Exam preparation resources

Frequently asked questions
Self Administered Evaluating Examination
Objectives for the Qualifying Examination
MCCEE Online Demo
Multiple-choice question examples
Transition to DSM-5
Reference books

Frequently asked questions

Candidates are encouraged to review the MCCEE frequently asked questions page.

Self Administered Evaluating Examination

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) offers the Self Administered Evaluating Examination, an online 96 multiple-choice question practice examination intended for international medical graduates and international medical students wishing to test their level of preparedness for the MCCEE. Multiple forms are available at any given time. The Self Administered Evaluating Examination (SAE – EE) does not cover all material in the MCCEE. However, it does provide a sample of the type and style of questions that may be found in the MCCEE and can serve as a study aid. All Self Administered Evaluating Examination (EE 1, EE 2, EE 3, EE 4, EE 5) are all at the same level of difficulty, (e.g., EE 5 is not more difficult than EE 1 or EE 2, etc.). Following completion, feedback is immediately emailed to participants on the number of correctly answered questions as well as a comparison of their performance to those of other MCCEE participants.

Objectives for the Qualifying Examination

Using the Objectives for the Qualifying Examination as a study guide may be helpful for candidates preparing for the MCCEE. Note that the objectives are organized in terms of clinical presentations. Under each clinical presentation is a set of learning objectives that are exactly what  candidates have to know for any of the MCC examinations.

When studying for an examination, candidates should systematically go through each clinical presentation and carefully read the related objectives. If candidates feel that their knowledge or skill related to a given objective is
weak, then they know that this objective needs further study and will require them to consult a medical reference/textbook. MCC test committee members use the clinical presentations and learning objectives listed in this resource when creating test questions.

MCCEE Online Demo

NOTICE: Please be advised that the current version of the MCCEE Online Demo is presently being updated and is only intended for information purposes. The latest version will be posted on the MCC website as soon as it is available.

View the MCCEE Online Demo.

The MCCEE Online Demo provides a demonstration of how the computer-based Evaluating Examination operates. Candidates will be able to view a series of screens to familiarize themselves with the computer testing environment. This will give candidates an opportunity to learn about each feature before using it in the actual examination. They will be instructed on how to use the mouse and the different parts of the screen.

The MCCEE Online Demo includes 10 sample questions. The correct answers are not provided and answers to these questions will not be scored. The last screen of the sample test shows the Item Reviewing feature
that replicates what will be seen on the actual examination. The Item Reviewing feature has not been activated for the MCCEE Online Demo and is only shown as an example of the Item Reviewing screen.

Multiple-choice question examples

A free demonstration of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I can be taken online and contains similar multiple-choice questions to those on the MCCEE.

Transition to DSM-5

In May 2013 the American Psychiatric Association published the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

Over 2014 and 2015, the MCCEE computer-based questions will be updated to include the new DSM-5 language. These updated questions will still include the DSM-IV-TR language, which will be featured in brackets after the DSM-5 terminology.

We expect that the first MCCEE administration to include updated questions will be the November 2014 session.

For more information, please visit Medical Council of Canada transition to DSM-5.

Reference books

The MCC has compiled a list of reference books that may be helpful in preparing for the examination.