Medical Council of Canada

MCCQE Part I

Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I

The MCCQE Part I is a one-day, computer-based test that assesses the critical medical knowledge and clinical decision-making ability of a candidate at a level expected of a medical student who is completing his or her medical degree in Canada.

Postponement of MCCQE Part I – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves in Canada and abroad, we continue to ensure we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to be mindful of the impacts on the medical community, and to ensure the safety of all involved in our exams.

We are pleased to inform you that the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I application is now open and you can now apply through your physiciansapply.ca account. Please note that the MCCQE Part I will be offered through Prometric at available test centres or via remote proctoring, a new delivery model for the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). Recommended physical distancing and other personal protective measures are in place, as per the guidelines set by local public health authorities.

To meet the capacity demand, please note that the MCCQE Part I will be offered over an extended exam period, from June 1 to September 20, 2020. Also, please note that the next session of the exam is scheduled from October 26 to November 8, 2020.

We continue to closely monitor the situation and potential impacts on future exams. Please check mcc.ca and physiciansapply.ca websites for further updates.

MCCQE Part I

There are now more opportunities to take the MCCQE Part I – up to three times in 2020.

We are also delivering the MCCQE Part I in Canada and internationally in over 80 countries through our vendor Prometric, an internationally recognized firm with more than 20 years’ experience in exam development and administration for professional sectors. This change to Prometric ensures broad access for candidates to take the MCCQE Part I.

Beginning with the June – Sept.  2020 session, candidates will have the option to take their exam at an available Prometric test centre, with physical distancing measures in place, or through remote proctoring on a first come first serve basis.

To help you navigate through the exam information, please consult the information sheets for Canadian and international medical students and graduates.

You must take and pass the MCCQE Part I and the MCCQE Part II to obtain the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC). Canadian Medical Regulatory Authorities may require you to have the LMCC to apply for a medical licence within their province or territory.

Visit our Application and eligibility page for the full list of MCCQE Part I requirements.

What is the MCCQE Part I?

The MCCQE Part I is a summative examination that assesses the critical medical knowledge and clinical decision-making ability of a candidate at a level expected of a medical student who is completing his or her medical degree in Canada. The examination is based on the MCC Objectives, which are organized under the CanMEDS roles. Candidates graduating and completing the MCCQE Part I normally enter supervised practice. Aside from formal accreditation processes of the undergraduate and postgraduate education programs, the MCCQE Part I is the only national standard for medical schools across Canada and, therefore, is administered at the end of medical school.

The MCCQE Part I is a one-day, computer-based test. You are allowed up to four hours in the morning session to complete 210 Multiple-Choice Questions. You are allowed up to three and a half hours in the afternoon session for the Clinical Decision-Making component, which consists of 38 cases with short-menu and short-answer write-in questions.

The exam is based on a Blueprint that assesses your performance across two broad categories:

  • Dimensions of care, covering the spectrum of medical care;
  • Physician activities, reflecting a physician’s scope of practice and behaviours.

Each category has four domains, and each is assigned a specific content weighting on the exam:

For more information on how to study for the MCCQE Part I, please view our webinar hereunder that explains how to organize your preparation making use of the Blueprint and content weightings.

You can also visit our exam preparatory resources page.

How do I take the MCCQE Part I?

You can apply for the MCCQE Part I through your physiciansapply.ca account. If you do not already have an account, you can create one at physiciansapply.ca and follow the steps after you log into the portal. Once you have paid your application fee, your MCCQE Part I application will be reviewed. Once approved, you will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account.

Examination at a glance

You can apply to take the MCCQE Part I at any time. If you are planning to request Test Accommodations, we recommend that you apply well in advance of when you wish to take the exam, as coordination with MCC and Prometric is required.

Below is a list of upcoming MCCQE Part I session dates. Sessions are held on weekdays, though available test centres and remote proctoring may hold exam appointments on Saturdays or Sundays.

MCCQE Part I application fee: $1,305

MCCQE Part I
The application is ongoing
2020 session dates* Eligibility requirements Application information
Jan. 20 to Feb. 9 Eligibility requirements,
see Application and eligibility.
Application is ongoing.

Exam appointment scheduling is now open through Prometric.

April 15 to May 15 – postponed
June 1 to Sept. 20
Oct. 26 to Nov. 8
2021 session dates* Eligibility requirements Application information
Jan. 25 to Feb. 21 Eligibility requirements,
see Application and eligibility.
2021 application fee:
To be determined.
April 12 to May 21
July 5 to 25
Aug. 30 to Sept. 19
Oct. 18 to Nov. 7

* Dates are subject to change.

Results will be available approximately seven weeks after the session’s last day. Refer to the Results page for more information.