Medical Council of Canada

Centre selection

Centre selection

Centre selection and assignment

The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II is held twice a year on a weekend in the spring and in the fall. The exam is offered in English across the country, except in Quebec and Sherbrooke where it is available in French. In Montreal, the exam is offered in English and French.

After your application to the MCCQE Part II has been accepted, you will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account regarding your centre assignment. The message will be sent in late February for the spring exam and in late August for the fall exam.

How to select your centre preference

During the application process to the MCCQE Part II, you will be asked to choose up to three exam centres in order of preference. The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) will make every attempt to accommodate your centre preferences. If you choose only one centre, your likelihood of being assigned to it will not improve. You will also be asked whether you would accept being assigned to another centre if the MCC cannot accommodate your centre choices.

If you selected the Montreal centre, you will be asked whether you want to take the exam in English or in French.

How to report a scheduling conflict to the MCC

If you have a significant scheduling conflict, you must send a message through your physiciansapply.ca account when you apply to the exam, or at the very latest before you are assigned to your centre. The request must be accompanied by supporting documentation. If it is approved, a pre-scheduling fee will apply.

How you are notified of your centre assignment

You will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account regarding your centre assignment in late February for the spring exam and in late August for the fall exam.

If you indicated in your application that you would not accept assignment to a centre outside of your choices, and if the MCC could not accommodate your preferences, we will withdraw your application and will credit your account the refundable portion of your exam fee (that is, the exam fee minus the withdrawal examination fee).

However, if you indicated in your application that you would accept assignment to other centers, we will assign you to the nearest available centre.

Approximately two weeks following centre assignment, we will send you a message through your physiciansapply.ca account on your exam package with instructions on how to view and print it.

How to request a centre change after centre assignment

Opportunities for centre changes are rare once the centre assignment process has taken place. If you do want to request a centre change for the fall 2017 session, please submit your written request through your physiciansapply.ca account by September 1, 2017. If we can process your request and there is space at your requested centre, we will apply the centre change fee to your account.