Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination
The MCCEE is a screening examination that assesses the basic medical knowledge and problem solving of a candidate at a level comparable to a minimally competent medical student completing his or her medical education in Canada and about to enter supervised practice. It provides the candidate with an estimate of the probability of his or her chances of succeeding in the Canadian system. It is not designed to test uniquely Canadian content. Access is international, with the MCCEE delivered through a service provider at 500 sites in over 80 countries. It is a prerequisite for international medical graduates (IMGs) to challenge the MCCQE Part I, and it is the minimal requirement for an IMG’s entry into postgraduate medical education in Canada.
The 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?
You must take the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) if you want to practise 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
You need to pass the MCCEE before you can take the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I. See the application and eligibility page for all of the MCCEE eligibility criteria.
How do I take the MCCEE?
To apply for the MCCEE, create an account at 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 centres operated by our global partner, Prometric.
Examination at a glance
You can apply to take the MCCEE at any time. Below is a list of upcoming MCCEE session dates. Sessions are held on weekdays, though some test centres may hold examinations on Saturdays or Sundays.
|MCCEE 2017 session dates||Fee||Results|
|Jan. 9 – 22||$1,780||Results are available approx. seven weeks after the last day of the exam session.
See Results for more information.
|March 6 – 26|
|May 1 – 14|
|Sept. 4 – 17|
|Oct. 30 – Nov. 12|
|MCCEE 2018 session dates||Fee||Results|
|Jan. 8 – 21||$1,820||Results are available approx. seven weeks after the last day of the exam session.
See Results for more information.
|March 5 – 25|
|May 7 – 20|
|Sept. 3 – 16|
|Oct. 29 – Nov. 11|
You can find more details on our Scheduling page.
What is the best time for the MCCEE?
You can apply to take the MCCEE any time.
Changes to the MCC’s examination program
Please note that the last session of the MCCEE will be held in November 2018.
Starting in 2019, we will be delivering the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I in Canada and internationally in over 80 countries up to five times per year. Once the MCCQE Part I is offered internationally, all candidates will be challenging this examination directly, without first having to pass the MCCEE. As a result of this change, we will be phasing-out the MCCEE.
For more information on these changes, please visit our news post.