Release of results
Examination results are confirmed by the MCC Central Examination Committee, which meets in June for the spring administration and in December for the fall administration. After result confirmation, candidates will receive an email notification stating that they can verify their pass/fail result through their physiciansapply.ca account. The Statement of Results and the supplemental feedback report will be posted in candidates’ physiciansapply.ca accounts shortly thereafter.
To prevent errors or fraud and for reasons of confidentiality, results cannot be given over the phone, by fax or by email.
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.
How results are communicated
The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) issues a Statement of Results and a Supplemental Feedback Report to candidates 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. Additionally, the Statement of Results includes the mean and standard deviation, which fluctuate across sessions. Given this, candidate performance should continue to be reviewed in context of the pass score for the examination. The purpose of the supplemental feedback report is to provide candidates with supplemental information on their relative strengths and weaknesses, based on their performance across the different domains that were assessed by the test form of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I that was administered.
MCC is continually enhancing the information provided through both the Statement of Results and the Supplemental Feedback Report. See the Scoring page for additional information about the latest enhancements to the Supplemental Feedback Report.
The MCC does not limit the number of times a candidate may attempt the MCCQE Part I. However, candidates who have been awarded a pass result on the MCCQE Part I cannot retake the examination in an attempt to obtain a higher score.
Limited exam attempts starting in January 2018
Beginning in January 2018, you may take the MCCQE Part I a maximum of four times. A one-year waiting period will be required between the third and fourth attempts. After four attempts, in exceptional personal circumstances, you can appeal the Central Examination Committee (CEC) for special permission to make a fifth attempt.
Exam attempts before 2018 do not count toward the total limit; the count starts in 2018. As well, a result of “no standing” does not count as an attempt. However, failing or a status of “denied standing” are considered attempts.
Rescores are available to candidates who have failed the MCCQE Part I; candidates with a pass result are not eligible for this service. Final results are verified at least twice before being sent to candidates. Borderline results (i.e., those within a close range of the passing score) undergo additional reviews.
Given this extensive verification process, it is unlikely that a rescore will change the final result. However, if eligible candidates wish to proceed with this service, they must follow the steps below within six weeks of the date on their Statement of Results:
- Send a message through their physiciansapply.ca account with MCCQE Part I Rescore in the subject line
- Submit a completed Credit card authorization form
MCC will refund the candidate’s rescore fees and issue new results documents if the process leads to a change in the final result (i.e., change from fail to pass).
Reconsiderations and appeals
If you consider your exam day performance at the MCCQE Part I to have been affected by the following:
- procedural irregularities
- emergent circumstances
OR if you have been denied a final result (including being denied entry to future MCC exams), you may request to have your MCCQE Part I results reconsidered by the MCC.
To request a reconsideration of your MCCQE Part I final result, follow the steps below:
- Send us a message through your physiciansapply.ca account within 15 calendar days of the date indicated on your Statement of Results.
- Use Reconsideration of MCCQE Part I result as the subject line of your message.
- Provide detailed information about why you are requesting a reconsideration of your MCCQE Part I results in the body of your message.
Once your request is received, it will be reviewed by the Executive Director who has the authority to determine whether the request for reconsideration will be heard by the Central Examination Committee (CEC). You will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account when a decision has been made within four weeks of the date the request was submitted.
Candidates may not request a reconsideration based on the content of the examination. In addition, you may be asked to submit documentation to support your request for reconsideration.
It is strongly recommended that, if you have an emergent circumstance on exam day potentially impacting your performance, to contact the MCC or advise the exam site staff prior to the start of the examination.
Once you have received the Central Examination Committee’s (CEC) reconsideration decision, you may choose to appeal its decision. Please note that an appeal administration fee will apply.
To appeal the CEC’s reconsideration decision, follow the steps below:
- Send us a message through your physiciansapply.ca account within 30 days of the date indicated on CEC’s reconsideration decision letter.
- Use Appeal of CEC’s reconsideration decision as the subject line of your message.
- Provide detailed information about why you are requesting an appeal of the CEC’s reconsideration decision in the body of your message.
- Indicate if you wish the appeal to be heard in English or in French.
- Submit a completed Credit card authorization form.
- Check the box next to Other Fee and indicate Appeal of CEC’s reconsideration decision in the space provided.
- Indicate the applicable fee.
- Send the completed Credit card authorization form by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by fax (613-248-5234).
Once your request is received, it will be reviewed by the Executive Director. You will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account once the review is complete, within three weeks of the date your request for an appeal was submitted.