To take the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination, you must be a graduate from, or a student who is expected to complete all medical degree requirements within 12 months of the date of the exam from:
You can take the NAC Examination a maximum of 3 times, regardless of if you passed or failed your previous attempt(s). Only your most recent result on the examination remains valid indefinitely and does not expire.
The NAC Examination cannot be taken in consecutive sessions (for example, a candidate who took the May 2023 NAC Examination will only be able to retake it at again in May 2024 or later).
The NAC Examination is held twice a year at a limited number of exam centres across Canada. During the application process, you will be asked to choose up to 3 exam centres in order of preference. The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) will make every attempt to accommodate your centre preference(s) during the centre assignment process. You can change your preferences until the centre choice change deadline. Candidates will receive a message in their physiciansapply.ca account approximately 6 weeks before the exam to confirm which exam centre they have been assigned.
If you meet the NAC Examination eligibility requirements, you can apply for the exam through your physiciansapply.ca account. You need to apply between the application opening and closing dates of the specific session you would like to take the exam. If you do not already have an account, you will need to create one.
If the MCC has previously reviewed all the necessary documentation, you may receive notification that your NAC Examination application has been accepted sooner.
If you have a documented functional limitation and associated accommodation need, you can request a test accommodation when you submit your NAC Examination application. Keep in mind that exam applications that include a request for test accommodations will only be processed once all the eligibility requirements have been fulfilled and all the required supporting documentation has been received.
If you want to apply for the 2024 Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) R-1 Main Residency Match and provide results for both the MCCQE Part I and the NAC Examination, you can choose to take the NAC Examination and the MCCQE Part I in the order that you prefer.