Physical Therapy

Exam Skills Preparation Workshops (ESP)

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Workshop Dates:

Session Dates Deadline to Register
MCQ Workshop Saturday June 13, 2015 June 11, 2015
MCQ Workshop Sunday November 1, 2015 October 29, 2015
OSCE Workshop Saturday April 25, 2015 FULL– Registration closed**
OSCE Workshop Sunday May 3, 2015 FULL– Registration closed**

Please Note:

  • ESP Workshops will be delivered on the above dates only if minimum enrollment numbers are met.  Applicants will be notified by email seven days before the date of the workshop.
  • If the course reaches the maximum number of participants before the deadline, registration will close.


Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Exam Skills Preparation Workshop

The Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) Exam Skills Preparation Workshop is a skill development workshop to assist participants in preparing for and completing a competency-based multiple choice examination. These skills are valuable for those who are preparing for the written component of the physiotherapy qualifying exam. Practice tests during the workshop will be conducted on a computer-based platform.

The workshop will NOT provide “bridging” or “upgrading” content for physical therapy practice in Canada.

Workshop Objectives

In the course of the workshop, participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to practice computer-based multiple choice questions (MCQs) relevant to current physical therapy practice
  • Understand MCQ structure and strategies for successful studying for and writing of the Physiotherapy Competency Exam (PCE) written component
  • Identify potential gaps in their knowledge or understanding of physical therapy practice in Canada
  • Hear from a recent, successful candidate of the PCE written component about his or her strategies and experience

Workshop Content

During the workshop, participants will:

  • Learn strategies for studying for and writing multiple choice tests
  • Independently challenge a set of multiple choice questions relevant to physical therapy practice in a timed setting
  • Review test answers and identify potential gaps in participant knowledge and/or clinical reasoning skills


MCQ ESP registration fee: $150

Link to register for MCQ ESP Workshop 


Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) Exam Skills Preparation Workshop

This is a skill development workshop for managing an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) which is valuable for internationally educated physical therapists that have passed the Written Component of the qualifying exam and are preparing for the Clinical Component.

The workshop will NOT provide “bridging” or “upgrading” content for physical therapy practice in Canada.

>Workshop Purpose

  1. Discuss strategies & skills for managing an OSCE
  2. Use the strategies & skills in typical exam conditions in 12 practice OSCE stations

The OSCE practice stations are selected from The Alliance Orientation Resources for Physical therapy Competency Examinations. Familiar stations are used to allow the learner to be more relaxed and truly focus on developing skills to manage the OSCE process.

Examiners mark individual performance in the practice stations to further demonstrate the strategies & skills appropriate to challenging a competence based OSCE exam.

Examiners provide comments to acknowledge good practice and review the technical errors candidates must avoid after both the morning and afternoon practice stations.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the one day OSCE Workshop the IEPT learner will be able to:

  1. Outline the intended purpose of the registration exam
  2. Describe essential elements of an OSCE
  3. Discuss the rationale for assessing competency using an OSCE exam
  4. Discuss strategies for preparing for competence-based OSCE exam
  5. Discuss strategies for managing an OSCE
  6. Apply recommended strategies in challenging a competence based OSCE exam
  7. Review errors to be avoided during OSCE


OSCE ESP workshop Registration: $400


Registration Instructions

There are two steps to register for the workshops:

  1. Complete the registration form and proceed to the online payment form.
  2. When you receive your confirmation email complete the Participant Profile survey.

For assistance please email or call 416-946-8560.

Register MCQ Exam Skills Workshop  

Register OSCE Exam Skills Workshop (registration currently closed) 


Workshop Prerequisites

Before attending the workshop learners will be emailed prerequisite reading material and a schedule of the day’s activities.

This information:

  • provides an overview of exam context and use in Canada;
  • reviews competency assessment and methods; and
  • highlights the difference in purpose and context between examinations used within educational programs and those used for professional registration.

Participants should review the Exam Blueprint for the Physical therapy Exam prior to attending the workshop.

Workshop Details


Andrea Ottensmeyer MSc, MScPT
Coordinator of Modualr Programming, OIEPB Program

Sylvia Daniel BScPT, MScPT                                                                                                                                           Workplace Integration Coordinator, OIEPB Program


Both workshops begin at 9am and run until approximately 4:30pm.  Please be at the workshop between 8:15 – 8:45 for registration.


Department of Physical Therapy
Rehabilitation Sciences Building
University of Toronto
500 University Avenue, Toronto  M5G 1V7


By Subway: At the St. Patrick’s subway station on the University Subway line exit on the North WEST side at the University Ave. Walk north on University Avenue to the Rehabilitation Science Building at 500 University Avenue.

Driving: Parking is available in the parking garage behind 500 University Avenue on Simcoe Street. Simcoe Street is one block west of University Avenue and is a one- way street going north. To access the Parking Garage turn north off Dundas Street onto Simcoe Street – the Parking Garage will be on your left.

GO Train: Walk or take the subway from Union Station to University and Dundas Street West and walk north on University Avenue to the Rehabilitation Science Building at 500 University Avenue

Cancellation Policy

If there is insufficient registration the workshop will be cancelled and refunds given, you will be notified 7 days before the workshop if it will be cancelled. If there is sufficient registration no refunds will be given to those who fail to attend.