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Preparing for the Examination

The purpose of qualification examinations is to determine whether you have achieved the level of competence targeted by the qualification program. If you pass the exam, you can obtain a certificate of qualification.

Examination procedure
  • To find out about the qualification exam that you have to take, see the information sheet (examination timeframe, sample questions, etc.) on the web page of the qualification in question.
  • The questions focus on situations that can arise in your work environment. They are often multiple choice.
  • In some cases you are given a technical document (e.g., a plumber’s manual) at the start of the exam.
  • Qualification exams are generally held at an examination center determined by Emploi-Québec.
  • The notice to attend indicates the location of the exam and reminds you that you have to show a piece of photo ID in order to take the exam.
  • A passing grade confirms that you master the skills described in the apprenticeship guide.
How to get ready for the exam

The exam covers the content of your apprenticeship guide for the target qualification. In preparing for the exam, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Draw up a detailed study schedule, based on the material you need to review.
  • Reread your apprenticeship guide. Review the deployment sequence for each qualification element and make sure you understand it. The apprenticeship guide contains a list of the qualification elements for your trade, the tasks you need to master and the knowledge you need to acquire.
  • Read the technical standards (electrical, pipe fitting or gas code, etc.). To qualify for certain trades you need to be familiar with these documents and be able to use them in carrying out your work.
  • Consult the reference material listed in your apprenticeship guide or on the exam information sheet. It will increase your understanding.
What happens during the exam?
  • You will be given an examination booklet and an answer sheet.
  • The examination booklet explains how to complete the answer sheet. Read the instructions carefully.
  • Take note of the number of questions on the exam and allocate your time accordingly. For example, if the there are 50 exam questions and the exam lasts 3 hours (180 minutes), you have an average of 4 minutes to answer each question.
  • Read the question and decide how to answer it before reading the multiple choice answers. This will avoid useless confusion. If you can't think of an answer, read the multiple choice answers and proceed by elimination.
  • Avoid wasting time on a question if you don't know the answer. Go on to the next question and come back later to the problem question. Otherwise, you may run out of time to answer the easier questions.
  • Make sure that each of your answers corresponds to the question number, especially if you come back to a question that you initially left unanswered.
  • Answer all of the questions. Points for wrong answers will not be subtracted from your points for right answers.
Coping with stress

It's normal to feel some stress during the exam. The best way to limit stress is to be well prepared for the exam.

  • Avoid going through all of the material just before the exam.
  • Relax. Do what you normally do the day before the exam and get a good night's sleep.
  • Leave yourself enough time to get to the exam location without having to worry about getting stuck in traffic.
  • Read all of the instructions carefully before starting the exam.
  • Stay positive. Concentrate on what you know, not what you don't know.
  • Focus on one question at a time and stay calm. If you don't know the answer to a question, go on to the next one.
You can have a second chance

If you fail the exam, you can take a make-up exam within the predetermined timeframe. You will be sent a notice detailing your examination results by topic (i.e., qualification element). To prepare for the make-up exam, concentrate on the topics that cause you the most problems. Avoid over-thinking about questions that you answered correctly during the previous exam.

No cheating!

If you make a false declaration or are guilty of plagiarism, cheating or unruly behaviour during the exam or participate in such behaviour, your exam could be nullified. Reproducing the content of an exam and leaving the room with a copy of the exam booklet are also prohibited.

Enrolment fee

You have to pay a fee to enrol in a qualification exam. For details, see the fee information: Current fees (PDF, 123 KB).