Preparing for the CEO Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is different than studying for academic examinations. The PLA is an assessment designed to establish a profile of the knowledge held by you about current optometric clinical science and practice. Accordingly, adding to and exercising your knowledge of clinical science and practice is the best preparation strategy. This can involve reading and reviewing textbooks, professional journals, scientific papers, and other references relevant to clinical practice, attending continuing education courses, and conferring with peers. Regular exercise of knowledge of clinical science and practice is also an important component in preparing for the assessment.
A list of reference material that has been prepared for the University of Waterloo International Optometric Bridging Program is available by clicking here.
Due to the proprietary nature of CEO assessment questions, there are no prior assessments available for prior viewing or “practice”. However, to become familiar with the format of the assessment’s multiple-choice questions, reference may be made to these assessment sample questions.
Ultimately, the purpose of the PLA is to identify those areas of clinical science and practice in which you may require enhancement for the purpose of further development. As such, you are encouraged to prepare but to view the Prior Learning Assessment from a noncompetitive perspective.