Application and eligibility

How to apply for the NAC Examination

To apply for the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination, you must have passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE).

Applying for the NAC Examination

You can apply for the NAC Examination during designated periods through your physiciansapply.ca account. You will only be able to apply if you meet the eligibility requirements. For approximate application dates, see Examination at a glance.

During the application process, you will be asked to choose up to three exam centres in order of preference. You do not have to take the exam in the province where you will be applying for residency.

We will make every attempt to accommodate your centre preference(s). If you choose only one centre, your likelihood of being assigned to it does not improve.

If you are a student, you may need to submit:

If you have graduated since your application to the MCCEE, you must submit:

If the MCC has previously reviewed all the necessary documentation, you may receive quick notification that your NAC Examination application has been accepted. Otherwise, please allow up to three weeks for your application to be processed.

Accessibility and test accommodations

If you have a documented disability or special need, you may be able to receive accommodations to help you take the NAC Examination. Visit the Accessibility and test accommodations page to learn more.

Reapplying for the NAC Examination

You can only take the NAC Examination once per calendar year, and up to a maximum of three times overall (effective 2011). If your most recent result is a pass, you cannot retake the exam. Your most recent result on the examination remains valid indefinitely and does not expire.

If you want to apply for the CaRMS R-1 Main Residency Match

If you want to apply to the Canadian Resident Matching Service match process for first-year residencies, you will be required to pass the MCCEE and the NAC Examination.

For students graduating in spring 2018, the timing to apply and take both of these exams for the match process is as follows:

  • You will be able to apply for the MCCEE 20 months before your graduation date. If you are graduating in spring 2018, you will be able to apply to the MCCEE in the fall of 2016.
  • Once your application to the MCCEE is accepted, you must take the MCCEE by the March 2017 session. The March 2017 session is the last possible chance for you to take the MCCEE if you also wish to take the NAC Examination before the 2018 CaRMS R-1 Match.
  • If you have taken the MCCEE in March 2017 or earlier and have passed this exam, you can apply for the September 2017 NAC examination in spring 2017.
  • Results from the September 2017 NAC Examination will be provided in time for the CaRMS application process for the 2018 R-1 Residency Match.

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.

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.