Centre selection

The National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination is held twice a year on weekends in March and September. The exam is offered in English across the country, except in Montreal where it is available in both English and French.

After your NAC Examination application has been accepted, you will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account on your center assignment in late January (for the March session) or in mid-July (for the September session).

How to select your centre preference

During the application process to the NAC Examination, 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.

The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) will make every attempt to accommodate your centre preferences. If you choose only one centre, your likelihood of being assigned to it will not improve. You will also be asked whether you would accept being assigned to another centre if the MCC cannot accommodate your centre choices.

If you selected the Montreal centre, you will be asked whether you want to take the exam in English or in French.

How to report a scheduling conflict to the MCC

If you have a significant scheduling conflict, you must send a message through your physiciansapply.ca account when you apply to the exam, or at the very latest before you are assigned to your centre. The request must be accompanied by supporting documentation. If it is approved, a centre change request fee will apply.

How you are notified of your centre assignment

You will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account on your center assignment in late January (for the March session) or in mid-July (for the September session).

If you indicated in your application that you would not accept assignment to another centre outside of your choices, and the MCC could not accommodate your preferences, we will withdraw your application and will credit your account the refundable portion of your exam fee (i.e., the exam fee minus the withdrawal examination fee).

However, if you indicated in your application that you would accept assignment to other centres, we will assign you to the nearest available centre.

Approximately two weeks following centre assignment, we will send you a message through your physiciansapply.ca account on your entrance card package with instructions on how to view and print it.

How to request a centre change after centre assignment

Opportunities for centre changes are rare once the centre assignment process has taken place. If you do want to request a centre change for the September 2017 session, please submit your written request through your physiciansapply.ca account by July 21, 2017. If we can process your request and there is space at your requested centre, we will apply the centre change fee to your account.

How to withdraw your NAC Examination application

If you are assigned to take the examination in a given session and you wish to delay taking it until a future session, you will need to withdraw your application and reapply. For more information, see how to withdraw your NAC Examination application.