Computer-Based Testing at CSMLS
As you know, the CSMLS is bringing our certification exams to the forefront of best practices by implementing computer-based testing (CBT) for all four CSMLS examinations (General MLT, MLA, Cytology and Genetics).
While this is a significant change, many aspects of the examination will remain the same.
On this page you will find any and all CBT updates and resources as they become available.
If there are any questions, please contact our Certification Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
CSMLS Computer Based Testing FAQs
This section includes frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding computer-based testing (CBT).
, breaks will be allowed during an exam but will be counted against the allotted time (will have to sign-in, sign-out and check with re-entry into the exam)
- Exception with candidates who have an approved accommodation request
Yes, the same process is in place as with paper-based exams but easier. Students can add comments for each question while in that question on the computer screen.
Yes, candidates can go back and review questions, they can flag questions to go back to and they have the added feature of the system informing them of a non-answered question so that they do not miss any potential marks.
Yes and No, the genetics and cytology exams have always had images and they will continue to do so. The MLT General and MLA exam have minimal black and white images; for example a WHMIS symbol or a QC chart. However with CBT the future is wide open for us to improve our exams with colour images and the possibility of videos.
No, exam candidates will be provided with dry erase whiteboards and a marker and/or scrap paper and a pen by Prometric if requested prior to entering the examination room. There is a calculator embedded into the computer program for use.
Exams will still be a single day administration, 3 times per year, as they are now. The difference is that there will be multiple time options during the day.
As with our current exams, all students are required to sign a security agreement agreeing to NOT share exam information. Each computer station also has a camera and analytics are tracked to determine if any candidate is spending too much time on a question, appearing like they are memorizing the question. It also analyzes when a candidate answers questions too quickly as if they had memorized the question and answer. Additionally, questions and answers within each exam can be reordered for exam candidates.
Yes, there will always be validation questions on the exam so that we can improve questions and add new content.
Every reasonable effort has been made to provide each candidate with a testing seat in Canada within 150 kilometers of the location at which their accredited education program was delivered. Educators can help with this process by informing CSMLS of any program enrollment changes.
Exams will be in the standard multiple choice format, like it was offered in the paper-and-pencil format.
Yes, noise-cancelling headphones are available, but must be requested prior to entering the exam room.
No, the last hand-written exams will be held October 2018 for MLA and February 2019 for MLT.
CBT Exam scoring will undergo the same vigorous standards as are currently used with paper-based exams. Exam data will be reviewed psychometrically to ensure that all questions perform to best practices. Non-performing questions will be removed from scoring.
, registering for the CSMLS exam will be a two- stage process.
- Candidates will have to register and pay for the exam on the CSMLS website and wait for their CSMLS confirmation email before scheduling their seat location and time.
- Once they have their confirmation email with instructions on when and how to schedule their seat at the Testing Centre they can go to the Prometric website to schedule a seat at their preferred location and time.
The candidate will have to choose an alternate location.
Yes, exam fees are adjusted annually according to costs and inflation.
Candidates should be familiar with the use of a mouse and keyboard. The computer-based testing format is very user friendly. A 15 minute tutorial will be available to candidates prior to taking a test. They also can take a “Test Drive” at a Prometric site for a fee prior to their exam, if available.
Candidates must bring valid Government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport matching the first and last name under which they registered with CSMLS.
Yes, but... if the candidate requires an accommodation, they MUST contact the CSMLS office before they can register for any exam session. If they register before they contact the office neither CSMLS nor the Testing Centre will be able to accommodate them.
Exam candidates who are ill or have extraordinary circumstances (including bereavement) before or on the examination day must contact the CSMLS office before the exam at email@example.com or 905-667-8507.
The CSMLS will require supporting documentation within seven (7) calendar days after notification. Supporting documentation may include doctor’s notes, CSMLS medical form, death certificates and/or other documents.
Yes and No, candidates will be able to reschedule the time or location of their exam for the same exam date on the Prometric website. Being able to change exam locations and/or times will be dependent on the availability of those seats and additional fees may be associated with the change.
No candidate will be able to change their exam dates, this type of change will have to be approved first with the office and may be considered a lost attempt and thus a fail.
No, you can only choose to write the exam in either English or French.
Computer Based Testing (CBT) Information Forum – Webinar
On June 11th, 2018, CSMLS hosted a live online forum to review CBT, how it would impact our current processes and answer any questions. Below is a recording of this forum.