CAPR PCE Exam – Sample Questions


Each physiotherapy practice exams contain 200 questions each.  Although Canadian board exam has vignette based questions, our questions are independent from each other.  The reason behind this is to give you the opportunity to attempt each practice exam multiple times with the questions and answers randomized with each attempt.  This was not achievable with a vignette format. 

The questions are based on content specifically from Canadian recommended resources.   The number of questions and weight for each category is based the board exam format.  80% of questions are scenario-based.  


A physiotherapist works with a patient diagnosed with congestive heart failure who presents with dyspnea during ambulation.  The patient has an ejection fraction of less than 50 percent.  Which of the following interventions would be the most appropriate?

2. A physiotherapist positions a patient in side-lying in preparation for postural drainage activities.  Which lung segment would be indicated based on the patient's position?


A physiotherapist treats a patient receiving supplemental oxygen using a nasal cannula with a flow rate of two liters per minute.  Which value best approximates the percentage of oxygen delivered to the patient?

4. A physiotherapist participating in a research project uses a simple random sample to draw a sample from the population.  What does the therapist ensure by selecting this type of sample?


Nathan is 22-year-old college student who plays competitive tennis. He was recently diagnosed with elbow tendonitis. He is 70 inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He doesn't smoke and both parents are healthy. He was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age 8, but his blood glucose is normal with insulin injections. His blood pressure is 105/68 mmHg and his total cholesterol is 170 mg/dL. He reports no symptoms and can train after practice and on weekends. In what risk category is Nathan?

6. A patient with a post stroke status works with a physiotherapist on a mat program.  The therapist assists the patient in lateral weight shifting activities while positioned in prone on elbows.  Which therapeutic exercise technique would allow the patient to improve dynamic stability with this activity?

7. A physiotherapist observes the gait of a 4-year-old child with spastic cerebral palsy.  The therapist verifies that the child exhibits excessive lordosis during ambulation.  Which surgical procedure would best address this postural deformity?

8. A patient with a T3 spinal cord injury exercising on a treatment table in supine begins to exhibit signs and symptoms of autonomic dysreflexia including a dramatic increase in blood pressure.  What is the most immediate action to address the patient's blood pressure response?

9. A physiotherapist attempts to secure a wheelchair for a patient with an incomplete spinal cord injury.  The patient is a 31-year-old female that is very active and relies on a wheelchair as her primary mode of transportation.  The type of wheelchair design that would be the most appropriate is:

10. A physiotherapist treats a female patient status post cerebrovascular accident (CVA).  Which action would be most likely to facilitate elbow extension in a patient with hemiplegia?

11. A physiotherapist positions a patient as shown prior to testing for clonus.  What is the most appropriate action to complete the test?

12. What is the term for pain and disability of the wrist and hand secondary to the impingement of the median nerve?


A 12-year-old female patient complains of dull, chronic headaches in the ocular area. The pain was initially intermittent but has become constant. Sleep often relieves the pain but it comes back the next morning. Head movements often exacerbate the pain. There is plantar extension on the right. What is the most accurate diagnosis for her?

14. To strengthen your patient's levator scapula muscle, you would ask your patient to perform 10 pain free reps of resisted scapular ____________:


A patient with weak dorsiflexor muscles demonstrates his walking to the physiotherapist.  The foot hangs with the toes pointing down, causing the toes to hit the ground.  What kind of gait is this patient experiencing?

16. What is the most appropriate study for a patient who suffered a fall and presents with acute cervical radiculopathy?


A 22-year-old long-distance runner visits a physiotherapist because of consistent pain in her Achilles tendon.  The physiotherapist performs the Thompson test to examine the integrity of the Achilles tendon by squeezing the calf?  What does a positive sign for thompson's test indicate?

18. A physiotherapist recommends footwear for a patient with foot pathology.  He recommends a high and wide toe box, medial arch support, small to no heel, and a contoured posterior counter.  This type of shoe prescription would be most beneficial for a patient diagnosed with:

19. A physiotherapist administers an upper limb tension test with radial nerve bias to a patient positioned in supine.  Which action would be the first to occur?


A 34-year-old male rehabilitating from a motorcycle accident is brought into a clinic for gait training. The patient sustained a fractured tibula.  The patient is partial weight-bearing and has good upper extremity strength.  What is the most appropriate assistive device for this patient?