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Digital Exam using ExamSoft

As of 2022, the ECVP Exam will be progressively delivered digitally using the ExamSoft platform.

The schedule for moving the different sections into digital format is as follows :

2022 2023 2024
Histopathology  Paper Paper Digital
Gross Pathology  Paper Paper Digital
General Pathology Digital Digital Digital
Veterinary Pathology  Paper Digital Digital
Comprehensive Pathology  Paper  Paper Digital

Of note, regarding Histopathology, only the description will be performed digitally. Glass slides and standard microscopes remain. There will be no use of virtual slides. For Gross Pathology, images will be projected in the room using a beamer.

The exam content (scope of knowledge), structure (sections and timings) and question formats (multiple choice questions, short answer questions…) are unchanged. Also, unless otherwise instructed, the exam, even if partly or fully digital, is planned to take place in one single location.

ExamSoft is intuitive and self-explanatory. There should be no issue in using it. We are trying with this information to be as clear as possible. May you find some missing or unclear information, please let us know at admin@ecvpath.org

Few words on ExamSoft

ExamSoft is a digital exam platform. Examplify is the application used to download, take and upload an exam. Prior to taking an exam, candidates download the exam package made available (Internet connection required). The content of the exam package is secured and accessible only by entering a password which will be delivered at the exam. When taking an exam, security is obtained by disactivating any internet connection and any access to other software installed on the computer. Upon completion, the candidate uploads the completed exam package back onto the ExamSoft platform (WiFi required) for correction by Exam Committee members.

Computer

Candidates will have to use their own computer to take the exam. This allows candidates to get familiar with the use of the system prior to taking the exam and will avoid any issue in not being used to the computer provided (foreign keyboard for instance). Minimum system requirements are available here. Examplify works with most modern computers, both Mac and Windows operating systems. Examplify will not run on Chromebooks, Android, or Linux operating systems. Examplify does not support touchscreen input devices on Mac or Windows laptops. We advise you take a mouse since we observed some touchpads were inactivated by Examplify. This last point can be tested prior to the exam during the set up phase.

Candidate preparation

For candidates to be proficient in using the digital platform, upon acceptance of their application to the exam, the following process will take place:

  • Candidates will receive a briefing package containing guides available here:
  • A webinar will be organized with all candidates in order to present the necessary information which is also available here.
  • In December prior to taking the exam, candidates will be invited to set up their system. They will be prompted to activate their account and download and activate Examplify (the software used to take the exam). Then, a test in similar format to the exam will be made available and executed remotely to confirm set-up.
  • Systematic individual feedback will be required and dedicated troubleshooting sessions will be organized for candidates who did not successfully manage to set up.
At the exam

Candidates will take their own computer (and mouse) to the exam location. Candidates will be seated in a common room and computers will be allowed only for those sections delivered digitally. The exam package will be made available for download few days prior to the exam date. Exam package download by candidates onto their computer is expected prior to the start of the section. The password will be given in the common room by a member of the Exam Committee. Candidates will take the exam and upload their completed exam once finished. Draft paper will be made available even if the section is delivered digitally.

Tips – Answering SAQs

In most SAQs formats, you are typically asked to give multiple answers (open text or chosen from a list). In such case, the question contains subquestions or empty spaces identified by numbers (1, 2, 3, …) or letters (A, B, C…). Please make sure you correctly identify your answers with the corresponding number of letter. An example is presented in the “Taking an Exam with Examplify” notice.

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Last Updated: September 29th, 2021