Medical Council of Canada

Preparation resources

Preparation resources

Resources that will help you prepare for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I.

Test your knowledge with official MCC Preparatory Products

Study with our full-length Preparatory Examination (PE), shorter Preparatory Examination-Lite (PE-Lite) or Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQ) and Clinical Decision-Making (CDM) Practice Tests for the MCCQE Part I.

Candidates have found that the MCC’s preparatory products help them to be exam-ready by developing familiarity with MCCQE Part I question types, specifically with the CDM question format, as well as the testing platform features. The content in every one of our Preparatory Products goes through the same rigorous development process as the official exam content.

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Exam tutorial

On exam day, you will be presented with a tutorial that will include a walk-through of the functionality of the platform and samples of exam questions. To familiarize yourself with the tutorial prior to exam day, please see Exam tutorial.

Remote proctoring online orientation

The orientation outlines the system requirements, exam processes and what to expect when taking the MCCQE Part I through remote proctoring. Please take note of the following updates while reviewing the orientation before exam day:

  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 or above / MacOS 10.13 to 12.0. The ProProctor platform does not currently support MacOS 13.0 Ventura
  • Download Speed: 1.0 mbps

You will find more information on remote proctoring and how to ensure your device meets the system requirements on the Proproctor check-in page.

Transition to DSM-5

In May 2013, the American Psychiatric Association published the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The MCC 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, any questions that use the DSM-5 wording on the MCCQE Part I will no longer include equivalent language from the DSM-IV-TR. You will be required to answer with DSM-5 terminology as of 2017 to receive full marks.

MCC Examination Objectives 

When creating MCCQE Part I questions, the MCC’s test committees are guided by the MCC Examination Objectives that outline what candidates must know for any MCC examination. For this reason, the MCC Examination Objectives may be useful in your MCCQE Part I 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.