Medical Council of Canada

Exam Day

Exam Day

Arrival/Check-in procedures

At a test centre: Please consult the Prometric test centre check-in page for more information.

Duration of the TDM Examination

The exam session includes: your registration at the Prometric test centre, an online tutorial and short video on test security, and three hours to answer all questions. There is an optional survey upon completion of the examination. There is no scheduled break during the exam.

During the exam, there is a total of 40 cases with approximately 100 short answer write-in questions. You can flag questions and return to those questions at any point throughout the duration of the exam. You can also highlight parts of the case or the questions.

The progress bar tracks answered questions throughout the entire exam; it does not include optional survey questions.

The exam application will track how much time you have left. The timer within the exam application cannot be stopped once you begin the exam. You will receive warnings as you approach 30 minutes, 15 minutes, and 5 minutes before the end of your exam. Your exam is over when you submit the exam or run out of time, whichever happens first.

You may not leave the exam room during the TDM Examination without first notifying a Prometric staff member. Please note that the exam timer will continue to run during unscheduled breaks, and you will be required to undergo security check-in procedures upon return. No outside contact is allowed during the exam session.

When the exam is over, a notice confirming that you have completed the TDM Examination will be displayed on the computer screen. A 7-day policy to report procedural irregularities or incidents that may have negatively impacted your performance on exam day will also be displayed. This notice will not include your total score or final result.

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Reporting illnesses and incidents

Illness or extenuating circumstances

If you are unwell or have extenuating circumstances that might negatively affect your performance on exam day and you want to withdraw from the exam, please notify Prometric staff immediately before starting the exam. Follow the steps below:

  1. Complete the Discontinuation of examination form.
  2. Submit a message through your physiciansapply.ca account notifying the MCC of your decision.

Additional details on the implications of withdrawing from the exam are within the discontinuation form.

If you have already started the exam and you decide to withdraw, notify Prometric staff immediately and complete the steps above.

Illness or extenuating circumstances
Technical difficulties

Please notify Prometric staff immediately if you experience technical difficulties during the exam.

Technical difficulties
Exam day incidents

If you experience a procedural irregularity or incident that may negatively affect your performance, please notify Prometric staff and notify the MCC by submitting a message through your physiciansapply.ca account within the next seven days.

The MCC may not thoroughly investigate concerns relating to exam day incidents reported after seven days past your scheduled exam appointment.

If you choose to start the exam, it will count as an attempt, even if you cannot finish it.

Exam day incidents

Conduct and behaviour

You will be monitored by Prometric staff while taking the exam. The MCC will video record (with or without audio) the invigilation of the exam in accordance with the TDM Examination Terms and Conditions you accepted at the time of application. At test centres where video cameras are installed, notices will be posted informing you that the session is being recorded. Any personal information captured in these recordings will be treated according to the MCC Privacy Policy.

Speaking to anyone other than Prometric staff during your exam appointment is prohibited and access to any communication or transmitting devices, including phones or tablets, during the exam is not permitted. You must complete the TDM Examination on your own; providing or receiving assistance with completion of the TDM Examination is prohibited and a breach of the TDM Examination Terms and Conditions. If you appear to be giving or receiving information during the exam, the Prometric staff member in charge of the exam can immediately terminate your exam. Prometric staff members must make a full report of all such occurrences to MCC.

All TDM Examination materials, including the content and questions comprising the TDM Examination, are protected by copyright and are to be kept confidential. You are permitted to use the TDM Examination materials solely for the purpose of completing the TDM Examination. You must not disseminate, reproduce, share or reveal to others the exam materials and content, in whole or in part, at any time in any way, even after the exam ends. Comparing exam content and question themes with your colleagues, sharing content with future exam candidates and posting content online are considered breaches of confidentiality.

Any breach of the TDM Examination Terms and Conditions will be considered irregular behaviour for which MCC may take appropriate action, in accordance with the TDM Examination Terms and Conditions you accepted at time of application.

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