Results

Release of results
Validity period of a pass result on the NAC examination
Retaking the examination
Rescore requests
Reconsiderations and appeals

Release of results

Examination results are confirmed by the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination Committee and are released by the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) through physiciansapply.ca six to eight weeks after the examination date. The MCC also provides supplemental feedback on candidates’ examination performance through their physiciansapply.ca account. Candidates will be able to share their results with the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) and other organizations registered with physiciansapply.ca. For reasons of confidentiality, results cannot be given verbally, by fax or by email.

Validity period of a pass result on the NAC examination

A candidate’s most recent result remains valid indefinitely (no longer expires). If a candidate takes the NAC examination more than once, the most recent result will be the only valid result.

Retaking the examination

The NAC examination can be attempted once per calendar year and can be taken a maximum of three times (effective from 2011). Eligible candidates who have a pass standing on the NAC examination (most recent result) will not be eligible to retake the exam (effective from 2015).

Rescore requests

Rescores are available to candidates who have failed the NAC Examination; candidates with a pass result are not eligible for this service. Final results are verified at least three times before being sent to candidates. Borderline results (i.e., those within a close range of the passing score) undergo additional reviews.

Given this extensive verification process, it is unlikely that a rescore will change the final result. However, if eligible candidates wish to proceed with this service, they must follow the steps below within six weeks of the date on their Statement of Results:

  1. Send a message through their physiciansapply.ca account with NAC Exam Rescore in the subject line
  2. Submit a completed Credit card authorization form
    1. Check the box next to Other Fee and indicate Rescore for NAC Exam in the space provided
    2. Indicate the applicable fee
    3. Send the completed Credit card authorization form by email (service@mcc.ca) or by fax (613-248-5234)

MCC will refund the candidate’s rescore fees and issue new results documents if the process leads to a score increase.

A rescore includes the following steps:

  • Authentication of all parts of your examination, including a complete file review (incident reports and physician comments)
  • Verification of the computer-scanned answer sheets for anomalies (torn sheets, stray marks, ink marks, etc.
  • Verification of raw computer data against physician-completed answer sheets
  • Verification of the computer file scores against those reported in the result letter

A rescore does NOT include a re-evaluation of the candidate’s performance.

Reconsiderations and appeals

Reconsiderations

If you consider your exam day performance at the NAC Examination to have been affected by the following:

  • procedural irregularities
  • emergent circumstances
  • illness

OR if you have been denied a final result (including being denied entry to future MCC exams), you may request to have your NAC Examination results reconsidered by the MCC.

To request a reconsideration of your NAC Examination final result, follow the steps below:

  1. Send us a message through your physiciansapply.ca account within 15 calendar days of the date indicated on your Statement of Results.
  2. Use Reconsideration of NAC Examination final result as the subject line of your message.
  3. Provide detailed information about why you are requesting a reconsideration of your NAC Examination results in the body of your message.

Once your request is received, it will be reviewed by the Executive Director who has the authority to determine whether the request for reconsideration will be heard by the NAC Examination Committee (NEC). You will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account when a decision has been made within four weeks of the date the request was submitted.

Candidates may not request a reconsideration based on the content of the examination. In addition, you may be asked to submit documentation to support your request for reconsideration.

It is strongly recommended that, if you have an emergent circumstance on exam day potentially impacting your performance, to contact the MCC or advise the exam site staff prior to the start of the examination.

Appeals

Once you have received the National Assessment Collaboration Examination Committee’s (NEC) reconsideration decision, you may choose to appeal its decision. Please note that an appeal administration fee will apply.

To appeal the NEC’s reconsideration decision, follow the steps below:

  1. Send us a message through your physiciansapply.ca account within 30 days of the date indicated on the NEC’s reconsideration decision letter.
  2. Use Appeal of NEC’s reconsideration decision as the subject line of your message.
  3. Provide detailed information about why you are requesting an appeal of the NEC’s reconsideration decision in the body of your message.
  4. Indicate if you wish the appeal to be heard in English or in French.
  5. Submit a completed Credit card authorization form.
    1. Check the box next to Other Fee and indicate Appeal of NEC’s reconsideration decision in the space provided.
    2. Indicate the applicable fee.
    3. Send the completed Credit card authorization form by email (service@mcc.ca) or by fax (613-248-5234).

Once your request is received, it will be reviewed by the Executive Director. You will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account once the review is complete, within three weeks of the date your request for an appeal was submitted.