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Exam Rules and Schedules

NCA 2014 Exam Schedules

NCA Examination schedules for all of 2014 are available here.

The revised framework used to plan the schedule for NCA exams in 2014 is available here.


NCA Exam Review Schedule

The dates and times for a review of the NCA exams is posted here when available.


NCA Exam Information

Applicants who have received an assessment and are eligible to take the NCA examinations should complete the Registration Form during the designated registration period, and return it to the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.

Full payment must be received with your registration, otherwise it will not be processed. The current examination fee (subject to change) is $300 Canadian per exam (plus applicable taxes). Please note that as of February 1, 2012, the NCA accepts credit card payments only.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the date of receipt of the registration form and payment. Applicants will generally be accepted, space permitting.

Applicants will receive a confirmation of registration by email approximately 10 business days after the NCA receives your registration form and payment. You should verify the information in your confirmation to make sure it is correct. Please email with any revisions.

The NCA now offers four exam sessions per year, generally in January, May, August and October. The exact dates for each session will be posted once confirmed. Not all exams are offered at each of the four sessions; so please consult the current NCA Examination Schedule for a list of exams offered at each session.

You can divide your exams between sessions, but please refer to your NCA assessment for the deadline to complete all your requirements.

Registration for each exam session will open approximately 4-6 weeks before the registration deadline. There is no advance registration for any exam period. Applicants may write examinations in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, or Toronto at each session. In suitable circumstances, applicants may be able to arrange to write examinations in other locations within Canada and in other countries, at their own expense. Further information can be obtained by contacting

The National Committee on Accreditation is not an educational institution and therefore has limited capacity to provide special accommodations for physically challenged applicants. Applicants requiring accommodation must submit their request, supported by an up-to-date medical certificate, as soon as possible and no later than two months prior to an exam session. Special accommodations will be dealt with on an individual basis. Please email

NCA Failed Examinations

Applicants may retake an NCA examination in a failed subject. The exam fee in effect at the time of registration for the second attempt will be required. The new examination will not always be based on identical course materials, so candidates may have to prepare for the exam on the basis of a new syllabus.

Applicants may retake a failed NCA examination only once. In the event of a second failure, applicants are required to take the failed subject at a Canadian law school. Applicants may not register to retake an exam until they receive the results of the first effort, and cannot register in the exam session immediately following the session in which they took the exam the first time. For example, if a candidate fails an exam in January, the earliest opportunity to re-take the exam would be in August of the same year.

When candidates fail an NCA examination, they receive a memo from the grading examiner providing reasons for the failure. The candidate will be given an opportunity to review the exam(s) at a date and time arranged by the NCA. A notice providing the time, date and location of the session will be sent with the exam results. Applicants may appeal their exam results in accordance with the Examination Review and Grade Appeal Process and by submitting a completed Examination Grade Appeal request form along with the required fee indicated.

NCA Examination Rules

Applicants must present a valid Photo ID at time of registration. Applicants must also have their current, valid NCA file number to record on each examination, where indicated.

The examination will be graded on a pass/fail basis (50% is a pass). All examinations are open book, and three hours in duration. Candidates are permitted to use any reference materials during the examination, including personal hand-written or typed notes. Please ensure that you read the NCA's Examination Guidelines and Rules, as you are responsible for knowing and following the guidelines and rules for every NCA examination.

Answers should be double-spaced and written in blue or black ink (no pencils). All answers must be completed on the pads provided, except where space is provided in the examination booklet. PRINT LEGIBLY. Writing considered illegible by the examiner may result in the exam not being fully graded or disqualified.

Applicants must complete the information at the top right of each page of the examination pad. This includes the applicant file number, and the question number and page for each answer completed. (e.g. 1/1 for question 1, page 1 and 1/2 for question 1 page 2, etc.).

Applicants must return the exam questions and all answers in the envelope they were received in. If the examination and answer booklets are not found in the envelope at the end of the examination, the applicant’s exam will be automatically disqualified..

The contents of the examination must not be disclosed or discussed with others. Please note that Invigilators cannot respond to any questions regarding the content of the exam.

Cellular phones, electronic devices, any type of personal digital assistant such as palm pilots, mp3 players, head phones or head sets of any kind, pagers, camera, radios, recording devices, wireless email or hand-held computers are not permitted in the room where exams are held.

If an applicant has a cell phone contained within their personal belongings (which should not be at their desk), it must be turned off so that it does not disrupt anyone during the examination.

Time management during the exam is the responsibility of each applicant. Cell phones or other electronic devices may not be used for the purposes of keeping time. The official time will be maintained by the staff invigilating the exams. When time is called, you must immediately put down your pen and close your answer booklet.

Applicants are permitted to leave the examination after the first two hours, but may NOT leave the examination during the final 15 minutes. All applicants must remain seated until proctors have collected an examination envelope from each of the applicants present.

Friends, relatives or children who accompany an applicant to the NCA examination site will not be permitted to wait in the examination testing area, or to contact the applicant while they take the NCA exam(s).

Applicants must be considerate of others at all times, ensuring that they are quiet and respectful of others. As a courtesy to fellow applicants, please keep distractions to a minimum. Distractions may include constant movement in your seat, low murmuring while reading the exam questions, tapping or flicking of pens, strong scents or odors, etc. If this type of behavior is found to be distracting, the invigilators may request the applicant to stop. If that behavior persists, other measures may be taken as deemed necessary.

Examination Deferral and Cancellation Policy

Exam fees may be deferred to a later session, provided registration for that session is open. Exam fees may also be refunded upon request. In all cases, administrative fees apply. Please note that as of February 1, 2012, the NCA accepts credit card payments only.

An administrative fee per exam (including all applicable taxes) will be applied to all changes (deferral or cancellation) to a candidate’s examination registrations according to the deadlines posted for each exam schedule. Cancellations or no-shows made on the date of the exam being written will result in the forfeiture of the full exam fee unless accompanied by a medical certificate or other relevant documentation.

If you have any questions regarding NCA examinations, or wish to cancel or defer any exams you have registered for, please contact Christine Mayer at