Medical Council of Canada


Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I

What is the MCCQE Part I?

The MCCQE Part I is a one-day, computer-based test that assesses the competence of candidates who have obtained their medical degree, for entry into supervised clinical practice in postgraduate training programs. The MCCQE Part I assesses knowledge, clinical skills and attitudes as outlined by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) Objectives.

You are allowed up to 3.5 hours in the morning session to complete 196 Multiple-Choice Questions. You are allowed up to 4 hours in the afternoon session for the Clinical Decision Making component, which consists of short-menu and short-answer write-in questions.

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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

Application is now open.

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 the end of June.

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