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Knowledge and Competency Assessment Tool (KCAT) For Internationally Educated Dietitians



Touchstone Institute administers the Knowledge and Competency Assessment Tool (KCAT) to assess the foundational knowledge and competency of internationally educated dietitians (IEDs) who are applying for registration in Ontario. The KCAT was developed by Touchstone Institute in collaboration with the College of Dietitians of Ontario (CDO).
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Registration for the KCAT is available only to examinees who have received the following:

  1. Referral from the CDO
  2. Email confirmation and registration details from Touchstone Institute

For more information on KCAT eligibility, please contact the College of Dietitians of Ontario.

Before you register for a Touchstone Institute Exam please ensure you understand how the exam results contribute in your pathway towards licensure. If unsure, please contact your profession’s regulatory authority.

Request for letter of participation

Examinees may request a Letter of Participation to support visa travel requirements only after they have registered for an exam date. Letters cannot be issued without an exam date listed on them. Contact us here to request a letter. Please include your full name and CDO number.

Fees & Payment


The fee for the KCAT is CAN$ 425, payable by Visa or MasterCard only at the time of registration. KCAT registration will not be considered complete without immediate payment. 

Cancellation and Refunds

Touchstone Institute accommodates a high volume of examinees and enforces a strict cancellation policy to ensure fairness. Please refer to our exam cancellation policy here.

Exam cancellation fee: CAN$ 55

Deadline for refund (minus cancellation fee): 15 days before the examination

How to cancel or change exam: please contact us

What To Expect

Exam Day

What to bring to the exam:

All required equipment will be provided

Examinees may dress in professional attire, but will not be scored on their clothing

Items now allowed in the exam:

Examinees 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:

Any electronic device, including cell phones, smart watches and fitness trackers

Pens, pencils, pen lights

Paper, books, notebooks

Bags, luggage


Food or drink

On the exam day, before you start the exam

If you choose to start the examination and request to leave before completing the entire examination, a staff member will document your reason for non-completion. This information will be forwarded along to the College.

Breach of Examination Content and Process

On exam day, examinees will be required to sign a document attesting that they will not disseminate or reveal to others any content of the KCAT exam. Breaches include comparing responses with your colleagues, sharing exam content with future exam candidates and posting exam information or exam questions online.

Any breach in confidentiality of exam materials may lead to disciplinary and legal measures, including invalidating your results.


Results from the KCAT require up to eight weeks to process, and will be forwarded to CDO. The CDO will contact examinees to communicate the results of the KCAT and explain the next steps in the application process. Please note: Touchstone Institute does not distribute results to examinees. 

Exam Format

Exam Format

Please note: All of our assessments are designed to standardize as many exam elements as possible. Depending on examinee registration numbers and facility parameters, exam format may vary from the information provided on our website. Information regarding your specific exam will be provided with your invitation. We are committed to ensuring that all examinees are given a fair and valid assessment experience.


The KCAT is administered on tablets and consists of approximately 200 multiple-choice questions (MCQs).

There are two components to the KCAT:

  1. The knowledge-based component of the exam consists of 92 multiple-choice questions. All knowledge-based questions are independent questions.
  2. The competency-based component of the exam consists of 17 case scenarios and a series of 5 to 6 MCQs per case, for a total of 98 MCQs.

The knowledge component of the exam is written in the morning and the competency component is written in the afternoon. You will have approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes to write each component of the exam, with a one-hour break in between.


The Blueprint for the KCAT is consistent with the Integrated Competencies for Dietetic Education and Practice (ICDEP). The ICDEP are the national competency standards used for the accreditation of Canadian dietetic education programs and are used by all provincial regulatory bodies to assess the qualifications of applicants.

Touchstone Institute reserves the right to make any necessary changes at any time without advance notice.

Visualize the Exam

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The exam is administered on tablets

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Examinees using tablets at our assessment centre

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Examinees commit to keep all exam content confidential


Touchstone Institute has collaborated with the following organization to develop and administer this assessment: