Application and eligibility

How to apply for the MCCEE

To apply for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE), you must have graduated or be within 20 months of graduating from:

  • A medical school outside Canada or the U.S. that is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools. Please see our latest news post regarding IMED and WDMS for more information.
  • A U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine

Applying for the MCCEE
To apply for the MCCEE, you must open an account at physiciansapply.ca or log into your existing account and submit all of the requested documentation. You can proceed with your MCCEE application while your documents are being reviewed/verified. Click here to learn more about the types of documents required to apply for the MCCEE.

If the MCC has previously reviewed all the necessary documentation, you may receive quick notification that your MCCEE application has been accepted. Otherwise, please allow up to three weeks for your application to be processed.

After your application is accepted, you will have one year to take the MCCEE at a Prometric test centre. This one-year period is called the eligibility window. Your eligibility window expires once you take (or withdraw from) the exam.

Accessibility and test accommodations
If you have a documented disability or special need, you may be able to receive accommodations to help you take the MCCEE. Visit the Accessibility and test accommodations page to learn more.

How to extend your eligibility window
If you do not think you will be able to take the MCCEE within one year, you are allowed to extend your eligibility window by an additional 12 months. This involves paying an administration fee. If the exam fees have increased since you originally applied for the MCCEE, you will also need to pay the difference. These fees are non-refundable.

Two months before your eligibility window expires, you will receive a message in your physiciansapply.ca account with instructions on how to extend your eligibility window. If you do not extend your window at that time, you will receive a second reminder one month before the expiry date. After that second reminder, if you have not extended your window and not yet taken the MCCEE, you will be withdrawn automatically and given a partial refund. For more details about refunds, see the Fees page.

You can safely ignore these messages if you have already scheduled or taken the MCCEE.

You may request only one extension per MCCEE application.

Reapplying for the MCCEE
If you previously applied as a student and your expected date of graduation has changed, you must submit a new student attestation that will be available during the online application.

If you previously applied as a student and are now a graduate, you will need to submit a copy of your final medical degree/diploma and request to have it source verified.

Applicants who have previously submitted their final medical degree/diploma are not required to resubmit it.

If you want to apply for the NAC Examination
You must successfully pass the MCCEE before taking the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination.

  • For the March NAC Examination, you must pass the MCCEE no later than September of the previous year
  • For the September NAC Examination, you must pass the MCCEE no later than March of the same calendar year

If you would like to apply to the CaRMS R-1 Main Residency Match for first-year residencies, see Timing of MCCEE and NAC Examination.

If you want to apply for the MCCQE Part I
You must take and successfully pass the MCCEE before you can apply for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I.

  • For the fall MCCQE Part I, you must pass the MCCEE no later than May of the same year
  • For the spring MCCQE Part I, you must pass the MCCEE no later than November of the previous year