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About the NPPE exam


Passing successfully the National Professional Practice Examination (NPPE exam) is one of the requirements to obtain a license to practice the engineering or geoscience professions in Canada. The NPPE exam tests knowledge of Ethics, Law, and Professional Practice in Canada.

The official NPPE exam in British Columbia (EGBC) includes:

  • A 2.5-hour multiple-choice-question exam: This comprises 110 questions with four alternative answers per question. Only 100 questions are considered on your score since the extra 10 are included only to test them for future use, though there is no way of identifying them. All the questions are based on the study materials recommended for the NPPE exam.
  • A 1 hour written essay: You can choose one out of three offered topics. Essays are graded based on ability to understand and address the topic, organization and even grammar.

The official NPPE exam in Ontario (PEO) includes:

  • A 3-hour multiple-choice-question exam: This comprises 120 questions with four alternative answers per question. 10 questions out of these 120 address the Act, Regulations, By-laws, and practices specifically followed in Ontario (PEO). All the remaining questions are based on the study materials recommended for the NPPE exam. However, only 110 out of the 120 questions are considered on your score since the extra 10 are included only to test them for future use, though there is no way of identifying them.

The official NPPE exam in all other Canadian provinces and territories includes:

  • A 2.5-hour multiple-choice-question exam: This comprises 110 questions with four alternative answers per question. Only 100 questions are considered on your score since the extra 10 are included only to test them for future use, though there is no way of identifying them. All the questions are based on the study materials recommended for the NPPE exam.

In all cases (all provinces and territories), the score of the multiple-choice-question exam is based on the number of questions correctly answered. There is only one correct answer per question and no penalty for incorrect answers. A statistically equated score of 65% minimum is needed to pass the exam. Please, refer to the NPPE Exam Candidate Guide of each provincial or territorial Association for more detailed information.

As it may be noticed then, the 110-multiple-choice-question exam is the same for all provinces and territories, including British Columbia (EGBC), but excluding Ontario (PEO) where it is a 120-multiple-choice-question exam. Accordingly, WPE Studio offers a set of 120-multiple-choice-question practice exams for Ontario (PEO) referred to as the "Ontario Series" and 110-multiple-choice-question practice exams for the rest of Canada (all other Associations) referred to as the "Rest-of-Canada Series."

Exam dates for the year 2022 (all the Associations):

# Exam Dates: Register by:
1 Jan 24-26 Dec 3
2 Apr 4-6 Feb 18
3 Jun 6-8 Apr 29
4 Aug 22-24 Jun 30
5 Nov 7-9 Sep 23