Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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What is MCC?

Medical Council of Canada (MCC) is an organization that is charged with assessing medical candidates, evaluation of physicians through exams and granting a qualification called Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) to those who wish to practice medicine in Canada.

Today, in addition to assessing every medical school graduate, MCC is also responsible for assessing international medical graduates (IMGs) seeking to practice here. Remarkably, these assessments are done at over 500 locations around the world and in Canada, plus additional assessments are done when IMGs are welcomed into our country.

What is the NAC Examination?

The NAC Examination is a one-day exam that assesses your readiness to enter a Canadian residency program. It is a national, standardized examination that tests the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for entrance into postgraduate training in Canada.

It is an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) that includes a series of stations where you are presented with typical clinical scenarios. It includes problems in:

  • Gynecology
  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery

Why should I take the NAC Examination?

The NAC Examination is required to apply to a Canadian residency program. The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) accepts NAC Examination results as part of match application packages.

You must take the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination if you want to apply to a Canadian residency program. For information on the NAC Examination eligibility requirements, visit the Application and eligibility page.

The NAC Examination is not required to obtain the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada, and a pass does not guarantee a residency training position in Canada.

Who is eligible for NAC?

To take the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination, you must have graduated or be within 12 months of graduating from a:

  1. Medical school outside Canada or the U.S. that is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools and identified by a Canada Sponsor Note; or
  2. A U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine

NOTE: Please note that a pass on the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) is no longer required to apply to the NAC Examination. Candidates can attempt both exams in whichever order they prefer.

How to apply for NAC Examination?

You can apply for the NAC Examination during designated periods through your www.physiciansapply.ca account. You will only be able to apply if you meet the eligibility requirements. For approximate application dates, see NAC overview.

During the application process, you will be asked to choose up to three exam centres in order of preference. You do not have to take the exam in the province where you will be applying for residency.

We will make every attempt to accommodate your centre preference(s). If you choose only one centre, your likelihood of being assigned to it does not improve.

If you are a student:

You may need to submit a Student Attestation Form if you have not previously submitted one or if there have been changes since your previous exam application.

If you are a graduate:

Your medical degree/diploma must be in progress of source verification or have been successfully sourced verified.

What is MCCEE?

The Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) is a four-hour computer-based exam that assesses your basic medical knowledge and readiness to enter your first year of supervised postgraduate training in Canada. It includes 180 multiple-choice questions covering:

  • Child health
  • Maternal health
  • Adult health
  • Mental health
  • Population health and ethics

Many questions focus on general practice. To see a sample MCCEE question, view an online demo or learn more about the exam objectives, visit our MCCEE preparation resources page. You can take the MCCEE in English or French.

Who is eligible for MCCEE?

You must take the MCCEE if you want to practice medicine in Canada and have graduated or are within 20 months of graduating from a medical school outside Canada or the U.S. identified by a Canada Sponsor Note in the World Directory of Medical Schools, or A U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine.

How do I take the MCCEE?

To apply for the MCCEE, create an account at www.physiciansapply.ca and follow the steps after you log into the portal. Once you have paid your application fee, your MCCEE application has been reviewed and you have received your “Authorization to Test” number, you can schedule your exam at one of the more than 500 test centers operated by our global partner, Prometric.

What is MCCQE Part 1?

The MCCQE Part I is a one-day, computer-based test that assesses the competence of candidates who have obtained their medical degree, for entry into supervised clinical practice in postgraduate training programs. The MCCQE Part I assess knowledge, clinical skills, and attitudes as outlined by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Objectives.

You are allowed up to 3.5 hours in the morning session to complete 196 Multiple-Choice Questions. You are allowed up to 4 hours in the afternoon session for the Clinical Decision-Making component, which consists of short-menu and short-answer write-in questions.

You must take and pass the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I to obtain the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC). Canadian medical regulatory authorities may require you to have the LMCC to apply for a medical license within their province or territory.

For more information, contact us or email us at prepfromccee@gmail.com

How to apply for MCCQE1?

You can apply for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I during designated periods through your www.physiciansapply.ca account. You will only be able to apply if you meet the eligibility requirements. For application dates, see Examination at a glance and Proposed future MCCQE Part I dates.

What are eligibility requirements for MCCQE1?

You can apply to the MCCQE Part I as a medical student or graduate. Your medical school must be accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) or the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) (in the U.S.) for you to challenge the MCCQE Part I directly, without first having to take other MCC exams.

If your school is not accredited by CACMS or the LCME, but is accepted in Canada as per the World Directory of Medical Schools, or is a U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine, you must first pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluation Examination (MCCEE) before applying to the MCCQE Part I.

When you apply, your www.physiciansapply.ca account will guide you through the process and indicate the documents that you need to submit as part of your application.

To be eligible as a student:

You must be expected to fully complete all requirements to graduate on the following dates:

  • Spring session: by Nov. 30 of the same calendar year
  • Fall session: by March 30 of the following calendar year

Please note, that if you are a Canadian medical student or a U.S. medical student, you will also be required to submit a certified copy of a valid/non-expired passport.

To be eligible as a graduate:

Your medical degree/diploma must be in progress of source verification or have been successfully sourced verified. Please note, however, that if you are a Canadian medical graduate, you will also be required to submit a certified copy of a valid/non-expired passport.

If you are an international medical graduate (IMG), a U.S. graduate, or a graduate from a U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine, and ONLY if you have not already done so, you must create a source verification request through your www.physiciansapply.ca account, and submit a copy of your final medical degree diploma.

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