Medical Council of Canada

Application and eligibility

Application and eligibility

Eligibility requirements

To apply to the MCCQE Part I, you must be a graduate from, or a student who is expected to complete all requirements to graduate from:

  • A medical school accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS); or
  • A medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools and identified by a Canada Sponsor Note indicating it is an acceptable medical school in Canada; or
  • A United States School of Osteopathic Medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association.
If you are a student:

You can apply up to 15 months prior to your expected date of graduation. Once your application is approved, however, your eligibility window will begin 12 months from your expected date of graduation. For example:

  • Expected date of graduation: June 1, 2022
  • Application date: As of March 1, 2021
  • Eligibility window: June 1, 2021 to June 1, 2022

You can schedule an exam appointment only within your eligibility window (not sooner than 12 months before your expected date of graduation). During this eligibility window, you may schedule an appointment as soon as five months prior to the first date of an exam session.

If you are a graduate:

Your medical degree/diploma must be in progress of source verification or have been successfully source verified.

Note: Completed source verification of the diploma (verification returned – passed) is required to meet the LMCC eligibility criteria to obtain the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC).


 

Applying for the MCCQE Part I

If you meet the eligibility requirements indicated above, you can apply for the MCCQE Part I at any time through your physiciansapply.ca account. If you do not already have one, you will need to create an account.

To register for a physiciansapply.ca account:

  • Go to the physiciansapply.ca page and click the Login button 
  • On the next page, click on Create an account
  • Follow the steps on the screen to complete your account registration
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For Canadian medical students and graduates
  • Log into your physiciansapply.ca account
  • Click on Examinations from the main menu, then on Apply for an exam
  • Follow the steps to complete your application and submit payment

When your application is submitted, please send a certified identity confirmation form and a certified copy of a valid/non-expired passport. You are encouraged to send your documents by email (service@mcc.ca). For more information on documents submission, visit our Requirements for submitting electronic documents page.

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You will receive a message in your account within approximately one week to confirm your documents were received. Please allow up to three weeks for your application to be processed.

For International medical students and graduates

If you are an international medical student, a U.S. medical student or a student from a U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine, follow the application steps listed above in your physiciansapply.ca account.

If you have not previously done so, send a certified identity confirmation form, a certified copy of a valid/non-expired passport and a student attestation form.

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If you are an International Medical Graduate (IMG), a U.S graduate or a graduate from a U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine, the first step, if you have not already done so, is to create a Source Verification Request (SVR) for your medical degree through your physiciansapply.ca account. 

When you have submitted your SVR, follow the steps listed above to complete and pay for your exam application. Then, send a certified identity confirmation form, a certified copy of a valid/non-expired passport and a copy of your final medical degree diploma. Visit our Requirements for submitting electronic documents page for more information about documents submission.

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You will receive a message in your account within approximately one week to confirm your documents were received. Please allow up to four weeks for the review of your documents.

If the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) has previously reviewed all the necessary documentation, you may receive quick notification that your MCCQE Part I application has been accepted.

Note: An exam application that includes a request for test accommodations will require up to nine weeks processing time, once all the eligibility requirements have been fulfilled and Candidate Affairs receives all the required supporting documentation.

You will receive a message in your account once your application has been accepted to confirm that you can schedule your exam appointment with Prometric. You will not be able to reserve your exam date until your application has been approved. For the dates of the exam sessions, see Examination at a glance.

After your application is accepted, you will have one year to take the MCCQE Part I at an available Prometric test centre or through remote proctoring on a first come first serve basis. This one-year period is called the eligibility window. Your eligibility window expires once you take (or withdraw from) the exam.

How to extend your eligibility window

If you do not think you will be able to take the MCCQE Part I within one year, you can extend your eligibility window once by an additional 12 months. This involves paying an administration fee. If the exam fees have increased since you originally applied for the MCCQE Part I, you will also need to pay the difference. These fees are non-refundable.

Two months before your eligibility window expires, you will receive a message in your physiciansapply.ca account with instructions on how to extend your eligibility window.

If you do not extend your window at that time, you will receive a second reminder one month before the expiry date. After that second reminder, if you have not extended your window and not yet taken the MCCQE Part I, you will be withdrawn automatically and given a partial refund. For more details about refunds, see the Fees page.

You can only extend your eligibility window once.

Reapplying for the MCCQE Part I

If you previously applied as an international medical student (IMS), a U.S. medical student, or a student from a U.S. School of Osteopathic Medicine and your expected date for completion of medical degree requirements has changed since you first submitted your student attestation form, you must submit a new form.

If you previously applied as a student and are now a graduate, you must submit a copy of your final medical degree (diploma) to the MCC and a SVR through your physiciansapply.ca account. If you previously applied as a graduate and you have already submitted your final medical degree diploma for source verification, you are not required to resubmit the diploma.

Canadian medical students or graduates are typically not required to submit additional documents as re-applicants to the MCCQE Part I.

Limited exam attempts

You cannot retake the exam if you have a pass result.

You may take the MCCQE Part I up to a maximum of four times. After your third attempt, you will be required to wait one year from the time you receive the result before re-applying for the exam for your fourth attempt.

After four attempts, in exceptional personal circumstances, you can request special permission for a fifth attempt.

Exam attempts before 2018 do not count towards the total limit; the number of attempts count starts in 2018. As well, a result of “no standing” will not count as an attempt. However, failing or a status of “denied standing” will be considered attempts.

Test accommodations for the MCCQE Part I

If you have a documented functional limitation and associated accommodation need, you may be able to receive test accommodations to take the MCCQE Part I (e.g., additional testing time, break time, and access to assistive equipment, medication, breast pump, food).

For details about how to request a test accommodation, please see the Test accommodations page. Please allow up to nine weeks from the time the required documentation has been received to process your request.

If you have requested a test accommodation for the MCCQE Part I, you may only schedule an exam appointment when:

  • Exam eligibility requirements have been satisfied
  • MCC Test Accommodations Internal Review Committee has reviewed the request
  • Coordination of test accommodations between MCC and Prometric has been completed

Prometric, the service provider contracted by the MCC to administer the exam, makes exam appointments available for scheduling five months in advance. To ensure you can schedule an appointment in your preferred session, we encourage you to consider the nine-week processing time when deciding when to apply for the MCCQE Part I.

Exam appointments that support the delivery of test accommodations are subject to availability and may vary based on the type of approved test accommodations. Although every attempt will be made to accommodate your scheduling preferences, specific exam centres, remote proctoring and dates cannot be guaranteed.

Standard exam appointments do not support the delivery of most test accommodations. As such, if you request a test accommodation after you have scheduled an exam appointment, you will be instructed to cancel your existing exam appointment and reschedule after your test accommodation request has been reviewed.

Are you an IMG and want to apply for the 2023 CaRMS R-1 Main Residency Match?

If you want to apply for the 2023 Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) R-1 Main Residency Match and provide results for both the MCCQE Part I and the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination, you can choose to take the NAC exam and the MCCQE Part I in the order that you prefer.

For students graduating in spring 2023, the timing to apply and take both of these exams for the match process is as follows:

  • You will be able to apply for the MCCQE Part I 15 months from the date you are expected to fully complete all medical degree requirements (graduation date)
  • If you are graduating in spring 2023, you can apply to take the MCCQE Part I in the April 13-May 25, 2022 session, the August 17-September 21, 2022 session or the October 19-November 9, 2022 session. This allows enough time for you to receive your results and apply as file review for the 2023 R-1 first iteration match will begin approximately in early January 2023.
    IMPORTANT: Scheduling is on a first come, first served basis and available five months ahead of the session start date. Some sessions, such as the August session, offers more dates for in-person and remotely-proctored exams.
  • You must also take the NAC Examination in May 2022 or apply for the September 2022 NAC Examination in May 2022
  • Results from the May and September 2022 NAC Examination will be provided in time for the CaRMS application process for the 2023 R-1 Residency Match

Please note that if you are an IMG and wish to apply to a postgraduate medical training program in Québec, you must have received prior recognition of equivalence of your Doctor of Medicine degree (M.D.) from the Collège des médecins du Québec. In addition, in order to be eligible into the regular quota, the Québec government requires that you respect the definition of “resident in Québec” of the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur.

Timeline for the 2023 CaRMS R-1 Main Residency Match