements, including the period of authorized supervised practice.

    No. College staff are not permitted to convey exam results over the telephone, fax or via e-mail. Exam results are only sent to candidates via mail. JEE results are mailed out approximately 6 weeks following the examination, and EPPP results are mailed out approximately 4 weeks following an examination.  If you are concerned because you have not yet received your exam results, please contact the College to enquire whether your score has been mailed out to you yet.

    Once your application for registration has been approved by the College, you will be provided with details on how to register to take the EPPP and the JEE.

     

    The College does not recommend any particular method of preparation for the EPPP. Some candidates find materials published by commercial examination study companies to be helpful, but these commercial study materials are not endorsed by the College. Information on how to prepare for the EPPP, including a computer based practice exam, can be found on the website of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) at www.asppb.net.

     

    Applicants who took the EPPP as part of the registration/licensure requirements in another jurisdiction, and who received a scaled score of at least 500 or a percentage score of at least 70% are not required to re-take this examination.

    Please arrange to have your EPPP results forwarded directly to the College of Psychologists of Ontario by contacting the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) at the following link:  http://www.asppb.net/?page=ScoreTransfer 

     

    The College recommends that candidates review the preparatory information outlined in the document entitled Preparing to take the Jurisprudence and Ethics Examination which may be found in the Resources section of the College’s website at http://www.cpo.on.ca/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=1138 

     

    As well as the list of relevant Legislation and Standards:

     

    http://www.cpo.on.ca/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=951

    Additionally, detailed information about the JEE including (but not limited to) an Examination Blueprint of the content of the examination, pass point and scoring, number of attempts permitted, and special accommodations is outlined in the Examinations section of the Registration Guidelines: Supervised Practice:

    http://www.cpo.on.ca/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=294  :  Psychologists

    http://www.cpo.on.ca/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=932  :  Psychological Associates

    The Supervision Resource Manual  http://www.cpo.on.ca/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=321 also includes some information on how candidates can prepare to take the JEE.

    Candidates generally perform very well on the JEE.  Ontario-educated candidates tend to do better than those candidates who did not receive their education in Ontario.

    The pass rate on the JEE over the past 11 years has been 89%.  Only 6% of candidates have scored under 60%. The cut-score is generally about 66%, ranging from 62% to 69% for any one particular administration of the JEE. The highest score on each individual exam ranges from 86% to 98% and the lowest score ranges from 35% to 65%. The average score for the JEE over the past 11 years is 76%.

    Of particular note is that the pass rate observed on the JEE, both for Ontario educated and internationally educated candidates, is comparable to that of other high stakes professional licensing examinations.

    Internationally educated candidates are a very diverse group from many different countries. Many factors affect their success on the JEE, including language of education and language of clinical practice, years since graduation, and practice patterns in the country of education, that is, whether they are similar to Canada or different.

    Familiarity with the exam format may also affect the pass rate. In other words, candidates who have experienced multiple-choice exams during their education program may perform better than those candidates who have not experienced multiple-choice exams.

    The leading psychometric standard-setting body, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), specifically recommends that professional licensing examinations not use a “norm-reference approach” – that is, adjusting an examination’s pass rate so that a specified percentage of candidates pass each time. Standard 11.16 says    

     “The level of performance required for passing a credentialing test should depend on the knowledge and skills necessary for credential-worthy performance in the occupation or profession and should not be adjusted to control the number or proportion of persons passing the test.”

    American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, National Council on Measurement in Education. (2014). Standards for educational and psychological testing. Washington DC: American Educational Research Association.

    You can expect to receive your JEE score approximately 6 weeks after taking the examination.

    It takes College staff approximately 1-2 weeks to record and verify all candidate’s score sheets (received from testing sites across Ontario).  Then, the Jurisprudence and Ethics Examination Committee (JEEC) begins the process of psychometric analysis of items and setting the passpoint for that particular examination. The Registration Guidelines outline the procedure used by the JEEC to set the passpoint (http://cpo.on.ca/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=932). This process takes approximately 1-2 weeks to be completed.

    Once the exam passpoint has been set and individual results have been verified, College staff prepare each candidate’s notification for mail out and this process takes approximately 1-2 weeks to be completed.

    College staff are not permitted to convey exam results over the telephone, fax or via e-mail.

    The College does not provide feedback regarding a candidate’s performance within specific areas of the blueprint of the JEE or make recommendations for remediation.  Only the total score that the candidate achieved is provided, along with the cut-score, mean, and standard deviation.

    The JEE is a professional licensing exam. Professional licensing exams are used to evaluate knowledge, skills and abilities (i.e. competence) required to practise a profession at an entry-level, in the interest of the protection of the public. These types of examinations are not designed or intended to provide feedback to candidates. In this case the JEE is used to evaluate knowledge of jurisprudence, ethics, and standards related to the practice of psychology in Ontario.

    The reliability of the results of any exam is strongly related to the number of items (questions) on the exam. Similarly, the reliability of any information provided to candidates related to scales within the exam is related to the number of items within that scale. Given the JEE Examination Blueprint (as outlined in the Registration Guidelines), some categories may have as few as four to seven items. When there is a small number of items in a scale the reliability and also validity of any report based on these scales would be questionable as feedback to the candidate. 

    The Registration Guidelines: Supervised Practice (psychologist) and  Registration Guidelines: Supervised Practice (psychological associate), describe the oral examination, and the Supervision Resource Manual provides information on how candidates should prepare for the oral examination.