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Vocational Nursing Exam |  Correction time is twice as long as expected

Vocational Nursing Exam | Correction time is twice as long as expected

Nursing students must be patient: The OIIQ will take 12 weeks, instead of 6, to score a professional exam taken at the end of March. This exam, which consists only of multiple choice questions, had a high failure rate last September.


“We are waiting and do not understand, because the command does not want to tell us why the correction time is so long as three months. They say it is because of the commissioner’s investigation, but how does the investigation increase the correction period to three months?

Nearly half of the nursing students (48.6%) who took the exam for the first time last September failed.

Professions Admission Commissioner a.H Andre Gariepy, has been tasked with investigating the reasons for this disproportionate failure rate. Case is still ongoing.

“Given the investigative commissioner’s approach with regard to screening, the Order wishes to act with caution and conduct additional checks with regard to the results of the March 2023 examination,” the FBI noted. Journalism. Thus, the marking period for the March exam has been reduced from 6 to 12 weeks.

The Quebec Nursing Students Association said it “appreciates the OIIQ’s work to ensure that the entrance exam to the profession is fair and equitable”, but “finds it unfortunate that this caution has consequences for the next generation of nurses”. Journalism Coralie Yrgo spokeswoman.

additional pressure on the network

Some students deplore the fact that this long correction time delays the arrival of new nurses into the health network. M explainsI please.

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The OIIQ recognizes that “the labor shortage context is particularly difficult for members of the nursing profession and the arrival of new graduates is eagerly awaited.”

However, the order states that graduates who have not yet passed the professional exam can practice nursing in the health sector as CEPI candidates provided they are under the supervision of a nurse.

Student union spokeswoman Coralie Yergo notes, however, that CEPIs’ salary is lower than that of nurses. “When you’re a CEPI, you’re talking about a salary of $23.49 an hour, while once you’re a tech nurse, it’s $25.81 and a baccalaureate, it’s $27.08 an hour. It’s still a huge difference that you have to wait three months.”

correction by machine

The Occupational Exam consists solely of multiple-choice questions and is graded by a machine, which reduces marking time, OIIQ noted in an article posted on its website in March 2018.

Correction requires “all the same human intervention”, one can read there. The machine is “a bit choppy” and “can’t read very dull shades of gray, badly scanned answers, two answers unchecked, etc.”

Each answer sheet is scanned twice and data is compared to ensure scan quality. Candidates exams close to the passing mark are subject to further verification.

Student Amelie Zoll hopes these extra six weeks of correction will benefit the candidates. “If it’s for our own good, I’m fine with the delay, the fact that there’s no explanation bothers me,” she says.

Students should receive their results at the end of June, rather than mid-May, as was the case in previous years. Those who fail can take it again in September. Candidates may take the test a maximum of three times.