What is the Jurisprudence and Knowledge Assessment Tool (JKAT)?

The JKAT is an online knowledge acquisition and assessment tool designed to improve a RD's knowledge and application of laws, standards, guidelines and ethics relevant to the profession of dietetics in Ontario.

Who is required to complete the JKAT?

All new members must complete the JKAT usually within the first year of membership with the College and every 5 years thereafter. Current members must complete the JKAT every 5 years.

How do I know I will need to complete JKAT?

You are notified by email and provided information about when and how you must complete the JKAT.

How do I access JKAT?

  1. Log in to your member profile on the College’s website (Member Home Page) and select JKAT button on the side of the web page.
  2. Ensure you have read the declaration (user agreement) and select your JKAT version to begin the online JKAT.

How many attempts do I have to successfully complete the portal?

Within the 90-day period, you have three (3) opportunities to successfully complete the JKAT with a cut score of 90%.

Will I receive any feedback on my results?

Yes, you receive a summary of your results immediately after completion. The summary shows the correct and incorrect responses. You will be able to read the rationale for each incorrect response in order to enhance your learning and assist you on your next trial, if needed.

What if I don’t achieve the cut score of 90% on my attempts?

If you are unsuccessful after the third attempt, you will be required to submit a learning plan to improve your knowledge in jurisprudence. The plan should include some way of demonstrating that the knowledge was acquired.

Can I print my results?

Once you pass the JKAT, a print letter button will appear. Ensure you print or save the completion letter before logging out of the Tool, as you will not be able to reaccess it.

I have completed the JKAT, but I did not get my results. Can you help me?

Check to make sure you submitted your answers. Log into the JKAT portal and if you can still access the questions, click on ‘Submit JKAT’ to receive your final mark. If you are still unable to access your results contact Bev Nopra, Quality Assurance Analyst at bev.nopra@collegeofdietitians.org for assistance.

What happens if I don’t complete the JKAT by the deadline?

A member who is required to complete the JKAT and refuses to do so or does not contact the College to explain why they are unable to complete it, may be considered to have committed an act of professional misconduct and, consequently, may be referred to the Investigations, Complaints and Reports Committee.

What if I cannot complete the JKAT by the deadline?

You may submit a written request for an extension to complete the JKAT if you have a good reason such as current hospitalization, illness or disability, bereavement, personal hardship, leave of absences or maternity or parental leave.

The written request should include:

  1. Your name and registration number clearly identified;
  2. A request for the extension in completing the JKAT;
  3. An indication of current work status; and
  4. Any information or reasons that are pertinent and supportive of the request and would assist the Committee in making its decision (information may be specific or general in nature).

Why do I have to write the JKAT more than once?

Like everything else, the laws and standards may change, or new standards may be enacted. For example, 11 years ago when the JKAT was initiated, would we ever have thought scenarios related to social media and dietetic practice would be important? Or, that medical assistance in dying (MAID) would be relevant to the dietetic scope of practice? The JKAT is updated regularly to respond to changes in health care delivery and dietetic practice. The JKAT strives to ensure dietitians have up-to-date knowledge of all applicable laws, regulations and standards they need to practice competently and safely.

My practice is in population health or management, why do I have scenarios related to patient care?

The scenarios provide the backdrop to illustrate the application of the laws, regulations or standards to dietetic practice; the practice area/setting is less important. In the three versions of the JKAT, everyone answers a fixed number of core questions with questions added for patient care and private practice versions. There are 70 questions in each version.

The questions do not provide enough detail to answer the question. Why is that?

Don’t overthink the question. Answer the question that is asked. Sometimes you think details are missing because as an experienced professional, we often think, "what if?" 

The questions are not designed to trick you but to provide enough detail to answer the question asked. Like all multiple-choice exams with four options, there are clearly two wrong answers (distractors) and two answers where you need to decide the right answer.

Question (item) writing is a painstaking process. Trained item writers meet biannually to review the questions, write new ones and rewrite questions which need tweaks.

When I open the reference, why doesn’t it take me right to the answer?

The reference will take you to the section which applies to the question. Some reading is required to provide context to the issue being discussed.

I wrote down the option I chose for each question, in case I fail the JKAT. Now, when I go in to the JKAT, the right answer is in a different place. Why?

With every attempt of the JKAT, the answers are scrambled so now the right answer could be in position “c” instead of “a”. If you are completing the JKAT on a second or third attempt, read the question and the answers carefully to make sure you choose the correct answer.
If you must make a second or third attempt at achieving 90% in the JKAT, you will be given some new questions along with the questions you got wrong. The questions you got right will pre-populate as answered. You will not have to answer all the questions you previously got correct again.