Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II

The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II assesses the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for medical licensure in Canada prior to entry into independent clinical practice.

This examination consists of a series of clinical stations including pilot stations that do not count towards a candidate’s total score. At each station, a brief written statement introduces a clinical problem and directs the candidate to appropriately examine a standardized (simulated) patient as well as perform activities such as:

  • obtaining a focused history
  • conducting a focused physical examination
  • assessing and addressing the patient’s issues
  • answering specific questions related to the patient
  • interpreting x-rays or the results of other investigations
  • making a diagnosis
  • writing admission orders

This examination includes problems in Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Preventive Medicine and Community Health, Psychiatry and Surgery, as well as in similar disciplines considered essential for competence in general medicine and health care.

Application to the spring 2016 MCCQE Part II

As a result of the new exam structure for family medicine starting in 2016, MCC is seeing increased candidate demand for the MCCQE Part II across sessions. Capacity limits were in place for the fall 2015 MCCQE Part II. Candidates who attempted to apply for the fall 2015 MCCQE Part II after capacity limits had been reached were able to select to be added to a pre-registration list for the spring 2016 MCCQE Part II.

Candidates on the pre-registration list will be able to apply during the pre-registration period in November 2015. General registration, which will open after the pre-registration period, will be available to all physicians who have completed their training or who are in their second year of postgraduate training (PGY-2) or above. MCC will have enough capacity during the pre-registration and general registration periods for all eligible PGY-2+ candidates (including physicians who have completed their training).

New this year – PGY-1 candidates completing their first year of residency by June 30, 2016 will be eligible to challenge the spring 2016 MCCQE Part II. Limited space will be available for PGY-1 candidates in the spring 2016 session. As a result, the application process for PGY-1 candidates who are interested in taking the spring 2016 exam is the following:

  1. During general registration, PGY-1 candidates will start the application process
  2. The system will prompt them to add their name to a pre-application list
  3. After the general registration period closes in early January, the MCC will use this list to randomly select candidates. The number of selected candidates will be based on available exam capacity.
  4. Selected candidates will be sent a message through their account inviting them to submit an application for the exam
  5. The other candidates on the pre-application list will be notified through their account that they were not selected

To obtain additional information on MCCQE Part II eligibility changes and the application process, see our Questions and Answers document.

Examination at a glance

Dates Fee Application information Examination centres* Results
Spring 2016 $2,409
*Pre-registration will open
the week of Nov. 16, 2015


General registration will open on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 and close on Jan. 6, 2016


Alta. Calgary (E), Edmonton (E) 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.
April 30
May 1
B.C. Victoria (E), Vancouver (E)
Man. Winnipeg (E)
N.L. St. John’s (E)
N.S. Halifax (E)
Ont. Hamilton (E), Kingston (E), London (E), Ottawa (E), Sudbury (E), Toronto (E)
Que. Montreal I (E), Montreal II (F), Quebec (F), Sherbrooke (F)
Sask. Saskatoon (E)

* Please note that the pre-registration period is available only to the candidates who were placed on the pre-registration list further to attempting to apply to the fall 2015 MCCQE Part II.

*The centres are subject to change.

  • For information regarding centre assignment, please visit the Centre selection page
  • The MCCQE Part II centres are not bilingual; each centre is designated as either English (E) or French (F)
  • Candidates will be scheduled for two short sessions over the two days of the weekend

Proposed future MCCQE Part II dates

Session Exam dates Expected application opening timeframe
Fall 2016 Oct. 29 and 30 (confirmed) May 2016

Notice for fall 2016 MCCQE Part II – General registration

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