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A self-assessment tool is available to help individuals determine their general readiness to take the professional assessment. It is designed to reduce test anxiety and increase test familiarity by replicating the look and feel of the full assessment.

The Self- Assessment for entry-to-practice for counselling profession is:

  • computer-based 
  • bilingual 
  • pan-Canadian 
  • simulation-style 
  • competency-based

The assessment is taken in the privacy of your own home anywhere in the world with a secure internet connection and has the following features:

  • is a shortened version of the types of questions on the national assessment
  • uses the same platform style as the national assessment
  • looks, feels, and acts similarly to the national assessment
  • has an auto-generated report that indicates areas of strength, challenge, or concern based on the responses provided by the self-assessment taker1

An auto-generated report arrives in your e-mail inbox upon completion of the self-assessment and contains general areas of strength, concern, and challenge, based on the results of the brief assessment process. It does not provide item by item results.

DISCLAIMER: The self-assessment is designed and intended for personal use and guidance purposes only. The results of the self-assessment are not connected to any information pertaining to admissibility to write the National Standard Assessment. 

Click here to access the self-assessment: https://thepracticestandard.ysasecure.com/.

Click here to view the Ontario competency profile.

Click here to view the Quebec competency profile.

Click here to view the nationally validated competency profile.

1The self-assessment is scored based on the responses that test-takers have given in each section of the assessment. Each section of each simulation has been assigned a “pass score” based on good client care in the context of the section.

Area of Strength: Results indicate consistent responses above a passing score.

Area of Challenge: Results indicate a variation of responses that are generally at a passing score, with    occasional responses dipping below a passing score.

Area of Concern: Results show responses are variably at and below a passing score.