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 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 deadline Examination centres*
Spring 2014 $950

Main application deadline:
Wed., Jan. 8, 2014


Next application deadline: 
Wed., Jan. 22, 2014


Final application deadline: 
Wed., Feb. 5, 2014

See Late applications

Atla. Calgary, Edmonton
Apr. 28
May 15,
After Jan. 8, 2014:
(includes a
late fee of $167)
B.C. Prince George, Vancouver, Victoria
Man. Winnipeg
N.B. Moncton
N.L. St. John’s
After Jan. 22, 2014:
(includes a
50% late fee)
N.S. Halifax
Ont. Hamilton, Kingston, London, Mississauga, Ottawa, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Toronto
Que. Chicoutimi, Montreal, Quebec, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivieres
Sask. Saskatoon

*The centres are subject to change.

Clarification regarding examination centres, dates and language:

  • To review the eligibility requirements, click the link that applies to your situation on the Application information page.

  • For information regarding centre assignment, please visit the Scheduling page

  • All centres will run a minimum of one day
  • 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. Centres in Quebec will offer support primarily in French, whereas centres in the rest of the country offer support primarily in English. The exceptions are the Ottawa and Montreal centres, which offer support in both official languages.