Exam Prep FAQs


Course Structure and Content  |  Online Courses  |  Practice Exams  |  Customer Support


 

Course Structure and Content

Q.  What is the difference between the webinar and the online course?

A.  The webinar course takes place once annually for the bar exams, paralegal licensing exam, and CHRP/CHRL exam. It is scheduled before the summer sitting for each exam. The webinar provides candidates with a live, interactive course presented by professors and practitioners. The online course is a recorded and edited version of the webinar course and it includes archived videos from past years. The greatest benefit of the webinar course is that the instructors are present to answer questions and ensure you understand concepts. The greatest benefit of the online course is flexibility, as you can pause, stop, rewind, and re-watch the videos at your leisure, at any time. The premium course combines webinar and online, for the best of both worlds.

Q.   How are your course instructors selected?

A.   Our instructors are hand-selected based on their expertise and experience in their respective areas. Instructors are law school and college instructors as well as expert practitioners from leading Canadian law firms. Careful attention is paid to our instructors’ ability to make difficult concepts clear and intelligible so that candidates better understand them. This better understanding leads to greater success.

Q.   What is the benefit of purchasing a Premium Course?

A.  Emond's Premium Courses provide you with all the tools you could need for success. The Premium Course includes access to the Online Course, the live Webinar Course, and the practice exam(s). This means that you have access to all of our content, and you can start your exam preparation at any time. By reviewing the online video archive early in your preparation, you will have a better understanding of your study materials once you commence your self-study. This will also help you get more out of the live webinar course. Please note that the live Webinar Course only takes place once per year before the summer exam sitting.

Q.  How are the curriculums for your courses determined?

A.   The lecture outlines for our courses are based on the accreditation competencies that the examining body identifies as entry-level competencies. These competencies can be seen on the applicable website (LSO website and/or HRPA website.) Our courses focus on those substantive areas that tend to be most challenging for exam candidates.

Q.   Are there live Webinar Course options for fall or winter exam sittings?

A.   No, the live Webinar Courses are only available before the summer exam sitting for LSO and CHRP/CHRL exams. During the rest of the year, the Online Courses are available.

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Online Courses

Q.  What if I have questions after watching the online lectures?

A.  If you have a question while watching an online course, you can submit an online support inquiry outlining your question. We will do our best to get in touch with the course instructor(s) to relay your question. We also have licensed lawyers on staff who are equipped to answer your questions. If you are having a challenging time with the online lectures and/or your study materials, you may want to consider participating in the Webinar Course so that you may interact directly with instructors and get answers to your questions. If the Webinar Course is not available for your sitting, we can arrange a complimentary hour of one-on-one tutoring with a qualified exam tutor.

Q.   When are the newest videos from the Webinar Courses usually posted?

A.   New videos for the Paralegal and Barrister/Solicitor Webinar Courses are usually posted in September. If you purchased an Online Course prior to this time, you will automatically receive access to the new videos as they are posted. For the CHRP/CHRL Employment Law Course, videos are usually posted in October.

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Practice Exams

Q.  Do Emond Exam Prep resources contain any content from the actual licensing exam(s)?

A.  No. Emond Exam Prep supports and upholds the integrity of Ontario's licensing and certification processes. Our exam preparation resources adhere to the rules set by the LSO and other licensing bodies, and do not contain licensing exam questions or content. Our practice exam questions are developed independently to test the publicly stated competencies evaluated on the licensing exams.

Q.  Who writes the practice exam questions?

A.   The practice exam questions are drafted by a team of lawyers and legal education professionals, then edited in-house at Emond Publishing. Emond’s exam questions are carefully monitored and regularly updated to reflect current legislation. Our team tracks student responses to the practice exam questions to identify questions that are disproportionately easy or challenging and adjust them accordingly.

Q.  What are the benefits of a practice exam?

A.   For exam candidates, a practice exam is the best way to become familiar with your exam study materials and study aids, such as indices. It allows you to simulate exam day by answering test questions under timed conditions. Emond's Practice Exams are written to simulate the types of questions you will encounter on your licensing or designation examination so that you have a better understanding of what to expect. They offer an opportunity to improve your exam-writing techniques and hone your critical thinking skills under examination conditions. Practice exams will also help you identify your strongest and weakest subject areas so that you can strategically adjust your studying and make yourself equally strong across all exam topics.

Q.  After purchasing a practice exam, how soon can I take it?

A.   You can take the practice exam immediately after purchase. To access your practice exam, log into your Emond account and navigate to My Account >> Digital Purchases, where the practice exams will automatically appear after purchase.

Q.  What if I can’t finish the practice exam in one sitting?

A.  You do not need to finish the entire exam in one sitting. You can log out and log back in as many times as you like before you finish and submit the exam, and the time can be paused or disregarded. Any answers that you complete before logging out will automatically be saved.

Q.  How does the exam timer work?

A.   The timer begins running when you answer the first question, but is no longer visible as you write your exam, which reflects the in-person exam writing experience. A summary timer report is provided upon exam completion. This report will include your time performance broken down by subject area and how long it took you to answer each question. If you would like to pause the timer, simply return to the dashboard or close the tab.

If you would like to implement a live count-up timer as you write your practice exam, we recommend candidates use an external timer such as your cell phone's stopwatch feature. Alternatively, you can download a phone application such as “Project Timer”. We suggest using a timer during at least one exam attempt to simulate exam day.

Q.  I am having trouble launching my practice exam. Why?

A.  Javascript must be enabled on your browser for the exam software to function properly. For a step-by-step guide to enabling Javascript on your browser, please click here.

 

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Customer Support

Q.  I have a disability that requires accommodation. What accommodations are you equipped to offer?

A.  Emond Exam Prep is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and its regulations. Please visit our Accessibility Inquiries page for further details.

Q.  Can I extend my access to an Emond Exam Prep course or practice exam beyond the designated expiry date?

A.  In many cases, candidates begin preparing for their licensing and designation exams well in advance of receiving any study materials. We encourage the use of our resources as part of this preparation. If your initial access period ends, or you choose to defer your exam, we can arrange to extend your access to our exam preparation resources. To request an extension, please email emondexamprep@emond.ca with your purchase e-receipt showing your credit card authorization as well as verification of your exam-writing window.

Q.  What happens if I fail my exam after purchasing an Emond Exam Prep course, practice exam, or flashcards?

A.  Emond is confident that our preparation courses, practice exams, and flashcards will equip you for success on exam day. Our resources are backed by the Emond Guarantee, which ensures you will have support from us until you are successful on your exam. If you do not pass your licensing or certification exam after purchasing an Emond Exam Prep resource, we will renew your access to the purchased resource(s) free of charge. To request a renewal, please email us at emondexamprep@emond.ca with proof of your exam results from the examining body (LSO, CICC, or HRPA) and the e-receipt from your purchase.

Q.  What is the best way to get in touch with someone from Emond Exam Prep?

A.   The best way to contact the Emond Exam Prep team is by submitting an online support inquiry. You can also email us at emondexamprep@emond.ca. Our customer service team will do their very best to get back to you as quickly as possible. Our office is closed on evenings, weekends, and holidays, but we regularly monitor customer inquiries during those times, especially during examination periods.