The 2020 exam dates for the National Professional Practice Exam (NPPE) are as follows:
- February 3-5, 2020
- April 6-8, 2020
- June 8-10, 2020
- September 14-16, 2020
- November 23-25, 2020
Applying can be done through APEGAs members service area or your Association's website.
NPPE registration must be approved by your association before you can register. While most applicants have to write the NPPE in order to obtain a licence, you may be exempt for certain reasons – such as you have passed the PPE in another province or you are reinstating your licence. When you have received the green light from your association, applying for the NPPE can be done through APEGAs members service area or your Association's website.
Which 2020 NPPE exam date is best for you?
This is a highly personal question and it depends on a few things. When is your busiest time of year at work and at home? Do you have more free time over the holiday (e.g. x-mas break) or in the summer? By giving yourself about 5 weeks of studying prior to the exam, you should be able to pick an exam sitting that works for you.
Who is the NPPE For?
It is for those who want to obtain their Foreign or Professional License. It is a necessary step that tests your English skills and ability to make a good judgment on situational questions. The questions are drawn from a number of reading materials that you can purchase in your study kit. The kit contains reading material including a Law textbook, Ethics textbook, Engineering Act, by-laws and intellectual property white papers.
APEGA has provided 8 sample questions at the bottom of this page. Readers may find the 2-line questions too short and not reflective of the current exam questions that are expected to be harder, longer and situational. Our NPPE Pro Online Course contains over 200 sample questions that are continually updated to challenge aspiring engineers and simulate the exam difficulty.
Let's now look at a sample question taken from the Pro Course.
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NPPE Sample Question
What makes this a suitable challenging question are a few things.
- It is long enough to consume some time. You only have 2.5 hours to write 110 questions, so the longer the questions are, the more challenging they become.
- Each option looks like a good one at first glance. Expect all options to be plausible, where you have to hunt for the best one.
- It is based on a situation. By personalizing the question, using Kenny in this example, you immediately imagine the situation from his perspective.
- It tests more than one thing. Here, you are tested on your knowledge about unions, as well how to apply them to Kenny's situation. This application is what you can expect to find on the exam.
Now let's look at item #4 above. It talks about what you are tested on. Good multiple choice question (MCQ) exams, such as the NPPE for aspiring engineers, will use a mixture of thinking skills. Shown below is Bloom's Taxonomy, which describes different levels of thinking skills.
The bottom 4 (Remembering, Understanding, Applying and Analyzing) can be tested on an MCQ test, whereas Evaluating and Creating thinking skills can't. So you're left with a mixture of the lower 4 types. The question above tests your understanding of unions and the application of it. So levels 2 and 3.
A good challenging exam will have 70% or more of the MCQs at the level 3 and 4, and the rest at level 1 or 2. So as you prepare for your exam, don't just read and memorize concepts (level 1). I encourage you to
- Read the case studies
- Ask yourself - How could (insert term) affect me in my career? What situation could I see myself in regarding (insert term)?
By thinking and discussing the terms, instead of just reading them, you're practising your application and analyzing skills (level 3 and 4).
Now for the answer. I would like to challenge you to read pg. 237 in your Ethics textbook (5th edition) to find out the best option. Once you know, let others know what you think the answer is in the comments below.
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