In April 2020, PEO adopted the national professional practice exam (NPPE) as a permanent solution to the law and ethics licensing step. This post will cover some aspects that are important to know about your PEO NPPE.
Advantages of the NPPE (sometimes called PEO NPPE)
The NPPE has two distinct advantages over the now-retired PPE:
- It gives applicants the ability to take the exam when social distancing measures are in place. This means virtual proctoring is permitted. What is virtual proctoring? It is a way for the candidate to write the PEO NPPE at a suitable location such as your workplace as long as a P.Eng., P.Geo., or P.Geoph. proctor has been identified.
- The NPPE results are also subject to psychometric analysis and reporting.
By migrating to the NPPE, PEO also complied with a recommendation from a 2019 independent audit on its regulatory performance. See item 4.21 in this report if you're interested in learning about what problem the auditor had with the retired PPE.
Main Differences between the retired PPE and the NPPE
Here are the main differences between the NPPE and the retired PPE for PEO exam writers:
- NPPE is all multiple-choice (instead of short- and long-answers)
- NPPE is computer-based (instead of pen and paper)
- NPPE is 3 hours long (this is no change)
- NPPE has a specific syllabus that covers 6 main categories and questions that apply to most jurisdictions in Canada. Then, a 7th topic is included which includes 10 PEO-specific questions.
- NPPE doesn't release old exam questions (where PEO did publish some of its old PPE papers)
- The NPPE uses the same ethics textbook (by Andrews), but for the law book, it uses a book called Practical Law of Architecture, engineering and Geoscience (by Samuel and Sanders). We don't recommend the Marston law book since it doesn't align as well as the Samuel/Sanders book.
When is the NPPE offered?
Unlike PEOs PPE that was offered just 3 times a year, the NPPE has a total of 5 sittings. For 2021, the sittings are:
- January 25–27, 2021
- April 12–14, 2021
- June 14–16, 2021
- August 30 –September 1, 2021
- November 8–10, 2021
You'll want to make sure that you have registered with PEO first. Once you do that, they will notify you when you are eligible for an NPPE sitting. We have written about some NPPE Exam strategies for you to consider.
What is covered in the ten PEO NPPE questions?
Preparing for the PEO NPPE is similar for NPPE. In fact, PEO NPPE writers will see the same 110 NPPE questions. However, 10 additional PEO-specific questions are inserted in, making the total 120. These ten additional questions will test your knowledge on three topics as mentioned by PEO:
To get to know these topics, you can use the links above. For the third bullet, you can scan PEOs website and look at FAQ pages to get a sense of the issues and questions people commonly ask about.
For students of our NPPE Course, in addition to the 500 NPPE practice questions, we provide 30-specific PEO questions to test you on those three bullets. We also have a comprehensive mind map (screenshot below) that shows this material visually.
Mind maps are a really handy study tool and we talk about them a little more in our NPPE Exam post.
How to Prepare for the PEO NPPE
There are two methods to prepare for this exam:
- Self-study + buy the 2 textbooks. This will take you the longest as you'll want to develop your own crib sheets, practice questions, study plan and organize the information on your own. Most aspiring engineers trying to balance work and family commitments will find it difficult to find 2-3 hours/day over 8-weeks to learn all the information on their own.
- Use an NPPE Prep Course (textbooks are optional). Using a trusted prep course and cut your effort in half. Priced at around $200, it is an excellent value for the pain and sweat you will incur while trying to study on your own. Here at Practice PPE Exams, we've developed a comprehensive NPPE Course that gives you 6-months of unlimited access to 500 practice questions, over 3 hours of syllabus presentation materials, flashcards, 10 mind maps, a study checklist and much more. With this option, give yourself 4-6 weeks and 1-2 hours per day of study. The textbooks are optional since we provide links to trustworthy URLs in our course to cover the materials. However, if you still want to buy the textbooks, we provide page and section numbers to direct to for further reading.
Please let us know in the comments below if you have any questions about the NPPE. We also invite you to download our free NPPE cheat sheet below. Enjoy!
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