When and how you will receive your NAC Examination final result
Approximately 10 weeks after the exam date, you will receive a notification by email and a message in your physiciansapply.ca account stating that you can verify your final National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination result (e.g., fail, pass, pass with superior performance) through your account.
Shortly after you receive this message, a Statement of Results (SOR) will be uploaded to your account. The SOR includes your final result which will be ported as one of the following categories: fail, pass or pass with superior performance. No total score or subscores will be reported for the September 2020 NAC Examination.
To prevent fraud and to protect confidentiality, your NAC Examination result is never given over the phone or by email.
You have the option to share your result online with various medical organizations across Canada including the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). This service is available free of charge through your physiciansapply.ca account.
You also have the option to transfer examination result documents and exam details to third parties, by utilizing the File Transfer Service available through your physiciansapply.ca account under Other service requests. For more information, see File Transfer Service.
Limited exam attempts – Retaking the NAC Examination
You can take the NAC Examination to a maximum of three times overall, regardless of whether you passed or failed your previous attempt. Only your most recent result on the examination remains valid indefinitely and does not expire. Starting in 2018, the NAC exam cannot be taken in consecutive sessions (for example, a candidate who will take the September 2020 NAC exam will be able to retake it at the earliest in September 2021).
To find out if you are eligible to retake the exam, please visit the Application and eligibility web page.
How long is a NAC Examination result valid?
There are no time restrictions on the result for the NAC Examination, regardless of when or how long ago the exam was taken. If you took the NAC Examination more than once, the most recent result will be the only valid result.
Having your NAC Examination result rechecked
A result recheck does not include a re-evaluation of your performance.
You may request to have your exam result rechecked only if you failed the NAC Examination. If you received a pass result, you are not eligible for the result rechecking service.
Having your examination result rechecked is unlikely to change your final NAC Examination result because your result is verified at least twice before it is sent to you. If you still wish to have your NAC Examination result rechecked, follow the steps below:
- Log in to your physiciansapply.ca account within 20 calendar days of receiving your exam result.
- Click on Examinations in the left panel, then on Request a result recheck in the centre panel.
- Click on the exam you wish to have the result recheck for and follow the instructions on the screen.
- Once you complete your payment, a confirmation will be sent through your account.
There are two possible outcomes from the result rechecking process:
- No change in your NAC Examination final result
- A change in your final result
If there is a change to your final result, you will receive a refund of the result recheck fee. A new Statement of Results (SOR) will also be uploaded to your physiciansapply.ca account.
A result recheck includes:
- Verifying your scoresheets and confirming them as being yours
- Verifying the computer-scanned answer sheets for anomalies (torn sheets, stray marks, ink marks, etc.)
- Verifying raw computer data against physician-completed answer sheets (no reassessment of exam day performance will take place)
- Verifying the computer file result against the one reported in the SOR
Please allow up to eight weeks for the completion of your request.
Cancellation and refund
Once you have paid for a result recheck request, it will not be possible to cancel the request and obtain a refund.
Requesting a reconsideration
If you consider your exam day performance to have been affected by:
- procedural irregularities
- emergent circumstances
you may request to have your NAC Examination results reconsidered by the MCC. You can also make this request if you have been denied a final result, including being denied entry to future MCC exams.
To request a reconsideration of your NAC Examination final result, follow the steps below:
- Send us a message through your physiciansapply.ca account within 15 calendar days of receiving your exam result.
- Use Reconsideration of NAC Examination final result in the subject line
- Provide detailed information about why you are requesting a reconsideration of your NAC Examination result in the body of your message.
- Submit documentation to support your request for reconsideration by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You may not request a reconsideration based on the content of the examination.
Once your request is received, it will be reviewed by the Executive Director who has the authority to determine whether the request for reconsideration will be heard by the NAC Examination Committee (NEC). This determination will be communicated through your physiciansapply.ca account. Should you be granted a reconsideration, you will receive a letter through your physiciansapply.ca account when a decision has been made.
There are two possible outcomes from the reconsideration process:
- No change in your final result
- No standing
The NEC does not have the authority to grant a pass final result or a pass with superior performance final result to a candidate who has not demonstrated the required level of knowledge and skills during the exam.
Requesting an appeal
Once you have received the NEC’s reconsideration decision, you may choose to appeal it.
To appeal the NEC’s reconsideration decision, follow the steps below:
- Send us a message through your physiciansapply.ca account within 30 calendar days of the date indicated on the NEC’s reconsideration decision letter.
- Use Appeal of NEC’s reconsideration decision in the subject line.
- Provide detailed information about why you are requesting an appeal of the NEC’s reconsideration decision in the body of your message.
- Indicate if you wish the appeal to be heard in English or in French.
- Upon reception of your request, we will apply a fee to your physiciansapply.ca account and notify you.
- Your appeal request will be initiated once you login to your physiciansapply.ca account and make your payment.
Once your request is paid, it will be reviewed by the Executive Director. You will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account once the review is complete, within three weeks of the date you paid for your appeal request.