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)
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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.