Medical Council of Canada

Exam overview

Exam overview

The following information will give you an overview of the tutorial that will be presented to you on the day of the examination prior to starting the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I. It will also help you understand the functionalities to navigate through the exam.

Welcome to the MCCQE Part I

Navigating through the exam

The following table describes functionality that will help you navigate through the exam.

Functionality Description
Click Next to move to the next question or page
Click Back to move to the previous question or page
Click the flag icon to flag the question
A plain rectangular button indicates you have not yet completed this question; click the button to go to that question
A rectangular button with a flag icon means you have flagged this question because you want to return to it
An arrow-shaped button indicates you are currently on this question
A dark button indicates you have completed this question
Clinical Decision Making (CDM) case with questions (collapsed)
Clinical Decision-Making (CDM) case with questions (expanded)
To view all of the content on the page, use the scroll bar on the window or the scroll wheel on the mouse


Section Review panel

Using the grid icon in the bottom-left corner of the exam screen, you may review the status of all questions in a current exam section. To navigate directly to a question, select the corresponding numbered icon.You may also filter your view by unattempted, attempted, and flagged questions.

You can keep the Section Review window open and visible by clicking the padlock icon. The Section Review window can be closed by unclicking the padlock icon and clicking the X icon.


Interacting with items

The following table describes functionalities that will help you interact with items.

Functionality Description
Use the highlight tool to highlight text in questions you may want to refer to.
Select the text by dragging the cursor over it to highlight it. To remove the highlight, click on any area of the highlighted text.
This tool works only on question text; it does not work on answer text.
Use the strikeout tool to visually eliminate answers from consideration.
Right click on an answer to strike it out. Right click again to remove the strikeout.
This tool works only on answer text; it does not work on question text.
Certain questions or cases may have photographs, radiographs, echocardiograms, or charts. To view, click on the image button, which will open the image in a pop-up box.
Depending on the size of the image, you may be able to zoom in and zoom out using the buttons with the magnifying-glass icons below the image.
Calculator appears below every question in the exam.
When the calculator icon is clicked, a calculator that can be used for basic calculations will pop up.


MCQ section: Answering Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) with a single response

MCQs with a single response have only one correct answer. To respond:

  • Select the answer that you think is the best response
  • Select a different answer to change your response
  • Click on a selected answer a second time to deselect it
Practise answering the MCQ below

Of the following biological levels of organization, which represents the smallest or lowest level?






CDM section: Answering Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) with multiple responses

These questions have two or more correct answers. To respond:

  • Select the answers that you think are the correct responses
  • Click on a selected answer again to deselect it
  • Do not exceed the maximum number of allowed responses
Practise answering the MCQ with multiple responses below

Which of the following are planets in our solar system? Select the two that apply.
Number of selected options for this question: 0

1 Titan

2 Venus

3 Mars

4 Europa


CDM section: Answering short-answer questions

Short-answer questions have one or more correct answers. To respond:

  • Type in the responses you think are correct
  • Type in only one response per text box
  • Do not exceed the maximum number of allowed responses
Practise answering the short-answer question below.

A 20-year-old nulligravida woman presents to the office. She has type 1 diabetes. She wants to discuss the complications of diabetes in pregnancy. What are the maternal complications of type 1 diabetes in pregnancy? List up to four.

  1. _____________________________________________
  2. _____________________________________________
  3. _____________________________________________
  4. _____________________________________________


Time remaining and progress bar

The time remaining and the progress bar are both displayed at the top of the screen.

Time remaining

Each exam section is allocated a specific amount of time, including the tutorial and survey sections. There is also an overall amount of time provided for your full exam appointment. Clicking the clock icon will display the time remaining; it will alternate between the time left for the current section and the time left for the overall exam.

The most important time display is the Section Time Remaining.

An alert box will pop up to signal when 30 minutes, 15 minutes, and 5 minutes remain in the current section.

Progress bar

The progress bar tracks answered questions throughout the entire exam. It does not reset after each section. If all the questions are answered, your progress should near 78% when finishing the MCQ section and 100% after finishing the CDM section.

Ending exam sections

After reviewing and finishing all of the questions within a section, navigate to the next section by clicking Finish Section in the top-right corner of the screen.

A pop-up window will appear confirming you want to finish the section. Select “Yes, I would like to finish this section” to submit your answers and continue to the next section.

Please note that once you leave a section, you may not return. Any questions that are left incomplete will be marked as incorrect.

Tutorial conclusion

This concludes the tutorial. You may view the tutorial at any point during an active exam by clicking on the question mark icon. This icon can be found in the bottom-left corner of the screen once you have started the test.