Everything you need to know about what to do if you fail the professional examination.
Three situations may lead to a failing mark:
- you did not attain a pass mark on the examination;
- you did not register for the examination;
- you did not report for the examination.
If you fail the professional examination
- You are entitled to take it two more times. You must do so within two years of the first examination session after you graduated or obtained your equivalence.
- You must register for the professional examination whenever you are notified.
Grounds for cancelling a failure
If you fail the examination, you may have your failure cancelled if you are in one of the following situations:
- Failure due to result
This situation concerns your medical condition. You must prove to the Order’s satisfaction that your physical or mental state at the time of the examination was such that you could not pass the examination. The supporting document must confirm that you were in this state on the date of the examination.
Failure to register for or to report to the examination
You must prove to the Order’s satisfaction that your failure to register for or report to the examination was justified by one of the following situations:
- death of your father, mother, child or spouse;
- a health problem concerning you making you unable to register for or report to the examination;
- unavoidable circumstances, i.e. a serious, unforeseeable and unavoidable event beyond your control.
Depending on your situation, you must provide:
- a birth certificate;
- a death certificate accompanied by proof of your family relationship (a birth or marriage certificate);
- a medical certificate proving that you were unable to register for the professional examination. This medical certificate must confirm your medical condition during the registration period;
- a medical certificate proving that you were unable to report to the professional examination. This medical certificate must confirm your medical condition on the day of or the days preceding the examination;
- any other relevant document.
- Equivalence granted less than 90 days before the date of the examination
If you obtained your diploma outside Quebec and were granted equivalence less than 90 days before the date of the professional examination, you are allowed not to register for the professional examination.
- If you are completing a DEC-BAC program:
You may skip the first session of the professional examination after obtaining your CEGEP diploma if you take at least 12 course credits for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree as part of the DEC-BAC integrated training program. However, keep in mind that the exercise of nursing activities during a DEC-BAC internship requires a licence to practise AND a valid registration on the OIIQ Roll. Please check the admission requirements of your educational institution for any restrictions that apply.
You will be required to provide a certificate from your educational institution regarding your enrolment in the DEC-BAC program. In addition, you must register for the next session of the professional examination.
Procedure for requesting the cancellation of a failure
You will receive an email specifying the nature of your failure and the information you will need to request the cancellation of your failure.
To do so, you must:
Complete the Request for cancellation of a failure on the professional examination form, which you received with your results on the professional examination. Attach the documents supporting your request.
Your request for cancellation of a failure on the professional examination must reach the Order no later than 60 days after:
- the date you received your failing mark due to not being registered, if you did not register for the examination;
- the date you received your failing mark due to being absent, if you did not report to the examination;
- the date you received your failing mark, if you sat the examination and did not pass.
Applying for a review of your results
Since the examination is comprised entirely of multiple choice questions and the answers appear in a grid, which is corrected electronically, it is not possible to request a review of the examination result, as no interpretation of the answers is performed. Each answer sheet is scanned twice, and the captured data is compared to ensure the quality of the scan.
Refund of registration fees
If you paid your fees to register for the examination, but could not report to the examination for reasons considered valid, your registration fees will be refunded (less the administration costs incurred by the Order).
No refund will be given if you sat the examination, even if you subsequently had your failure cancelled.
Conditions for the review of marks and cancellation of a failure are provided in the Regulation respecting the terms and conditions for the issue of permits by the Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (CQLR, c. I-8, r. 7.01).