The National Assessment Collaboration Examination

You must take the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination if you want to apply to a Canadian residency program.

You need to pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) before you can apply to the NAC Examination, and some provinces may have additional requirements.

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:

  • Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Gynecology
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery

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

March 2017
Examination session Examination centres* Application information Fee Results
Saturday,
March 18
B.C. Vancouver (E) Application for the March session is now open and will be open until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (ET) on
Dec. 6, 2016.

If your application is accepted, we will send you a message by the end of January on which centre you have been assigned.
$2,390 Results are available
up to seven after the examination date.

See results for more information.
Man. Winnipeg (E)
Ont. Toronto (E)
Que. Montreal (E and F)
Sunday,
March 19
(if required)
Ont. Toronto (E)

* The centres are subject to change.

Examination session for September 2017
Expected application opening timeframe: Early May 2017
Examination session Examination centres*
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 Alta. Calgary
Alta. Edmonton
N.S. Halifax
Ont. Toronto
Sunday,
Sept. 10, 2017
Alta.  Calgary
Alta.  Edmonton
B.C. Vancouver
Ont. Toronto
Saturday,
Sept. 16, 2017
Man. Winnipeg
Ont. Ottawa
Ont. Toronto
Que. Montreal – to be determined
Sunday,
Sept. 17, 2017
Man. Winnipeg
Ont.  Ottawa – To be determined
Ont.  Toronto
Que. Montreal – English and French

For information regarding centre assignment, please visit the Centre selection page.

Can I be notified when application opens to a future session?

If you would like to be notified when application opens for a future session, submit your email address below. Please ensure that you enter the correct address.

Once you submit your email address, you will receive a welcome email, which is your confirmation that you have been added to the distribution list.

We will send you the application opening notification through your email account, and not through your physiciansapply.ca account. Unfortunately, the MCC cannot guarantee that the email notification will reach your inbox.

Submit your email address

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.