OEBC Exam Study Guide now Available

March 4, 2021

OEBC Exam Study Guide provides insights that may help you sit for the next administration of the OEBC exam and become a better optometrist overall. The exam blueprint derived from optometrists’ entry-to-practice competencies informs the exam curriculum.

The exam has two components:

  • a case-based assessment is delivered via a computer using either remote proctoring or a testing pod, consisting of multiple-choice questions based on different case scenarios.
  • an objective structured clinical evaluation (OSCE), delivered in a clinical setting. For this type of exam, you need to construct the appropriate response.

In general, candidates do an excellent job preparing for the case-based component; like many of the exams you have taken over the years, it measures your knowledge.

However, the OSCE component is a different type of exam. It focuses on “where you are going.” So, your preparation needs to be significantly different. The OSCE is patient-centric and requires you to construct your response based on case data and the information you extract from the patient and effectively communicate your solution/advice in layperson terms to the patient. (your competence)

La version française guide d’étude pour l’examen du BEOC

About the Optometry Examining Board of Canada

Founded in 1995, the Optometry Examining Board of Canada develops and administers a common examination on behalf of the provincial optometric regulatory bodies — its members.  The organization delivers a psychometrically valid and defensible assessment to demonstrate entry-to-practice competence in optometry in Canada. Its bilingual examinations are developed and administrated by the profession and for the profession.