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:
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||Fee||Results|
|B.C.||Vancouver (E)||Application for the March session is now closed.
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 weeks after the examination date.
See results for more information.
|Que.||Montreal (E and F)|
* 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|
Sept. 10, 2017
Sept. 16, 2017
|Que.||Montreal – to be determined|
Sept. 17, 2017
|Ont.||Ottawa – To be determined|
|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.