The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I is held twice a year, in the spring and fall. The exam is offered in English and French.
Starting in April/May 2019, there will be more opportunities to take the MCCQE Part I – four times per year in 2019 and up to five times per year in 2020 versus the current two times per year.
After your MCCQE Part I application has been accepted you will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account on your centre assignment in late August.
How to select your centre preference
During the application process to the MCCQE Part I, you will be asked to choose up to three exam centres in order of preference.
The Medical Council of Canada (MCC) will make every attempt to accommodate your centre preferences. If you choose only one centre, your likelihood of being assigned to it will not improve.
How you are notified of your centre assignment
You will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account on your centre assignment in late August. The message will include information on the designated MCCQE Part I scheduling period, and the process for selecting your examination date.
How to schedule your examination date online
You will be required to schedule your examination date through your physiciansapply.ca account during the designated MCCQE Part I scheduling period. The available centre dates are established in advance with each site based on the capacity of the computer lab and the number of days the site can offer the examination.
As space is limited on each examination day and spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis during the designated scheduling period for your assigned centre, we cannot guarantee that you will be able to schedule your examination on a specific day.
If you do not schedule your examination date during the designated MCCQE Part I scheduling period, we will manually assign you to one of the remaining available days at your assigned centre.
Approximately two weeks following the scheduling period, we will send you a message through your physiciansapply.ca account regarding your exam package, with instructions detailing how to view and print it. It will include your Personal Identification Number (PIN), which is required to log onto the computer on examination day.
How to report a scheduling conflict to the MCC
If you have a significant scheduling conflict for example, another examination, overseas travel restrictions, etc., you may submit a request to not be scheduled on a specific day.
Any such request should be submitted after your centre is assigned to you and centre dates are available, and before the designated MCCQE Part I scheduling period.
The request must be accompanied by supporting documentation. If your request is approved, a pre-scheduling fee will be applied to your account.
How to request a centre change after centre assignment
If you want to request a centre change for the fall 2018 session, please submit your written request through your physiciansapply.ca account by Thursday, September 27, 2018. If there is space at your requested centre, we will apply the centre change fee to your account.
If the MCCQE Part I scheduling period has already begun or has ended, the dates available at the requested centre will likely be very limited.
How to request a date change after your date has been scheduled
If you want to request a date change, please submit your written request through your physiciansapply.ca account by Thursday, September 27, 2018. If the centre has space available on the requested date, we will apply the date change fee to your account.
If a centre change is required to accommodate the date change, and you agree to a change to both, we will only apply the centre change fee to your account.
How to withdraw your MCCQE Part I application
If you are assigned to take the examination in a given session and you wish to delay taking it until a future session, you will need to withdraw your application from the current session and reapply to a later session. For more information, see how to withdraw your MCCQE Part I application.