Getting Ready for the February 2021 Examination for Architects in Canada (ExAC)
January 19, 2021
The Committee for the ExAC (CExAC) can now provide details regarding the online ExAC to assist Interns in preparing for their ExAC session(s) scheduled for February 22 to 25, 2021.
Booking the Exam through the Yardstick Platform
Between 8AM EST on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 and midnight EST on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, all Interns must register on the YAS MeasureTM platform to create their user account and book their exam(s) through the platform. Instructions will be emailed by Wednesday, January 20, 2021.
Each day’s exam unlocks at 10AM EST. Please note that due to system requirements for the online proctoring system, interns will be admitted to their exam in blocks, based on the exam start time chosen when booking through the YAS MeasureTM platform. You will have three hours to complete each exam section from your scheduled starting time block. Interns planning to write the ExAC from outside of the Eastern Standard Time Zone will need to take into account the difference in time zones.
The online ExAC can be taken from a secure location of your choice (home, office, other place), but you are expected to make the necessary arrangements to be alone and uninterrupted for the full duration of each exam section.
The following equipment is required on your exam days:
- A computer with integrated keyboard, webcam and microphone, or a computer with a wired/wireless external keyboard, webcam and microphone;
- An external keyboard and mouse/trackpad (for desktop computers or laptops);
- A stable internet connection (wired is recommended or wireless; if you choose to use a wireless internet connection, we recommend a speed of at least 10 Mbps).
Only one screen, of any size, is allowed during the exam. If you are connecting an external monitor to a laptop, the laptop screen must be closed. In this case, you will not be able to use the built-in webcam and microphone. You will need to connect a separate external webcam and microphone to enable monitoring by the remote proctor.
Testing Your Equipment
We strongly advise you to test your equipment as soon as possible to ensure everything works well on exam days. A link to the system test will be available once you have booked your exam time(s) through Yardstick (YAS).
A tutorial (practice exam) will be available on the YAS MeasureTM platform once your booking is completed. The tutorial will allow you to familiarize yourself with the platform and its features. Questions have been created to enable you to interact with platform on an unlimited basis. We encourage you to practice as many times as you need.
Online ExAC features
The online ExAC will be entirely digital. The exam platform provides features such as question bookmarking, page and text size enlargement, text highlighting, a digital calculator and a notepad. Examinees are prohibited from using any physical tools (pencils, pens, calculators, et cetera) during the exams. The only exception is for individuals writing Section 2, in which case they must use a paper format of the 2015 National Building Code, without the provincial adaptations. Electronic or printed pdf copies of the Building Code are not permitted.
The online ExAC will be remotely proctored through the YAS ProctorU platform. Find out more about the remote proctoring experience
An updated and revised version of the ExAC Preparation Guide complete with a FAQ section will be available by the end of January. This document will provide additional details about the online experience.
Interns who need a Special Accommodation due to the change of delivery of the ExAC may submit an official request to the CExAC by January 27, 2021.
Cancellation of Registration
Cancellations will be accepted up to one week from the start of the first exam section. The usual cancellation fees will apply.
Letters of Authorization
In past years, ExAC registrants would receive a Letter of Authorization from their licensing authority. For the February sitting of the ExAC, interns should consider the email confirmations of their exam booking to be their authorization letters. These emails will confirm the date, time and language of your examination.
If you have any questions about the February 2021 online ExAC, please direct them to one of the National ExAC Co-Administrators:
- In English: Jon Clark, Ontario Association of Architects: exac[at]oaa.on[dot]ca;
- In French: Elena Harizomenov, Ordre des architectes du Québec: exac[at]oaq[dot]com.
Please continue to watch your inbox for updates regarding the online administration of the ExAC.
The Committee for the Examination for Architects in Canada