National Assessment Collaboration Examination
You must take the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination if you want to apply to a Canadian residency program.
For information on the NAC Examination eligibility requirements, visit the Application and eligibility page.
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What is the NAC Examination?
The NAC Examination is a one-day exam that assesses your readiness to enter a Canadian residency program. It is a national, standardized examination that tests the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for entrance into postgraduate training in Canada.
It is an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) that includes a series of stations where you are presented with typical clinical scenarios. It includes problems in:
You are rated by physician examiners on up to nine different competencies per station. These competencies include:
- History taking
- Physical examination
- Organizational skills
- Communication skills
- Language fluency
- Data interpretation
- Therapeutics and management
Click here for the full definition of each of these competencies.
You can take the NAC Examination in English or French at designated centres.
To find out how to prepare for the NAC Examination, including common mistakes that candidates make, and to learn more about the exam objectives, visit our NAC Examination preparation resources page.
Why should I take the NAC Examination?
The NAC Examination is required to apply to a Canadian residency program. The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) accepts NAC Examination results as part of match application packages.
The NAC Examination is not required to obtain the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada, and a pass does not guarantee a residency training position in Canada.
How do I take the NAC Examination?
You can apply to the NAC Examination during designated application periods through your physiciansapply.ca account. Your results will be accepted by residency programs directors regardless of where you take the exam. You do not have to take the examination in the province where you will be applying for residency.
Examination at a glance
|Examination session||Examination centres*||Application information|
March 10, 2018
Montreal (E and F)
Application is now open until 11:59 p.m., ET on Dec. 5, 2017.
* The centres are subject to change.
Results are available up to seven weeks after the examination date. See Results for more information.
For information regarding centre assignment, please visit the Centre selection page.
Proposed future NAC Examination dates
Please find below additional information on the September 2018 NAC Examination dates.
|Session||Exam dates||Expected application opening timeframe|
|Saturday, Sept. 8||Alta.
|Sunday, Sept. 9||B.C.
|Saturday, Sept. 15||Man.
|Sunday, Sept. 16||Man.
Will the NAC Examination change?
As of 2018 and 2019, we will be making changes to our examination program, impacting all of our examinations, including the NAC Examination.
For more information on these changes, please visit mccevolution.ca.