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A licence is a permit granted by WPE Studio to use our exam simulation software. Therefore, to use our practice NPPE exams, you need to purchase a licence. Currently, we offer three licences:

  • “NPPE: 1 Exam” which gives you the right to use 1 of our practice exams
  • “NPPE: 2 Exams” which gives you the right to use 2 of our practice exams
  • “NPPE: 3 Exams” which gives you the right to use 3 of our practice exams

To purchase a licence, click the LICENCES menu where you can choose any of the licences on offer.

NOTE: Our licences do not differentiate among exams at the moment. Once you purchase any of the licences, you can activate the one, two or three exams of your choice.

Once you purchase a licence, click twice the "MY_EXAMS" menu and activate as many of the exams as your licence is valid for. Once your exams are active, you can start using any of them. Just click the start button of a specific exam.

NOTE: Despite their names, all of our exams in each series are equivalent in content, depth, and difficulty. Currently, you can only purchase one licence. If you need an upgrade, please contact us.

A licence will last for 90 days and will give you the ability to use the exams as many times as you need from up to two devices (PCs, laptops, tablets, phones). The software will prompt you to register your devices. A registered device cannot be changed, so think before registering one.

Yes, WPE Studio offers a money-back guarantee if you fail the multiple-choice-question part of the NPPE exam. (This is due to the nature of the digital content.) Alternatively, it offers an option for a free renewal of your licence.

Yes, if you buy a licence for a number of practice exams, you can upgrade it to a licence for a larger number of exams if these are offered. However, the process will be manual and you will need to contact the administration to do so.

No. The system is currently set so that each user can only buy one licence. However, if you need more than one licence, it is probably because you need to get access to more exams. If that is the case, the appropriate route is to contact the administration for an upgrade.

Our three full-length practice NPPE exams for the province of Ontario (PEO) are:

  1. PEO-NPPE-01
  2. PEO-NPPE-02
  3. PEO-NPPE-03

Each of these three full-length exams contains 120 questions and follows the format of the official NPPE exam for the province of Ontario (PEO). These three exams together are referred to as the "Ontario Series."

Our three full-length practice NPPE exams for all the other provinces and territories of Canada, except for Ontario (PEO), are:

  1. NPPE-01
  2. NPPE-02
  3. NPPE-03

Each of these three full-length exams contains 110 questions and follows the format of the official NPPE exam for the rest of Canada. These three exams together are referred to as the "Rest-of-Canada Series."

NOTE: As explained in the LICENCES section, you can purchase a licence to access a) any one of the six exams, b) any two of the six exams, or c) any three of the six exams. You have the choice in all three cases, and can even mix exams in different series. However, since the NPPE exam for the province of Ontario (PEO) contains a number of questions that are specific for this province, which may not be relevant for the rest of Canada, it is advisable to stick to the exams in the series that correspond to your province or territory.

Rest-of-Canada Series:

All three practice NPPE exams of this series contain 110 questions, each with four answer choices but only one correct answer. The number of questions per area in each exam follows the distribution implied in the National Professional Practice Exam Syllabus and is as follows:

  1. PROFESSIONALISM (7 – 10 percent)
  2. ETHICS (17 – 21 percent)
  3. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (27 – 32 percent)
  4. LAW FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (23 – 28 percent)
  5. PROFESSIONAL LAW (7 – 10 percent)
  6. REGULATION OF MEMBERS & DISCIPLINE PROCESSES (7 – 10 percent)

Just as in the official NPPE exam, the duration is set to 2.5 hours. Also, the questions are scored zero (0) if incorrect or not-answered, and one (1) if correct. There is no penalty for incorrect answers, so it is best not to leave a blank question: guess if you do not know the answer.

NOTE: The official NPPE exam marks only 100 out of the 110 questions as 10 of them are included only to be tested for use in future versions of the NPPE exam. However, since WPE Studio provides feedback on all 110 questions, it took the practical approach to mark all of them, so your score will reflect your performance on all the questions without exception.

Ontario Series:

All three practice NPPE exams of this series contain 120 questions, each with four answer-choices but only one correct answer. Two groups of questions are differentiated:

Group A: 110 questions that follow the National Professional Practice Exam Syllabus where the number of questions per area in each exam are distributed as follows (percentages based on 110 questions):

  1. PROFESSIONALISM (7 – 10 percent)
  2. ETHICS (17 – 21 percent)
  3. PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (27 – 32 percent)
  4. LAW FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (23 – 28 percent)
  5. PROFESSIONAL LAW (7 – 10 percent)
  6. REGULATION OF MEMBERS & DISCIPLINE PROCESSES (7 – 10 percent)

Group B: 10 questions that address the Act, Regulations, By-Laws and practices specific to Ontario-PEO:

  1. ONTARIO-PEO SPECIFIC (10 questions)

Just as in the official NPPE exam for PEO, the duration is set to 3 hours. Also, the questions are scored zero (0) if incorrect or not-answered, and one (1) if correct. There is no penalty for incorrect answers, so it is best not to leave a blank question: guess if you do not know the answer.

NOTE: The official Ontario-PEO NPPE exam marks only 110 out of the 120 questions as 10 of them are included only to be tested for use in future versions of the NPPE exam. However, since WPE Studio provides feedback on all 120 questions, it took the practical approach to mark all of them, so your score will reflect your performance on all the questions without exception. (Your detailed score will consider the Ontario-PEO specific questions as one further area of the exam: the seventh as numbered above.)

No, all questions in one exam of a series are different from the questions on the other exams of the same series, i.e., no question is repeated, though there may be questions that test the same concept in different exams and the theoretical explanations may be similar.

No, the three exams of either series are equivalent in content, depth, and difficulty. However, as explained above, all the questions in different exams of a series are different.

If your objective is to master the concepts of the NPPE, rather than just pass the NPPE exam, the best strategy would be to read the book "Engineering & Geoscience NPPE - Law and Ethics" published by WPE Studio and try at least two full-length practice exams or the three of either series for best results. The book and the practice exams are designed to work together and reinforce each other. If you do it this way, passing the NPPE will just be a byproduct.

Since you will be a Professional Engineer or Geoscientist, this is the most rational approach towards the NPPE exam as during your professional career you will need a good command of these concepts and the objective of WPE Studio is exactly that: to help you master these concepts.

The time you will need to master those concepts will amount to the time it takes you to read a 240 pages book, plus the time you would need to take and review the two or three full-length practice examinations.

Yes, they are suitable to prepare for all of them that require passing the NPPE exam. However, after you purchase you licence, make sure you activate exams in the series that correspond to your province/territory.

NOTE: EGBC not only includes a multiple-choice-question part in its official NPPE exam, but also a written essay. Therefore, if you are involved with EGBC, make sure you also hone your skills at writing essays as you will be tested on your abilities both to understand written content and to organize and communicate your ideas about a randomly selected topic related to the practice of engineering/geoscience. Grammar may also be tested.

Yes, you do. When you start an exam, the software will prompt you to choose between two options: the default "Timer" or the alternative "Practice Mode."

If you chose the "Timer" option, the software will simulate exam conditions. This means that the exam will be timed and will end and automatically be submitted for marking at the exact duration set for the exam unless you submit it before the set duration.

If you chose the "Practice Mode," the exam will not be timed. Therefore, once you believe you completed the exam, you will need to press the "Options" dropdown and choose “Submit” for the exam to be marked.

At any one point, if the software finds that you answered all the questions, a pop-up may also prompt you to submit your exam.

Yes, your exam is marked immediately and the software will show you a detailed report where you will see your score, a pie chart with the correct, incorrect, and not-answered questions, a question index for review, one bar chart with your scores-per-area, another bar chart with the time you took in each area, and finally the time you took to answer each question.

Yes, the report will show you a question index (i.e., a matrix with the question numbers.) Each question will be colored green, red, or gray if your answers were correct, incorrect, or not answered. If you click any question on the index, you will enter "Review Mode".

Click any question number and the software will lead you to that question where you can see your answer marked with a blue border.

If your answer is incorrect, then, apart from the blue border, your answer will also be highlighted in red and the correct answer will be highlighted in green.

If your answer is correct, then, apart from the blue border, your answer will also be highlighted in green.

Just as during the exam, you can navigate to the next or previous question with the corresponding buttons, or you can press the "Index" button which will lead you back to the question index where you can pick any other question you want to review. (If you only want to review your incorrect answers, you may prefer going back to the question index.)

Once you complete your review, click the Finish checkbox to exit Review Mode.

Yes, when you are in Review Mode, each question will show on the top right-hand side of the screen an "Explanation" button. If you press it, the theoretical explanation you are looking for will pop up.

Yes, the top band and footer of the webpage will show a menu that reads "Reports". If you click it, the software will lead you to the Report Section where you will find the reports you saw at the end of each exam plus some statistical information. However, you cannot go back to "Review Mode" as the question index will no longer be shown.

Yes, you can track your performance in two ways:

  • First, when you start the exam, you can choose to have a visible progress bar. It will show you the percentage of the questions you have answered at any point in time.
  • Second, you can press the Index button at any time. Since you are in Exam Mode, the matrix of questions will show the questions you answered highlighted in blue and the questions which are still blank in grey.

NOTE 1: If during the exam you are not sure about your answer to a particular question, you can mark it by clicking the Mark/Unmark button. Questions that are marked (whether answered or unanswered) will appear with a red mark in the Index matrix.

NOTE 2: It is best practice to have a guess and mark an answered question rather than just mark an unanswered question. If time does not play in your favor and you cannot return to review your answer, the question will have an answer. Remember, there is no penalty for incorrect answers.

Yes, as long as you have an electronic device that has an internet connection, a browser, and can connect to our website. Remember however that you can only use the exams from up to two devices.

No, that is not possible as the software needs to constantly transfer data from the frontend to the backend and vice versa for it to work properly.

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