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Qualifying Examinations for Foreign Trained Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists

Qualifying Examinations (QE) Schedule for 2016

Date of Examination

Closing Date



15-16 January 2016

4 December 2015

1-2 April 2016

19 February 2016

15-16 July 2016

27 May 2016

7-8 October 2016

26 August 2016



Nanyang Polytechnic  administered Qualifying Examinations (QE) are for occupational therapists and physiotherapists who wish to practise in Singapore but do not possess qualifications found on the List of Recognised Qualifications, as determined by the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC). Currently practising occupational therapists and physiotherapists with AHPC’s Restricted Registration can also sit the QE.


Details of the requirements for practise as an occupational therapist or physiotherapist in Singapore can be found on AHPC’s website.



Eligibility for Qualifying Examinations (QE)

For occupational therapists and physiotherapists with no prior practice experience in Singapore, the QE applicant must:

  1. Apply to AHPC for registration.
  2. Provide a certified true copy of AHPC’s in-principle approval letter to sit the QE with the completed QE application form submitted by the employer.
  3. Make full payment of QE fees.

Application form for occupational therapists and physiotherapists with no prior practice experience in Singapore



For occupational therapists and physiotherapists who are on Restricted Registration and are keen to take the QE, the QE applicant must:

  1. Provide a certified true copy of AHPC’s Restricted Registration Certificate with completed QE application form submitted by the applicant or employer.
  2. Make full payment of QE fees.

    Application form for occupational therapists and physiotherapists on Restricted Registration


Exam Standards

The QE standards will reflect competencies for safe and current practice in Singapore. Questions for the QE will be drawn from Nanyang Polytechnic course curriculum, and moderated to ensure relevance to all practice sectors.


Scope of the QE

a) Occupational Therapy

Examination format: 2-hour written paper with ½ hour viva voce 2-hour written paper consisting of the following:


i) MCQ (60 marks)
60 multiple-choice questions of which 2/3rd of the questions cover all areas of occupational therapy theories, assessments and interventions and the remainder 1/3rd cover foundational knowledge areas of anatomy, physiology, psychology and sociology.


ii) Short Answer Question (30 marks)
3 short-answer questions covering topics related to occupational therapy assessment and intervention for children, physical dysfunction and mental health. This section will assess the candidate on the description of theory, assessment or intervention processes.


iii) Essay Question (30marks)
The candidate will be given a choice to answer one of three case study related questions. Each case study represent a common population group seen by occupational therapists in Singapore and will examine the ability to apply clinical reasoning based on occupational therapy theoretical concepts to a case situation.


30-minute Viva Voce (80 marks)


i) The candidate will be given a choice of three case studies. Each case study will cover major practice area of occupational therapy in physical dysfunction, mental health and children across the care continuum. The candidate will be given 10 minutes to prepare a therapeutic plan to manage the chosen case study. The candidate will then present orally to the examiners, the theoretical underpinnings of the assessment and treatment plans including contraindications and precautions. Emphasis will be on the use of evidence and theoretical concepts to justify management of a case. Examiners will then ask specific questions in relation to the candidate’s response or provide progress scenario for appropriate response to the case.


ii) Marks will be awarded based on the soundness of clinical reasoning (e.g. choice of assessment, interventions), ability to identify outcomes, ability to present management strategies methodically, use of research evidence and use of occupational therapy theories.


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b) Physiotherapy

Examination format: 2-hour written paper and 1-hour practical exam


2-hour written paper consists of:


i) 10 Multiple Choice Questions on Paediatrics and Electrophysical Agents (EPA) (10 marks)


ii) Short Answer Questions (90 marks)


Comprising compulsory questions on cardiopulmonary, neurology and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Basic anatomy, physiology and behavioural science questions may be asked in the applied manner in the short answer questions. Short answer questions are mainly case studies with questions on clinical diagnosis, management and justification of management with appropriate clinical reasoning.



iii) Elective Questions (20 marks)


The candidate will be given a choice to answer one of three case studies related to paediatric physiotherapy, women’s health and sports physiotherapy.



1-hour practical examination (90 marks)  


The practical exam will include 3 scenarios of 20 minutes each in the following areas: Neurology, Musculoskeletal and Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy. 



Scenarios will be similar to clinical cases. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate appropriate assessment, related management techniques and interventions on a patient model. They will elaborate on the goals of management on each clinical case. Examiners will require candidates to provide evidence-based justification for choice of management techniques and interventions used.


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QE Administration

a) Information & Application for QE

Information on the QE requirements is posted on AHPC website. Employers or the QE candidate will have to submit using the attached application form alongside the necessary documents outlined in Eligibility for QE section above.

According to guidelines set out by AHPC, candidates will be allowed a maximum of TWO (2) attempts to pass the QE. The closing date for QE applications would be 6 weeks before the QE.  The maximum number of candidates is 20 per sitting for OT and 20 per sitting for PT.


b) Exam Fees and Payment

The cost per candidate is $642.00 (including GST) for each sitting.  The application form together with the certified true copy documents and payment must be submitted by the employer (applicable for those without prior practice in Singapore) or the applicant (applicable for Restricted Registrant)  to NYP 6 weeks before the QE.  The payment may be in the form of Singapore issued cheques or bank drafts in Singapore currency.  Payment for the QE is to be made payable to “Nanyang Polytechnic” and be sent to:  General Administration Officer, School of Health Sciences, Nanyang Polytechnic, Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, Singapore 569830.


There shall be no refund in the event of non-attendance.


c) Exam Frequency

The QE will be conducted four times a year in Jan, April, July and Oct. The exams will be held mostly on the 2nd Friday of the above-stated months but may be conducted over two days, Fridays and Saturdays. Candidates are expected to be present on both days. 

The employer or applicant (applicable for Restricted Registrants only) will be informed by email/letter about the venue, date and time of the QE after the application form and payment have been received.  Candidates sitting for the exam must be present at the stated venue at the stipulated time. Candidates will not be admitted into the exam venue 30 minutes after the commencement of the exam. Candidates must bring along their passport and copy of the reply from NYP as proof of identity.


d) Exam Results

Results will be released 4 weeks after the QE. For QE candidates with no prior practice experience in Singapore, the exam centre will issue results to the employers and AHPC. For QE Candidates who are AHPC Restricted Registered the exam centre will issue results to the candidate and AHPC.

According to the guidelines set out by MOH, candidates who fail the QE will be allowed to sit for a second attempt. This will be the final attempt.


The decision of the panel is final and appeals will not be entertained.



E-mail Contacts


Candidates may first consult the AHPC website for general details about registration for practice in Singapore and the eligibility criteria to sit the QE. 

For questions pertaining to the scope and format of the exams and submission of application, please contact the following persons, 

  1. Ms Corrine Hoo

    Lecturer/Occupational Therapy


    Tel: 6550 1318

  2. Ms Bernadine Teng,

    Senior Lecturer/Physiotherapy 


    Tel: 6550 1355 

  3. Ms Tan Pey Eng,
    Management Support Officer (Allied Health)
    Tel: 6550 1316