Praxis Exams for Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Applicants

Praxis Exams for Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Applicants2020-10-14T12:01:10-06:00

ACSLPA approves Praxis Exams:

  • 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. On September 11, 2020, the ACSLPA Registration Committee approved successful completion of the Praxis Exams for audiology and speech-language pathology as a requirement for registration.

ACSLPA’s Registration Committee approved the Praxis Exams, administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS), after a comprehensive suitability assessment process. See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below for more information about this process.

ACSLPA previously required successful completion of the Speech-Language & Audiology Canada (SAC) Certification Examination (SAC Exam) as a requirement for registration as a speech-language pathologist or audiologist in Alberta. In 2019, SAC announced that it would retire the SAC Exam and the last sitting was held in March 2020.

Effective immediately, the Praxis Exams replace the SAC certification exams for both professions. ACSLPA will review the decision to approve the Praxis Exams in one year.

ACSLPA will continue to accept SAC Exam results from audiology and speech-language pathology applicants obtained up to March 2020 provided results were obtained within the last three years.

As per section 7(2) of the Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists Profession Regulation, the Registration Committee may require applicants educated outside of a recognized accredited program to undergo any examinations, testing, assessment, training, or educational programs the Committee considers necessary. Further information regarding the application process and registration requirements is available in ACSLPA’s Registration Handbook available on the ACSLPA website.

Effective September 21/20, 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.

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

Praxis 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.

What other advantages are there to writing the Praxis Exams?2020-09-21T15:18:23-06:00
  • Praxis Exam results are recognized internationally.
  • Praxis Exams are widely available, including the ability to take them at home with monitoring from an online proctor (in Canada and the US), and ETS has implemented special measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Fees for Praxis Exams are low cost – approximately $175 CAD.
  • ETS offers ample preparation materials and practice exams.
Why didn’t ACSLPA approve the new CETP Exam as an entry-to-practice exam?2020-09-21T11:12:14-06:00

ACSLPA considered the CETP Exam, but the College has ongoing concerns about the launch of a new onsite only exam during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other administrative concerns. At this time there is insufficient information available about the CETP Exam for ACSLPA to conduct a thorough assessment. The Registration Committee will continue to monitor development of the CETP Exam and reconsider approval of the exam within one year.

How will writing a Praxis Exam affect my future ability to work in other provinces?2020-09-21T11:15:02-06:00

Writing a Praxis 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). 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?2020-09-21T11:11:20-06:00

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?2020-09-21T11:14:17-06:00

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?2020-09-21T11:20:11-06:00

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 this is a new exam, you can make three attempts at this exam, regardless of the number of prior unsuccessful attempts on the SAC exam, as long as you complete the attempts within the original timeframe. The Praxis Exams can be attempted every 35 days as per ETS policies and so it is possible to make multiple attempts within a relatively short timeline.

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