In April 2020, PEO adopted the national professional practice exam (NPPE) as a permanent solution to the law and ethics licensing step.
Advantages of the 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 for the June 8-10, 2020 sitting. 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.
Here are the main differences between the NPPE and the retired PPE for exam writers:
- NPPE is all multiple-choice (instead of short- and long-answers)
- NPPE is computer-based (instead of pen and paper)
- NPPE is 2.5 hours long (instead of 3 hours)
- NPPE has a specific syllabus that covers 6 main categories and questions apply to most jurisdictions in Canada. The PPE had a large component that was based around PEOs specific processes.
- 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 recommend you order both for the study of the exam.
When is the NPPE offered
Unlike PEOs PPE that was offered just 3 times a year, the NPPE has a total of 5 sittings. They are in late January (or early February), April, June, September and November. Here are the remaining NPPE sittings in 2020:
- June 8-10, 2020
- September 14-16, 2020
- November 23-25, 2020
How to Prepare for the 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 + buy the 2 textbooks. 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 Pro Prep Course that gives you 6-months of unlimited access to 500 practice questions, over 3 hours of syllabus presentation materials, flashcards, a cheat sheet, study checklist and much more. With this option, give yourself 4-6 weeks and 1-2 hours per day of study.
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!