Results

Release of results
How results are communicated
Fails
Rescore requests
Appeals
Validity period of the MCCEE pass result

Release of results

Approximately seven weeks after the last day of the examination session, candidates will receive an email notification stating that they can verify their pass/fail result through their physiciansapply.ca accounts. The Statement of Results and the supplemental feedback report will be posted in candidates’ physiciansapply.ca accounts shortly thereafter. In order to prevent errors or fraud and for reasons of confidentiality, results cannot be given over the phone, by fax or by email.

How results are communicated

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) issues candidates a Statement of Results through their physiciansapply.ca account. The Statement of Results includes the candidate’s final result and total score as well as the score that was required to pass the examination. The MCC also provides supplemental feedback on candidates’ examination performance through their physiciansapply.ca accounts. The MCC has also prepared a help file to assist candidates in interpreting their MCCEE supplemental feedback report.

Candidates applying to an organization that requires submission of certified copies of the Statement of Results or the supplemental feedback report can request that the MCC send certified copies. There is an administrative fee for this service.

Fails

The MCC does not limit the number of times a candidate may attempt the MCCEE. However, candidates with a pass result on the MCCEE cannot retake the examination in an attempt to obtain a higher score.

Rescore requests

Only candidates who have failed the MCCEE can request a rescoring of their examination; candidates with a pass result are not eligible for the rescoring service. Requests for a rescoring from candidates who failed the examination will be accepted up to three months following the date of the examination, upon receipt of a written request and a credit card payment of the applicable fee.

Candidates can choose between two rescoring options:

    1. Rescoring by the MCC
    2. Rescoring with the candidate present at the MCC’s office

After the examination, final results are verified at least three times before being sent to candidates. Borderline results (i.e., those within a close range of the passing score) undergo increased review.

Given the additional scrutiny that the MCC gives to borderline results, it is unlikely that rescoring the examination will produce a change in result. Three potential outcomes can occur as a result of the rescoring of the examination: no change in score, change in score but no change in the fail result, or change in score and change in fail to pass result. If the rescoring produces a change in score or a change in final result and score, the MCC will issue a new Statement of Results and supplemental feedback report to the candidate through his or her physiciansapply.ca account.

Appeals

Any MCCEE candidate who has been denied standing, including any denial of entry to future examinations, or who considers that the results of an examination have been prejudiced by the conduct of the examination may appeal to the Central Examination Committee. Candidates cannot seek to appeal the content on the examination.

Any candidate wishing to launch an appeal must notify the Director of the MCC’s Evaluation Bureau in writing within 45 days of the decision of the Evaluating Examination Composite Committee. For more information on the appeal process for the MCCEE, please review the guidelines for appeal.

Validity period of the MCCEE pass result

In November 2005, the policy that limited the validity period of the MCCEE pass result to five years was abolished. Therefore, there are no longer any restrictions on a candidate’s pass result on the MCCEE. The expiry date on the MCCEE result letters issued prior to November 2005 no longer applies. This policy change applies only to candidates whose last MCCEE status is a pass result, regardless of when and how long ago the examination was taken.

The Canadian regulatory and educational bodies have been advised of this change and have access to candidates’ examination result history and current status. MCCEE result letters that refer to the five-year validity period will not be re-issued.