Entry-to-Practice Exams for Audiology & SLP Applicants

Entry-to-Practice Exams for Audiology & SLP Applicants2023-02-15T10:50:02-07:00

Entry-to-Practice Examination:

  • for audiology and speech-language pathology applicants from non-Canadian accredited programs, and
  • for members who have not practiced for a period greater than five years.

Applicants trained outside of a Canadian accredited program seeking to become a Registered Speech-Language Pathologist (R.SLP) or Audiologist (R.Aud) in Alberta must pass an approved entry-to-practice examination. Regulated members who have not practiced for a period greater than five years must also successfully complete an approved entry-to-practice examination.

The examinations currently approved by ACSLPA for registration are:

  • The Praxis Examinations for Audiology (Praxis exam 5343 – minimum pass score is currently set at 160) and Speech-Language Pathology (Praxis exam 5331- minimum pass score is currently set at 159);
  • The Canadian Entry-to-Practice (CETP) Examinations for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, administered by Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) (minimum pass scores are determined in conjunction with each sitting of the exam); and
  • The SAC Certification Examination for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology. The SAC exams were retired in March 2020; however, ACSLPA will accept results from past sittings provided results were obtained within 5 years of the application for registration.

ACSLPA’s Registration Committee approved the Praxis Exams, administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) in September 2020, after a comprehensive suitability assessment process. See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below for more information about this process and considerations related to use of an American exam in a Canadian context.

ACSLPA’s Registration Committee approved the CETP exams, administered by SAC in January 2022. The decision to approve these exams was based on updated exam information that was provided by the administrator (SAC), including improved examination policies and procedures and examination data obtained from the two initial sittings of the CETP Exams.

Comparative information regarding the Praxis and CETP Exams is provided below:

Praxis Exams CETP Exams
  • Results are recognized internationally.
  • Results are recognized across Canada.
  • Scheduled almost daily throughout the year.
  • Scheduled 3 times per year.
  • Can be written at exam centres across Canada, the USA and internationally, and taken at home via online proctoring in Canada and the US.
  • Can be written at select exam centers in Canada and can also be taken at home via online proctoring internationally as long as there is a stable internet connection.
  • Fee is approximately $175 CAD per attempt.
  • Fee is $1135 CAD per attempt.
  • Available in English.
  • Available in English and French.
  • ETS offers preparation materials and practice exams are available for a fee.
  • SAC offers preparation materials and sample exam questions are available.
  • ETS has accommodation policies for individuals who have unique test-taking requirements.
  • SAC has accommodation policies for individuals who have unique test-taking requirements.

Detailed information regarding ACSLPA’s application process and registration requirements, including information for non-practicing or archived regulated members who do not meet currency requirements is available in our Registration Handbook available on the ACSLPA website.

To access the ETS website to register for the Praxis Exams please click on the following link: https://www.ets.org/portal/site/iserpraxis/menuitem.97b5ae768b3cbd815cb7dd107beb1509

Additional information is also available at this website regarding exam availability, costs, etc. Registration instructions are available here.

To access information, including registration instructions, regarding the CETP exam administered by SAC, click on the following link:

Refer to the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below, for additional information regarding the entry to practice examinations.

Entry-to-Practice Exam FAQs

Who is ETS?2020-09-21T11:09:58-06:00

Educational Testing Service (ETS), is an experienced global leader in developing, administering, and scoring high-stakes entry-to-practice examinations, including the Praxis Exams for audiology and speech-language pathology that are written by thousands of applicants worldwide each year.

ETS is an American organization – will it be a problem for Alberta applicants to write the Praxis Exams, in terms of suitability?2020-09-21T15:21:59-06:00

No, this is not an issue for Alberta applicants. ACSLPA has conducted extensive due diligence to ensure suitability and fairness of the Praxis Exams. The process included assessing suitability with support from a psychometrician, cross referencing competency profiles that ACSLPA has accepted as core standards of practice with standards the Praxis Exams are based on, conducting score setting exercises with subject matter experts from each profession to determine appropriate Praxis passing scores for Canadian candidates, and other elements.

During the course of the exam you will encounter a small number of questions that touch on specific pieces of American legislation and/or professional practice concepts that are not relevant in the Canadian practice context (for example, questions might mention “Medicaid” or “Medicare”, or specific health insurance billing codes). While you are encouraged to do your best on all questions, the passing score for the exam has been adjusted by a panel of Canadian subject matter experts to ensure that you are not penalized for wrong answers on the questions that do not reflect Canadian legislation and/or professional practice concepts. Your knowledge of Alberta legislation and professional practice concepts will be demonstrated separately when you complete the jurisprudence component of your application process.

Who is SAC?2022-03-30T11:56:52-06:00

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) is the national association supporting and representing speech-language pathologists, audiologists and communication health assistants in Canada.  They are the administrator of the Canadian Entry-to-Practice (CETP) examinations in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.

How many attempts can one make to pass the entry-to-practice exam?2022-03-30T14:10:32-06:00

A maximum of three attempts at the exam will be allowed, after which a cooling off period of 6 months will be imposed during which the application will be placed on hold. You can make up to 3 attempts at the approved exams regardless of the exam or combination of exams you choose to attempt. For example, you attempt Exam A and fail on the first attempt. You have two remaining exam attempts. You can then attempt Exam B. Should you fail you now have one remaining exam attempt at either Exam A or Exam B.

The next examination result that will be considered for application must take place a minimum of 6 months from the date of the third consecutive failure. A 6 month cooling off period will be imposed for every subsequent failure to a maximum of two years from the date of the initial application, at which time the registration application will be denied.

Authorization of a fourth attempt at the entry exam without a cooling off period will be considered based on extenuating circumstances including illness, illness of an immediate family member, or sudden or unexpected changes to one’s personal circumstances. ACSLPA reserves the right to request verification in the form of a medical certificate or other supportive documentation as required.

Should it come to light that an applicant who passed the exam did so without following the prescribed attempt limits and cooling off periods, an additional period of supervised practice may be imposed by the Registration Committee for the purpose of confirming competence. This will be evaluated and documented on a case-by-case basis.

Does my choice of Exam affect my future ability to work in other provinces?2022-03-30T12:01:43-06:00

Writing either a Praxis Exam or the CEPT Exam should not affect your future ability to work in other provinces. While some provinces require the CETP Exam currently, all provinces and territories are signatories to the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) which allows for inter-provincial labour mobility. The CFTA requires that workers registered in a regulated occupation in one jurisdiction be able to work anywhere in Canada without significant additional training, experience, examinations, or assessment.

As a graduate of a Canadian accredited university training program in SLP or audiology, do I also have to write an exam to be eligible for registration with ACSLPA?2021-04-07T14:19:40-06:00

At this time, Alberta continues to await amendments to the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Profession Regulation (SLPAPR), which are required prior to the implementation of an entry-to-practice exam for all applicants (including Canadian trained individuals). Until further notice, successful completion of the CETP Exam or the Praxis Exam is NOT an ACSLPA requirement for applicants who have graduated from Canadian accredited university programs.

What about SLPs and audiologists who are already registered in another province in Canada-are we required to write an exam if we want to obtain registration in Alberta?2021-04-07T14:19:54-06:00

As per inter-provincial mobility agreements, applicants to Alberta who are currently registered in good standing with another provincial SLP/Audiology regulatory body in Canada (BC, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, NL, NS) will NOT be required to write the CETP or the Praxis Exams.

How does this affect me if I have previously attempted the SAC Clinical Certification Exam and was unsuccessful?2022-03-30T14:12:25-06:00

Individuals were typically allowed up to three attempts at the SAC Exam and were given a two-year timeframe in which to complete their registration. As the Praxis and the CETP are new exams, if you submit a new application and the Registration Committee approves it, you can make three regular attempts at the approved exams, regardless of the exam or combination of exams you choose to attempt. For example, you attempt Exam A and fail on the first attempt. You have two remaining exam attempts. You can then attempt Exam B. Should you fail you now have one remaining exam attempt at either Exam A or Exam B. All exam attempts must be completed within the original timeframe.


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