After the Exam

There are hundreds of Medical Laboratory Technologist and Medical Laboratory Assistant candidates writing the CSMLS certification exam at each exam session. Once all exams are accounted for the marking process can begin.  

Any discrepancies or concerns, or invigilator concerns in this process must be investigated before any examinations are marked.

Exam results are verified by medical laboratory professionals. Some are subject matter experts working in the field and some work for the CSMLS.

These professionals have been trained in QMS, understand the psychometric process, and work with a third-party psychometrician to ensure validated and quality Exam results.

We take quality assurance of Exam results very seriously and will not release any results to candidates until we have all the checks and balances completed. Only once we are confident in the quality and verification process, we release Exam results.

We will not compromise our quality or your Exam results.

The video below explains all the steps required in our verification process before results are released.

Road to Results: The process of releasing exam results

Results will be released online within forty-five (45) days of the exam date.

Release of Candidate Exam Results Process

Step Maximum Number of Days
CSMLS receives candidate exam results data from vendor (vendor data) 5
Vendor data converted to CSMLS exam results files (CSMLS data) 3
Quality checks of vendor data vs CSMLS data 7
CSMLS data sent to third-party psychometrician for item and cohort analysis (Exam analysis) 7
Exam analysis review with psychometrician, CSMLS Exam Panel, and invited regulators 5
Exam Results Reports (ERR) submitted to CSMLS by psychometrician 5
Update CSMLS data based on ERR, if required 3
Quality checks and validation of updated CSMLS data 4
Quality check of Candidate Results Portal 5
Quality check of candidate deferrals, missed attempts, Exam comments/ complaints and vendor incident reports Concurrent
Results released to candidates and contracted regulators 1
TOTAL DAYS (max) 45

We will send you an email with a link providing you access to the exam portal. You will need to log in using your CSMLS username and password to view your results and see the status of your attempt. We recommend that all students provide a valid email address when registering for the exam and that you set a secure password. You have the option to print a copy of your exam results from the portal.

  Under no circumstances will we give or discuss exam results over the phone.

Those who are unsuccessful, can access their exam performance in the form of a bar chart that breaks down their exam performance based on the Competency Profile of the exam they wrote.

We report your exam result as “pass” or “fail.”  Candidates who have passed the exam will only receive the Angoff score.  Unsuccessful candidates will receive both their exam score and the Angoff  score.

We set the pass mark for each exam using the Double Angoff method; therefore, the passing criteria are different for each exam.

If you are unsuccessful at your exam attempt, you may receive notice of a required Learning Plan, based on the results of your exam performance. Please visit the Learning Plans page to learn more.

Regulatory Bodies

In provinces where we have an exam services agreement with a regulatory body, we will provide the regulatory body with a list of candidates from the province. The list shows each candidate’s pass or fail result. We will not give a candidate’s exam result to any other individual or organization without written consent from the candidate.

If you pass the exam and want to work in a regulated jurisdiction, contact the regulatory body in that province for their registration requirements.

CSMLS Certificate

 We will send your certificate when we process your Application for Membership and Certificate.  If you pass the exam, you will receive a Statement of Examination Results and an invitation to become a certified member of the CSMLS.  We provide certificates only to members in good standing.

Holding a certificate is a privilege of membership.  It is written in the CSMLS Bylaws that you must return your certificate to the CSMLS if you do not renew your membership.

Performance Chart (Bar Chart)

If you do not pass the exam, you will receive a performance report, displayed as a bar chart, that shows how you did in each of the categories defined in the exam blueprint. This report may help you prepare to write the exam again. If you pass the exam, you will not receive a performance report.

If you are a graduate from an accredited education program and you did not pass the exam, we encourage you to contact your educational institution as they may be able to assist you in preparing for your next exam attempt.

Applying for a rewrite

If you were not successful on your last/previous exam attempt and you are eligible to write the certification exam again, you can register for your next attempt directly online.

You are expected to come to the next available exam session. If you do not apply by the deadline date provided you will not be able to write the next exam and you will lose this attempt. A loss of an exam attempt is considered a fail.

If you were not successful on your last/previous exam attempt and you have been informed that you need to complete a Learning Plan, you cannot register for the next exam. Please follow the directions provided in the Learning Plan. 

If you have any questions about your Learning Plan, please contact directly the CSMLS representative you have been assigned to. 

Indigenous Land Acknowledgement : We respectfully acknowledge the CSMLS office, located in Hamilton, Ontario, is situated upon the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Mississauga Nation, Anishinaabe Peoples, and the Neutral Peoples. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon wampum, which is a treaty between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.


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