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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Online NCA Exam Prep Program

As of May 26, 2015

When should I take the NCA Exam Prep Program?

We recommend that you purchase and begin the relevant courses at least one or two months before writing your exams and no more than a year before your planned exam sitting. When you log in to the course webpage, you’ll be asked to identify your planned exam sitting, which should be in the next year. Our course managers will guide you toward course completion as your exam sitting nears.

What is special about this new online course?

Expert instructors who have been teaching NCA candidates for years have developed this course specifically for the online environment. The material is comprehensive but concise and modules are chunked into manageable amounts of material – work through courses intensively or over weeks or months, in chunks of as little as 15 minutes at a time, depending on your schedule. Modules are mapped to the NCA syllabi to maximize your efficient reading and comprehension of the material. An integrated interface allows you to ask questions and participate in discussions with instructors and fellow NCA candidates.

What is the teaching method used?

This course is designed to help you reach your goal of passing exams and understand material for your future practice needs. Our instructors put the material in a practical context, but focus more on what you need to know for NCA exams. A methodology for analyzing problems and theory is presented. Each course includes regular self-test questions, sample questions and answers with commentary, and the option to submit a full written exam answer and receive detailed instructor feedback.

What kind of materials do you provide?

In addition to the video modules, each course includes downloadable resources, a transcript of the video, multimedia, interactive Q&A functionality, a summary creation note-taking template and discussion forums

Are there discounts available if I want to take the Exam Prep Program again?

Extensions may be available if you defer your exam and one free retake is available if you defer your exam. Please review the Terms & Conditions (link) for details.
No other discounts are available.

What are the English language requirements?

If your first language is not English, you should have English proficiency at a minimum of 95 (TOEFL iBT), 7.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or CLB 8. Proof of language proficiency is required for the Bridging component of the Program.

Who teaches the courses?

Courses are taught by academics, judges and practising lawyers, all of whom are experienced instructors. The online course has been developed in consultation with experienced legal instructional designers.

What materials do I need?

You are expected to purchase the text(s) identified by the NCA for each subject. You can buy texts from the York University Bookstore. We will provide electronic copies of the articles and cases identified in the NCA syllabi for each subject along with additional exam review materials.

What should I do to prepare for the program?

The online courses provide an overview and review of the syllabi and each module is mapped to a particular section or sections of the NCA syllabus. We generally recommend that you read the material on the syllabus before working through the corresponding online course module.

How do I apply for the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program Funding?

Those who have purchased the NCA examination Prep Course will be invited to apply for the OBPAP once the funds are allocated to the institutions.