Medical Council of Canada


Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I

What is the MCCQE Part I?

The MCCQE Part I is a summative examination that assesses the critical medical knowledge and clinical decision-making ability of a candidate at a level expected of a medical student who is completing his or her medical degree in Canada. The examination is based on the MCC Objectives, which are organized under the CanMEDS roles. Candidates graduating and completing the MCCQE Part I normally enter supervised practice. Aside from formal accreditation processes of the undergraduate and postgraduate education programs, the MCCQE Part I is the only national standard for medical schools across Canada and, therefore, is administered at the end of medical school.

The MCCQE Part I is a one-day, computer-based test. Starting in 2018, you are allowed up to four hours in the morning session to complete 210 Multiple-Choice Questions. You are allowed up to 3.5 hours in the afternoon session for the Clinical Decision-Making component, which consists of 38 cases with short-menu and short-answer write-in questions.

The exam is based on a Blueprint that assesses your performance across two broad categories:

  • Dimensions of care, covering the spectrum of medical care;
  • Physician activities, reflecting a physician’s scope of practice and behaviours.

Each category has four domains, and each is assigned a specific content weighting on the exam:

For more information on how to study for the MCCQE Part I, please view our webinar that explains how to organize your preparation making use of the Blueprint and content weightings.

*Note that as of 2018, the MCCQE Part I will feature 38 CDM cases as opposed to 35

You can also visit our exam preparatory resources page.



Examination at a glance

Below is additional information on the upcoming MCCQE Part I session.

Spring 2018 MCCQE Part I
Dates: April 16 to 20, April 23 to 27, April 30 to May 4 and May 7 to 9
Examination centres* Application information Results
Calgary, Edmonton

Fee: $1,105

Applications after 11:59, p.m., Eastern Time on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018: $1,285 (includes a $180 late fee).

Eligibility requirements, see
Application and eligibility.

Main application deadline:
11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (ET) on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018:
$1,658 (includes a 50 per cent late fee).

Final application deadline:
11:59 p.m., ET on
Monday, Jan. 29, 2018.

See Application and eligibility for more information on late applications.

Spring session:

Results for the spring session will be available by early July.

Fall session:

Results for the fall session will be available by the end of December.

Kelowna, Prince George, Vancouver, Victoria
St. John’s
Hamilton, Kingston, London, Mississauga, Ottawa, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto
Chicoutimi, Montreal, Quebec, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières

*The centres are subject to change.

Clarification regarding examination centres, dates and language:

  • For information regarding date selection, visit Scheduling
  • The number of days a particular centre runs depends on the maximum daily space capacity and the demand for that centre
  • The number of days and specific dates a centre delivers the exam vary from centre to centre
  • The specific days a centre delivers the exam depend on a number of factors including availability of its computer labs and may not necessarily be consecutive days
  • You can take the examination in either English or French at any centre. However, staff and technical support may be limited to a specific language.
  • Support at the centres will be offered as follows:
    • In both official languages in the Ottawa and Montreal centres
    • Primarily in French in the Quebec and New Brunswick centres
    • Primarily in English in all other centres
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Proposed future MCCQE Part I dates

Please find below additional information on the proposed future MCCQE Part I dates.

Session Proposed dates Expected application opening timeframe
Fall 2018 Oct. 29 to Nov. 8 May 2018

Will the MCCQE Part I change?

As of 2018 and 2019, we will be making changes to our examination program, impacting all examinations including the MCCQE Part I.

For more information on these changes, please visit