Internationally Graduated Optometrist Evaluating Examination (IGOEE)
Touchstone Institute administers the Internationally Graduated Optometrist Evaluating Examination (IGOEE). The exam tests the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values of internationally graduated optometrists (IGOs) as compared to a recent graduate of a Canadian optometric program.
Dates and Fees
The May 2017 IGOEE will take place over the following days:
- Sunday, May 14, 2017 – MCQ and Short Case OSCE
- Monday, May 15, 2017 – Long Case OSCE
- Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – Long Case OSCE
Registration for the IGOEE is CAD 5,000.
The IGOEE consists of a balanced integration of three components:
- Written (MCQ) test
- Nine-station short-case OSCE
- Three-station long-case OSCE
The assessment is spread over two days, with the MCQ and short-case OSCE on day 1 and the long-case OSCE on day 2. The blueprint for the IGOEE is consistent with the National Competency Profile for Entry-Level Optometry (2015).
Written component (MCQ)
The written portion of the optometry exam consists of up to 150 multiple choice questions, based on scripted patient scenarios with accompanying photographs. This section assesses the candidate’s level of competency with respect to understanding, application and analysis of optometric knowledge relevant to patient situations.
Questions in the written component of the exam may cover the following topics:
- Patient assessment and diagnosis – especially relating to glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetes, hypertension, vascular diseases and other causes of visual impediments, including refractive error and binocular vision anomalies
- Vision therapies – eyeglasses, contact lenses, low-vision therapies, binocular vision therapies and per-surgical care
- Drug therapies – especially those currently authorized to optometrists in Ontario
- Prevention of visual disability, morbidity and mortality
- Collaborative care
For a complete outline of the IGOEE exam, view the Participant Guide (PDF)
The OSCE portion of the exam consists of 12 standardized, simulated patient scenarios of 15- or 30-minute duration. In several of these stations, physical eye examinations of the patient may be required, using the equipment provided. Specialized clinical skills that may be tested include
- Dilated fundus exam
- Binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy
- Contact tonometry
- Gonioscopy with fundus lenses
The patient encounter is followed by a structured oral interview during which the examiner may ask up to 10 questions about the presenting case and may present visual photographs or data for interpretation. During this time, the candidate will no longer engage with the standardized patient.
Cases reflect patient demographics and typical practice presentations most relevant to the aspects of current optometric practice, as identified and reviewed by our subject matter experts drawn from the faculty at optometry and medical schools and optometric practices.
This section assesses the candidate’s level of competency with respect to clinical skills, professional behaviour, attitude and values, as well as communication, collaboration, physical and psychomotor skills.
The OSCE component of the exam may cover the following topics:
- Refractive errors with presbyopia
- Binocular vision
- Glaucoma or glaucoma suspects
- Macular disease
- Vitreo-retinal disease
- Anterior segment disease
Stations in the OSCE are generally equipped with a blood pressure cuff, ophthalmoscope, retinoscope, hand sanitizer and other optometric equipment and props related to the scenario.
What to bring to the exam
All required equipment will be provided. Candidates may dress in professional attire, but will not be scored on their dress.
Items not allowed in the exam
Candidates should leave personal belongings at home, if possible, as many items are not permitted during the exam and storage space is limited. The following items are not allowed during the exam:
- Cell phone, pager, media player or laptop
- Electronic devices for internet access, reference or recording purposes
- Pens, pencils or pen lights
- Paper, books or notebooks
- Bags or briefcases
Results from the IGOEE take up to eight weeks to process and are sent directly to the referring regulator for distribution. Please note: Touchstone Institute does not distribute score reports directly to candidates.