General Information

NOTCE Format

The National Occupational Therapy Certification Examination (NOTCE) format is as follows:  

  • Paper 1 is held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
  • Paper 2 is held from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
  • The total exam consists of approximately 40 case studies with 200 related questions.
  • The exam questions are selected according to the examination blueprint.
  • The exam is in a multiple-choice format.
  • Scoring is one (1) mark for a correct answer; zero (0) for incorrect answer.
  • The number of correct items needed to pass varies slightly for each exam sitting. In order to achieve a passing score of 290, the pass mark (near 70%) is based on criterion referencing. The results are not bell curved.
  • Exam results are released by mail 6-8 weeks after the written date.

It is strongly recommended that you read the NOTCE Resource Manual to learn about the development of the exam, view the blueprint and obtain a list of helpful resources to prepare for the exam.

Exam Attempts

Exam candidates have three attempts to pass the NOTCE. After three attempts, candidates will no longer be eligible to write the NOTCE.


The NOTCE is offered in either one of Canada's two official languages. Candidates must indicate their choice of either English or French at the time of registration. Plain language is used to reflect a national audience.

Special Accommodations

Special accommodations for the NOTCE are granted upon request. Candidates will require to submit an application form within the specific timelines to ensure they secure the needed accommodations. Supporting documentation will be required for every request.

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