Medical Council of Canada

Preparation resources

Preparation resources

The last MCCEE session was November 2018

The last MCCEE took place on November 11, 2018. The information on this page is being offered for information/reference purposes only.

International medical graduates and students can now apply to the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I directly without first having to take the MCCEE.


MCC online demo

This online demo shows you how the computer-based testing interface works. It gives you a chance to learn about each feature of the software before your examination. The MCCEE online demo also includes 10 free sample questions — but please note the correct answers are not provided and your answers will not be scored.


MCCEE sample questions

Here is an example of the kind of Multiple-Choice Question you will find in the MCCEE:

A 76-year-old man is brought to the Emergency Department by relatives who state that he had collapsed suddenly but regained consciousness within minutes. There was no seizure activity. His electrocardiogram showed a sinus rhythm (76/minute), a right bundle branch block and left anterior fascicular block (left axis deviation). Which one of the following most likely accounts for this man’s loss of consciousness?

  1. Ventricular tachycardia.
  2. Type I second degree artrioventricular block (Wenckebach).
  3. Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia.
  4. Intermittent heart block.
  5. Atrial flutter with 2 :1 artrioventricular block.

For more sample questions, take the free online sample test for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I, which contains Multiple-Choice Questions similar to those in the MCCEE.

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Frequently asked questions

If you have questions about the MCCEE — for example, about the type of content tested or how the MCCEE relates to the MCCQE — we encourage you to review our MCCEE frequently asked questions.

DSM-5 terminology

In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association published the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The Medical Council of Canada has worked with its test committees to review the classification changes in DSM-5 and update the language in its exam content from the previous edition, DSM-IV-TR.

As of 2017, please note that any questions that use the DSM-5 wording will no longer include equivalent language from the DSM-IV-TR.

Objectives for the Qualifying Examination

When creating the MCCEE questions, the MCC’s test committees are guided by the Objectives for the Qualifying Examination, a document that outlines what candidates must know for any MCC examination. For this reason, the Objectives may be useful in your MCCEE preparation. We recommend you go through each clinical presentation and carefully read the related objectives. If you feel your knowledge or skill for any given objective is weak, this could indicate that you need further study in that area.

Reference materials

The MCC has compiled a list of reference books and online reference materials that may be helpful in preparing for the examination.

Note: We are pleased to announce a more streamlined assessment process for international medical graduates and international medical students. Starting in 2019, we will be delivering the MCCQE Part I in Canada and internationally in over 80 countries, up to five times per year. Once the MCCQE Part I is offered internationally, we will be phasing out the MCCEE. November 2018 will be the last session. You will have until mid-November 2018 to take the MCCEE.