The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) recognizes that, in some instances, a candidate may experience an exam day incident that prevents a reliable assessment of their knowledge and abilities. As such, the reconsideration process allows for a review of the candidate’s exam day experience to determine whether the incident was likely to have materially affected the delivery of the exam or their performance. Reconsideration takes place after the candidate has received their exam results.
Note: If you are eligible to reapply for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I, you do not need to wait for the outcome of the reconsideration process before applying to retake the exam.
There are two possible outcomes from the reconsideration process:
A No Standing indicates that procedural irregularities or extenuating circumstances you experienced may have materially affected your performance or may have prevented a reliable assessment of your knowledge and abilities. A No Standing does not count as an exam attempt.
A pass or additional marks cannot be granted through the reconsideration process.
There are two types of exam day incidents: extenuating circumstances and procedural irregularities. These are explained in more detail below.
All incidents must be reported directly to the MCC within 7 days of the exam day by sending a message through your physiciansapply.ca account. You must report the incident to the MCC even if the exam provider indicates they will report it on your behalf. The MCC will acknowledge your message and keep this information on file. Post exam survey responses are intended for quality assurance purposes and are not monitored for reports of incidents.
The MCC will not investigate incidents that are reported more than 7 days after the exam day.
Extenuating circumstances are incidents that arise unexpectedly near to or on exam day that could affect a candidate’s performance. Extenuating circumstances (such as acute illness or injury, the death of an immediate family member) must be supported with official documentation. Supporting documents (e.g., a physician’s note, a death certificate) must be on official letterhead, be dated and signed by the issuer and be obtained as close to the exam date as possible. When possible, the documentation should indicate how the extenuating circumstances affected you on exam day.
As indicated on the Exam Day webpages, once you begin the exam, it will count as an attempt, even if you are unable to finish. It is recommended that you consider this carefully if you feel your performance could be affected by extenuating circumstances. Only in rare circumstances is a No Standing awarded in instances of extenuating circumstances.
A procedural irregularity is an event or incident that materially prejudices the delivery, but not the content, of an examination. The MCC investigates these incidents in coordination with our exam sites (e.g., test centres, remote proctoring providers) and by reviewing incident reports submitted by the exam provider or the candidate. These investigations must be conducted as close to the exam day as possible; as such, the MCC requires that candidates report incidents within the seven-day timeline.
If you received a pass result or if you did not report the incident directly to the MCC within 7 days of your exam, you are not eligible for reconsideration. You may not request a reconsideration based on the content of the examination.
To submit a reconsideration request, follow these steps:
Requests received more than 15 days after you receive your result will not be reviewed. Further, requests that remain incomplete (e.g., missing supporting documentation or an explanation of why you are requesting a reconsideration) by this deadline will not be reviewed.
The following steps will be taken when the MCC receives a reconsideration request.
The reconsideration process is anticipated to take approximately 11 weeks from when you receive your results to when you receive the decision.
For more detailed information regarding the reconsideration process, please see the Procedural Manual for Reconsiderations.
Once you receive a reconsideration decision, you may choose to appeal it. Appeal requests are first reviewed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and, if it is determined that the appeal will proceed, it will be heard by an independent Appeals Panel. Note that there is a fee associated with requesting an appeal.
There are two possible outcomes from the appeal process:
A pass or additional marks cannot be granted through the appeal process.
To appeal a reconsideration decision, follow the steps below:
The following steps will be taken when the MCC receives an appeal request.