Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I

The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I (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.

The candidate is allowed up to 3 ½ hours in the morning session to complete 196 multiple-choice questions. The candidate is allowed 4 hours in the afternoon session for the clinical decision making component, which consists of short-menu and short-answer write-in questions.

Examination at a glance

Dates Fee Application information Examination centres* Results
Fall 2017 $1,030
Application is now open.

Eligibility requirements, see
Application and eligibility.

Main application deadline:
Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Final application deadline:
11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on
Sunday, July 23, 2017.

See Late applications.

Alta. Calgary, Edmonton Spring session:
Results will be available by the end of June.

Fall session:
Results will be available by the end of December.
Oct. 30 to Nov. 3
Nov. 6 to 9
Applications after 11:59, p.m., Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 12, 2017:

(includes a 50% late fee)
B.C. Prince George, Vancouver, Victoria
Man. Winnipeg
N.L. St. John’s
N.S. Halifax
Ont. Hamilton, Kingston, Mississauga, Ottawa, Toronto
Que. Montreal, Quebec
Sask. Saskatoon

*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 runs vary from centre to centre
  • The specific days a centre runs depend on a number of factors including availability of its computer labs and may not necessarily be consecutive days
  • The examination may be taken 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

Proposed future MCCQE Part I dates

Session Proposed dates (to be confirmed) Expected application opening timeframe
Spring 2018 April 23 to May 10 October 2017

Application to future MCCQE Part I examination sessions

To receive a notice when registration opens for future examination sessions, submit your email address below. The MCC will send this notification to your email address and not through your account. The MCC cannot guarantee that the email notification will reach your inbox.

As of 2018, there will be changes to the MCC’s examination program, impacting all examinations. For more information on these changes, please visit