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NAC Examination candidate guide 

Use this quick-reference guide to review important information before your NAC Examination. Review all communications in your account for the most up-to-date information about your exam.

Before your exam day

  • Review the library of free resources to help you prepare for your exam. Use the filters on the free resources page to see resources relevant to the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination.
  • Read the exam day page to learn about checking in, breaks, what you can and cannot bring, and other important information about your exam day.
  • Complete the mandatory NAC Examination candidate orientation module. Be sure to review this module before your exam, as the orientation is not reviewed on your exam day.
  • Watch the test security video to learn about your legal and professional responsibilities when taking the exam, including the importance of maintaining the confidentiality of Medical Council of Canada (MCC) exam content.
  • Print and review both pages of your entrance card package. Bring both pages to your exam. Your entrance card package is available in the Current Examination panel of your account. You must also sign the Candidate Confidentiality Agreement on the second page.
    • Page 1: Entrance Card
    • Page 2: Candidate Confidentiality Agreement (must be signed)

On your exam day

  • Arrive on time but no more than 15 minutes early. Late candidates may be denied entry to the exam.
  • Do not wear scented products.
  • Dress in business casual attire. No jeans, shorts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hoodies, T-shirts, hats, or any clothing with offensive language or slogans are permitted.
  • No food will be provided at the exam centre. You may bring a nut-free, low-to-no-smell and noise-free snack in a clear plastic bag and a small clear water bottle to be carried in your lab coat.
  • Watches or smartwatches of any kind are not permitted. Digital clocks will be provided.
  • The MCC recognizes that in some instances a candidate may experience an exam day incident that prevents a reliable assessment of their knowledge and abilities. All exam-day incidents must be reported to the MCC through your account within 7 days of your exam. The MCC will not investigate exam day incidents reported more than 7 days after your scheduled exam.

COVID-19 measures are still in place at NAC Examination centres

You must wear a mask for the duration of the exam. You will be supplied with a mask if you do not bring your own.