How the professional examination is prepared

How is the examination translated?

The translation of the examination into English is a rigorous four-part process.

How is the pass mark determined?

The Angoff method is used to determine the pass mark, a recognized method for assessing competencies. It calls for the collaboration of a committee of teachers and professors from basic nursing programs, and makes it possible to take the level of difficulty of the examination into account.

The pass mark of 55% is the threshold for determining whether a candidate is qualified to practise nursing. 

Are regional differences among work environments considered when preparing the examination?

The examination is intended to assess the competencies of novice nurses. The questions on the examination must allow us to determine whether you are qualified to practise the profession, regardless of the region where you work. This is why we avoid including aspects specific to a certain region in questions. The various examination committees consist of individuals from different regions of Quebec. 

How can I be involved in preparing the next professional examination?

To sit on the examination development committee, you must have at least five years experience as a nurse. For more information, see the “Professional examination committees” section. If you are under age 30, you are invited to join your regional youth committee.

Who prepares the OIIQ professional examination?

The examination is developed by a committee of nurses from different care settings. For more information see the “Professional examination committees” section.

Will I be informed of the weighting of the questions during the examination?

The number of marks allocated is indicated next to each question in the examination booklets.

How are the questions weighted?

The weighting of the questions is decided by committees as the questions are being developed. Each clinical situation is worth 100 points and they are distributed depending on the relative importance of the aspects assessed in the situation.