​​​​​What to expect — Computer-based Assessment 


  • Email confirmation of scheduled appointment
  • One form of non-expired, government-issued ID that includes a photo and signature 

Note: If one piece of ID does not include name, photo and signature,  present two parts of non-expired, government-issued ID that together demonstrate all three needs


Acceptable forms of primary ID include:

  • driver's licence
  • foreign government-issued ID
  • government-issued ID
  • government-issued work ID
  • military ID
  • NEXUS card
  • passport
  • permanent resident visa or green card
  • provincial health card (if a photo is included)

Acceptable forms of secondary ID include:

  • province or state health card
  • social insurance number card (Canada)
  • social security card (US)
  • study permit (must be original and non-expired)

Bring as few personal belongings as possible.

Personal items put lockers:

  • Purses, wallets, food, drink
  • Any electronic devices: phones, tablets, laptop or notebook computers, watches, fitness trackers, calculator
  • Pens, pencils, pen lights 
  • Paper, books, notebooks 
  • Bags, briefcases

Any other personal items deemed by NCAS or the test administrator to be not appropriate for a testing environment


The CBA includes reviewing cases that go through the step-by-step process of clinical thinking and decision-making. The possibilities are developed to unfold over a single work shift, a couple of days or weeks. There is a mix of multiple-choice and multiple-select questions.

Multiple-choice questions have four options, with only one correct answer.

Multiple-select questions have six answer options, three are correct. The multiple-select questions include a prompt to select the three best actions for a health care professional to take in the situation that the scenario describes.

Read the questions carefully, as answers can't be changed.  ​


Computer-Based AssessmentLength​​
HCA CBA3 hours
LPN CBA3 hours​​​
RN CBA3 hours
Dual-track RN/LPN CBA3 hours
Triple-track RN/LPN/HCA CBA5 hours
RPN CBA3 hours

There are 15 minutes to complete a brief tutorial before starting the Computer Based Assessment (CBA). This time is NOT included in the actual assessment time and is used to review Prometric's computer testing environment.  


The CBA is administered by Prometric at their testing centres across Canada and worldwide.

The Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) CBA is available via remote proctoring. This option is available when self-scheduling the CBA through the Prometric website.

What to expect​

Arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled time at the Prometric Testing Centre. Click here for Prometric's Test Centre policies during COVID-19

Upon Arrival

  • The proctor greets and reviews both pieces of your valid, government-issued ID as well as the email confirmation you received of the scheduled appointment. You sign the assessment day attendance list to confirm that all applicants have assigned seating.
  • You place your personal belongings in a secure area.
  • Take assigned seating and complete proctor instructions.
  • You will be given a whiteboard or pad of paper to take notes on during the assessment. You have to return the whiteboard and all paper to the proctor at the end of the assessment.
  • Once the verbal instructions are read, the proctor will unlock the assessment site, and you can log in and take the tutorial.
  • Once the assessment begins, you'll need to acknowledge (electronically) the non-disclosure agreement. Read before signing.
  • Begin the assessment.


  • You'll be allowed to take brief washroom breaks; you'll need to let the proctor know before leaving the assessment room.
  • The proctor will mark down the time you leave and the time you return, and you will be asked to acknowledge your bathroom break by initialling the in/out report.  ​​

When you finish​​

  • When you're done, you can collect your belongings from the secure storage area.
  • Please leave quietly in consideration of other test takers​.  ​