Please Note: Independent, private organizations may offer NCAS preparation courses. NCAS has not reviewed, approved or endorsed any of these programmes, and cannot attest as to whether or not they will help your performance on the NCAS assessment.
email confirmation of your sche-duled appointment
one form of non-expired, government-issued, photo- and signature-bearing ID
Note: If one piece of ID does not have your name, photo and signature, you may present two pieces of non-expired, government-issued ID that together demonstrate all three requirements.
Acceptable forms of primary ID include:
Acceptable forms of secondary ID include:
Candidates are encouraged to bring as few personal belongings as possible.
The CBA is administered by Prometric at their testing centres across Canada and in many locations around the world. You can choose a testing centre nearest you when scheduling your CBA.
You must show up 30 minutes in advance of your scheduled appointment at a Prometric Testing Centre. Please click here for information on Prometric's Test Centre policies during COVID-19.
The CBA is made up of unfolding cases that take you through the step-by-step process of clinical thinking and decision making. The cases are developed to unfold over a single work shift, a couple of days or several weeks. There are approximately 20 scenarios, each accompanied by approximately five questions – so the entire assessment consists of approximately 100 questions. There is a mix of multiple-choice and multiple-select questions on CBA.
Multiple-choice questions have four options, only one of which is correct.
Multiple-select questions have six answer options, three of which are correct. The multiple-select questions will always prompt you to select the three best actions for a health care professional to take in the situation that the scenario describes.
Please read the questions carefully because once you have moved to the next question you will not be able to return and change your answer.
IMPORTANT NOTE:You will be given 15 minutes to complete a brief tutorial prior to starting the Computer Based Assessment (CBA). This time is NOT included in the actual assessment time and is meant to orient you to Prometric's computer testing environment. For example, you will be instructed on how to use the mouse and the different parts of the screen. If you have ti me remaining at the end of the 15-minute tutorial, you may repeat the tutorial by clicking on the "Previous" button. You may also revisit the tutorial after your assessment has started by clicking the "Previous" button. However, if you choose to go back to the tutorial AFTER the assessment has started, any additional time spent on the tutorial will be taken away from your actual assessment time.