Application and eligibility

Requirements for first-time applicants
Requirements for repeat applicants
Application to the NAC examination
Processing of your application
Timing of MCCEE and NAC examination for candidates seeking a residency position on July 1, 2017
Accessibility and test accommodations
Application to future NAC examinations


Requirements for first-time applicants

  • Candidates must be a/an:
    • International medical graduate;
    • International medical student;
    • Graduate of a U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine; or
    • Student of a U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Candidates must also have passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE)
    • Candidates need to take the MCCEE first to determine whether they have the basic medical knowledge for the NAC exam.
    • This requirement ensures that only those who are most likely to have success incur the expenses related to taking the NAC exam in Canada.
      • Students
        • Candidates are not required to resubmit a Student Attestation Form if they already did so when applying for the MCCEE.
          • However, if there are changes since submitting the Student Attestation Form, another form will be required reflecting the changes.
      • Graduates
        • Candidates who graduated since applying for the MCCEE must create a source verification request (SVR) for their diploma/degree through their account and submit a copy of their diploma/degree.

Requirements for repeat applicants

    • The NAC examination can only be taken once per calendar year.
    • The NAC examination can be taken a maximum of three times (effective 2011).
    • Eligible candidates who have a pass standing on the NAC examination (most recent result) will not be eligible to retake the examination (effective 2015).
    • In the event of a fail standing in 2011 or later, eligible candidates can attempt the examination once per calendar year, to a maximum of three attempts.
    • A candidate’s most recent result remains valid indefinitely (no longer expires). If a candidate takes the examination more than once, the most recent result will be the valid result.

Application to the NAC examination

          • Candidates can apply for the NAC through their account only during specific application periods indicated under Examination at a glance.
          • Please note that the option to apply to the examination will only appear in the candidate’s account during specific application periods and only if the candidate meets all eligibility requirements.

Processing of your application

Please allow up to three weeks for the processing of your application.

          • If the system determines that all documentation required to confirm your examination eligibility has already been reviewed and accepted by the MCC, you may quickly receive another communication confirming acceptance of your examination application.

Timing of MCCEE and NAC examination for candidates seeking a residency position on July 1, 2017:

  • Candidates graduating in spring 2017 will be able to apply for the MCCEE 20 months before their graduation date, i.e., as of fall 2015. Previously, the requirement was for students to take the MCCEE in the final 12 months of their medical school program. The change from 12 months to 20 months was made to enable international medical students to challenge both the MCCEE and the NAC examination prior to the CaRMS deadline.
  • Once their application to the MCCEE is accepted, these candidates must take the MCCEE by the March 2016 session. The March 2016 session is the last possible chance for candidates to take the MCCEE if they also wish to take the NAC examination prior to the 2017 CaRMS R-1 Match.
  • Candidates who have taken the MCCEE in March 2016 or earlier and who have received a pass result can apply for the September 2016 NAC examination in spring 2016.
  • Results from the September 2016 NAC examination will be provided in time for the CaRMS application process for the 2017 R-1 Residency Match.

Timing of MCCEE and NAC


Accessibility and test accommodations

Please review the accessibility and test accommodations information and instructions.

Application to future NAC examination sessions

To receive a notice when registration opens for future examination sessions, submit your email address below. The MCC will send this notification to your email address and not through your account. The MCC cannot guarantee that the email notification will reach your inbox.