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Medical Council of Canada

Centre Selection

Centre selection and assignment

The National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination is held twice a year, in March and September. The exam is offered in English across the country. When offered in Montreal, it is available in both English and French.

How to select your centre preferences

During the application process to the NAC Examination, you will be asked to select up to three exam centre choices in order of preference. If you choose only one centre, your likelihood of being assigned to that centre will not improve. We will make every attempt to accommodate your centre preferences.

If you selected the Montreal centre, you will be asked whether you want to take the exam in English or in French.

You do not have to take the exam in the province where you will be applying for residency.

You will also be asked whether you would accept being assigned to any other available centre if we cannot accommodate your centre choices.

How to view and change your centre choices

As of the September 2019 session, once you have submitted your application, you will now be able to view and, if needed, change your centre selections through your physiciansapply.ca account. You will also be able to change your response to the “I agree/I do not agree to be assigned to any other available centre” question if your centre choices cannot be accommodated.

To view and, if needed, change your centre selections and/or change your “I agree/I do not agree” question:

  • Click on “Examinations” in the left panel
  • Click on the appropriate exam in the centre panel to open the “Current Examination” panel
  • View or change your centre selection and/or change your “I agree/I do not agree” question in the “Current Examination” panel

How to report a scheduling conflict to the MCC

If you have a significant scheduling conflict, you must send a message through your physiciansapply.ca account when you apply to the exam, or at the very latest before you are assigned to your centre. The request must be accompanied by supporting documentation. If it is approved, a centre change request fee will apply.

How you are notified of your centre assignment

You will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account on your centre assignment in late January (for the March session) or in mid-July (for the September session).

If you indicated in your application that you would not accept assignment to any other available centre outside of your choices, and we could not accommodate your centre selections, we will withdraw your application. The application fee will be returned to the credit card used at the time of payment, otherwise a credit will be applied to your account. The examination withdrawal fee will apply.

If you indicated in your application that you would accept assignment to other centres, we will assign you to the nearest available centre.

Approximately two weeks following centre assignment, we will send you a message through your physiciansapply.ca account on your entrance card package with instructions on how to view and print it.

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Can you request a centre change after centre assignment

Given that spaces are limited at each centre, please note that it will not be possible to request a centre change after centre assignment.

How to withdraw your NAC Examination 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 and reapply. For more information, see how to withdraw your NAC Examination application.