Results

When and how you will receive your NAC Examination results

Approximately four to six weeks after the exam date, you will receive a notification by email and a message in your physiciansapply.ca account stating that you can verify your final National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination result (e.g., pass, fail) through your account. Shortly after you receive this message, two documents will be uploaded to your account:

  • The Statement of Results (SOR) includes your final result and total NAC Examination score as well as the score that was required to pass the examination
  • The Supplemental Feedback Report (SFR) provides additional feedback on your exam performance, including your subscores and a comparison to other candidates

To prevent fraud and protect confidentiality, your NAC Examination results are never given over the phone or by email.

If you are applying to an organization that requires you to submit certified copies of your SOR or SFR, you can request that the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) prepare and send these copies on your behalf. There is an administrative fee for this service.

You also have the option to share your results online with various medical organizations across Canada including the Canadian Resident Matching Service. This option is available free of charge through your physiciansapply.ca account.

Retaking the examination

If you fail the NAC Examination, you may be eligible to retake it. The exam can be attempted once per calendar year to a maximum of three times (effective 2011). If your most recent result on the exam is a pass, you are not eligible to retake it.

How long a NAC Examination pass result is valid

There are no time restrictions on a pass result for the NAC Examination, regardless of when or how long ago the exam was taken. If you took the NAC Examination more than once, the most recent result will be the only valid result.

Having your NAC Examination rescored

You may request to have your exam rescored only if you failed the NAC Examination. (If you received a pass result, you are not eligible for the rescoring service).

Rescoring your examination is unlikely to change your final NAC Examination result, as your results are verified at least three times before they are sent to you. If you still wish to have your NAC Examination rescored, you need to follow the steps below within six weeks of receiving your SOR:

  1. Send us a message through your physiciansapply.ca account using “NAC Examination rescore” in the subject line.
  2. Submit a completed Credit card authorization form to service@mcc.ca or by fax to 613-248-5234
    When completing this form, be sure to:

    • Check the box next to “Other Fee” and indicate “Rescore for NAC Examination” in the space provided
    • Indicate the applicable fee for this service

There are three possible outcomes from the rescoring process:

  • No change in your NAC Examination score
  • Change in your NAC Examination score but no change in your final result
  • Change in your NAC Examination score and a change from fail to pass

If there is an improvement in your score, you will receive a refund of the rescoring fee. A new SOR and SFR will also be uploaded to your physiciansapply.ca account.

A rescore includes the following steps:

  • Authentication of all parts of your examination, including a complete file review
  • 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 SOR

A rescore does not include a re-evaluation of your performance.

Requesting a reconsideration or appeal

Reconsiderations

If you consider your exam day performance to have been affected by:

  • procedural irregularities
  • emergent circumstances
  • illness

You may request to have your NAC Examination results reconsidered by the MCC. You can also make this request if you have been denied a final result, including being denied entry to future MCC exams.

To request a reconsideration of your NAC Examination final result, follow the steps below within 15 calendar days of receiving your SOR:

  1. Send us a message through your physiciansapply.ca account indicating “Reconsideration of NAC Examination final result” in the subject line.
  2. Detail information about why you are requesting a reconsideration of your NAC Examination result in the body of your message.

You 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.

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). This determination will be communicated through your physiciansapply.ca account. Should you be granted a reconsideration, you will receive a letter through your physiciansapply.ca account when a decision has been made.

Appeals

Once you have received the NEC’s reconsideration decision, you may choose to appeal it.

To appeal the NEC’s reconsideration decision, follow the steps below within 30 days of the date indicated on the reconsideration decision letter:

  1. Send us a message through your physiciansapply.ca account indicating “Appeal of NEC’s reconsideration decision” in the subject line.
  2. Detail information about why you are requesting an appeal of the NEC’s reconsideration decision in the body of your message, and whether you want the appeal to be heard in English or French.
  3. Submit a completed Credit card authorization form to service@mcc.ca or by fax to 613-248-5234
    When completing this form, be sure to:

    • Check the box next to “Other Fee” and indicate “Appeal of NEC’s reconsideration decision” in the space provided
    • Indicate the applicable appeal administration fee.

    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 you submitted your appeal request.