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Medical Council of Canada

Practice Test Portal FAQs

Practice Test Portal FAQs

How long do I have to complete the Practice test?

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:

English PT FAQs Feb 11

*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 Test
The MCQ 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 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. You will not be provided with the correct answers; this feature is offered in the Preparatory Examination.

CDM Test
The CDM 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 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. You will not be provided with the correct answers; 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. In self-paced mode you can clear all your responses which allows a do-over and return to the beginning. 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.

Will I receive answers to the Practice test?

Yes, only when purchasing a PE. Correct answers are not provided for MCQ or CDM tests.  Your results will be presented in a grid format, according to the new MCCQE Part I Blueprint.

How do I interpret the results?

We have developed these instructions on how to interpret your MCQ test resultshow 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.

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.

How do I mark the CDM write-in questions?

Please see our CDM Marking Help module for assistance with marking write-in questions.

Are test accommodations available?

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 practicetests@mcc.ca. Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Can my Practice test be paused?
  • 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
What if I’m having technical difficulties?
  • Email practicetests@mcc.ca for help with any technical difficulties
  • To ensure the system performs as expected, please ensure that the time on the device you are using is properly set to your current time zone and local time
  • The use of cell phones and similar small-screen devices is not supported. Some features such as hover text and highlighting are not available on touch screens.