Self Administered Examination

The Self Administered Examination (SAE) is a series of multiple-choice practice examinations and is intended for graduates of medical schools wishing to test their level of preparedness for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) or the Qualifying Examination Part I (MCCQE Part I).

The Medical Council of Canada offers one SAE, the Self Administered Evaluating Examination (SAE – EE), for candidates preparing to take the MCCEE and another SAE, the Self Administered Qualifying Examination Part I (SAE – QEI), for candidates preparing to take the MCCQE Part I. Several forms (or versions) of both the SAE – EE and SAE – QEI are available. As candidates prepare for the MCCEE or MCCQE Part I, they can take a form, focus on areas where more studying is needed based on the feedback provided, take another form, etc.

The SAE is offered over the Internet and consists of 96 questions from six medical disciplines: Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery. In the SAE-EE, Population, Health, and Ethics (PHE) questions make up the sixth discipline, while in the SAE-QEI, the sixth discipline is made up of questions dealing with Population Health, and the Ethical, Legal, and Organizational aspects of medicine (PHELO). Please note that unlike the MCCQE Part I examination, the SAE – QEI does not contain a clinical decision making component. While there are plans to develop a future version of the SAE – QEI that will contain clinical decision making items, at present the SAE – QEI can only be used to prepare for the multiple-choice component of the MCCQE Part I.

The SAE is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with very few exceptions.

The SAE does not cover all of the material that is covered in the MCCEE or the MCCQE Part I and therefore is not meant to take the place of either of these examinations. It is provided solely as a sample of the type and style of multiple-choice questions that may be found in the MCCEE and MCCQE Part I. It is intended to be a study aid to help participants prepare themselves for the MCCEE and MCCQE Part I.

Visit Examination and service fees to obtain the fee for the Self Administered Examination. Payment must be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). The minimum Internet and system requirements for best results are:

 Internet connection speed:  56 kb or faster
 Software requirements:  Internet Explorer 6 or higher, Netscape 7 or higher, or Firefox

The results of the SAE are for participant use only and the Medical Council of Canada will not store the results with any personal information. Please visit the Medical Council of Canada Privacy Policy for more information. It is important for participants to keep track of the examination forms they have already completed. No refunds will be issued for the selection of the wrong form.

People who take the SAE will be allowed four hours across a seven-day period to complete the examination. Upon completion, or once the four hours of test-taking time or seven-day period expires, the session will terminate. For results to be of the most use, however, it is suggested that the examination be completed within 2 1/2 hours. Upon completion, feedback will be emailed to participants consisting of the number of questions answered correctly and a comparison of participants’ results to those of other MCCEE or MCCQE Part I participants.

Visit the following link to register for the SAE:

SAE Frequently Asked Questions