Practice Test Portal FAQs
Depending on the type of test you choose, different features and restrictions will apply. For example, there may be limitations on the time you have available to access the test. It is suggested that you review the different test types and their features below:
|Test type||Content||Cost||View correct answers?||Access period*||Exposure time**
|MCQ Practice Test||100 MCQs||$120||Yes||30 days||4 hours||n/a|
|CDM Practice Test||14 CDM case scenarios||$120||Yes||30 days||3 hours||1 hour|
|Preparatory Examination||210 MCQs
|$510||Yes||180 days||Exam mode
*Access period: Access period refers to the number of calendar days from date of purchase or access code redemption during which you may answer questions, mark CDM write-in questions or review the answer key. Once your Access period expires, your test will be automatically submitted, and your test results will be generated.
**Exposure time: Exposure time refers to the total number of hours, within the Access period, in which test takers may view test content. Once your maximum exposure time has been reached, your test will be automatically submitted.
MCQ Practice Test
The MCQ Practice Test consists of a series of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). For further information and an example of an MCQ, refer to the Multiple Choice Questions web page for the MCCQE Part I.
The MCQ Practice Test is offered in self-paced mode. You will have a limited amount of time (Exposure time) over a limited number of days (Access period) in which to answer the questions. You may pause or exit the test at any time and return later to complete it.
Once you submit your responses for marking, you will no longer be able to view the questions or change your responses (even if you complete the test under the maximum time). Your results will be presented in a grid format, according to the new MCCQE Part I Blueprint. The correct answers are provided however, the rationale and references are not; this feature is offered in the Preparatory Examination.
CDM Practice Test
The CDM Practice Test consists of a series of case scenarios, where each scenario has one or more questions to assess key issues in the resolution of the case. Questions are presented in short-menu and write-in formats. For further information and an example of a CDM case, refer to the Clinical Decision Making web page for the MCC Qualifying Examination Part I.
The CDM Practice Test is offered in self-paced mode. You will have a limited amount of time (Exposure time) over a limited number of days (Access period) in which to answer the questions and mark your written responses. You may pause or exit the test at any time and return later to complete it.
Once you submit your responses, you will no longer be able to view the questions or change your responses (even if you complete the test under the maximum time). For those CDM questions where you provided written responses (write-ins), you will be asked to mark them yourself. Your results will be presented in a grid format, according to the new MCCQE Part I Blueprint. The correct answers are provided however, the rationale and references are not; this feature is offered in the Preparatory Examination.
Preparatory Examination (PE)
The Preparatory Examination (PE) consists of both MCQ and CDM questions. The PE Test is offered in self-paced mode or in exam mode which simulates the MCCQE Part I examination.
In exam mode you have a limited amount of time (exposure time) over a limited number of days (access period) in which to answer questions and mark your written responses. The pause function is disabled in exam mode, however, the system will auto-pause after 5 minutes of inactivity and the exposure timer is stopped. You may also exit the test and resume later or switch to self-paced mode. If you switch to self-paced, you will not be allowed to return to exam mode.
In self-paced mode, there is no exposure time limit while taking the test (access period does apply). The answer key is also available while test taking in self-paced mode. Please note that once the test is submitted, the CDM marking step is restricted to a 60-minute exposure time.
Once you submit your responses, you will no longer be able to change them (even if you complete the test under the maximum time). For those CDM questions where you provided written responses (write-ins), you will be asked to mark them yourself.
The answer key will be provided to review the correct answers, dangerous acts, rationale and references. The answer key is available, up to and until, your access period is reached.
Your results will be presented in a grid format, according to the new MCCQE Part I Blueprint.
Yes, the correct answers are provided for all of the preparatory products. Your results will be presented in a grid format, according to the new MCCQE Part I Blueprint.
We have developed these instructions on how to interpret your MCQ test results, how to interpret your CDM test results, and how to interpret your PE results. They will also be provided to you upon completing a Practice Test or the Preparatory Examination.
The total MCCQE Part I score is reported on a scale from 100 to 400 with a pass score of 226. This reporting is not the same on any of our Practice Tests or the Preparatory Examination; these products give test-takers a raw score based on the total number of questions presented.
Practice Tests are designed to familiarize candidates with the types of questions they could encounter related to the new blueprint, to gain an understanding of the MCCQE Part I content areas, and to get a sense of how the exam is structured. The MCC does not relate the MCCQE Part I scores with other scales or scoring, such as scores from the practice tests.
Please be advised that the Practice Tests are a sampling of questions and cases like the ones on the exam, and some quadrants of the MCCQE Part I Blueprint may be underrepresented.
Please see our CDM Marking Help module for assistance with marking write-in questions.
Our terms and conditions, presented to you when you create an account in our Practice Test Portal or begin a new test, stipulate:
MCC grants to me a limited personal, non-sublicensable, non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the practice test software and content solely for my personal and non-commercial use. This license is only for my use from my account. Other persons are not permitted to use my account or access the practice test software and content.
Test security is important to the integrity of MCC exams and we encourage you to review: https://mcc.ca/examinations/test-security/
Given the self-administered nature of the Practice Tests, testing accommodations cannot be granted. Please note that the allotted time for MCQ and CDM Practice Tests is effectively doubled in comparison to the amount of questions presented on the MCCQE Part I.
- MCQ Practice Test: 4 hours to complete 100 MCQ questions
- MCCQE Part I: 4 hours to complete 210 MCQ questions
- CDM Practice Test: 3 hours to complete 14 cases
- MCCQE Part I: 3.5 hours to complete 38 cases
- PE (exam mode): If you require test accommodations in regard to the exposure time in exam mode, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Yes, you can pause the Practice Test at any time unless you are completing a PE in exam mode, where pause is not available.
- You can also exit the Practice Test at any time and resume; your answers will have been saved in your Practice Test Portal
The letter indicates the version of the form; there are some minor differences between letter versions (i.e. A, B, C, etc.), however, the majority of the questions between different letter versions remain the same. Version updates happen periodically as each Practice Test and Preparatory Exam forms are routinely reviewed to ensure that questions and answers reflect the most recent medical guidelines.
Forms with different numbers (i.e. MCQ-101B and MCQ-102B) contain entirely different sets of questions.
*Please note that purchases are non-refundable. If you purchase an updated version of a test you had previously purchased, we will be unable to refund your purchase.
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