When and how you will receive your NAC Examination results
Approximately four to six 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., pass, fail) through your account. Shortly after you receive this message, two documents will be uploaded to your account:
- The Statement of Results (SOR) includes your final result and total NAC Examination score as well as the score that was required to pass the examination
- The Supplemental Feedback Report (SFR) provides additional feedback on your exam performance, including your subscores and a comparison to other candidates
To prevent fraud and to protect confidentiality, your NAC Examination results are never given over the phone or by email.
You have the option to share your results online with various medical organizations across Canada including the Canadian Resident Matching Service. This service is available free of charge through your physiciansapply.ca account.
You also have the option to transfer examination results 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.
Retaking the examination
Whether you have passed or failed the NAC Examination, you may be eligible to retake it. To find out if you are eligible to retake the exam, please visit the Application and eligibility web page.
How long a NAC Examination pass result is valid
There are no time restrictions on a pass 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 rescored
You may request to have your exam rescored only if you failed the NAC Examination. If you received a pass result, you are not eligible for the rescoring service.
Rescoring your examination is unlikely to change your final NAC Examination result because your results are verified at least twice before they are sent to you. If you still wish to have your NAC Examination rescored, you need to follow the steps below within six weeks of the date indicated on your SOR:
1. Send us a message through your physiciansapply.ca account, using NAC Examination rescore in the subject line.
2. Upon reception of your request, we will apply a fee to your physiciansapply.ca account and notify you.
3. Your rescore request will be initiated once you login to your account and make your payment.
There are three possible outcomes from the rescoring process:
- No change in your NAC Examination total score or final result
- Increase in your NAC Examination total score but no change in your final result
- Increase in your NAC Examination total score plus a change in your final result from fail to pass
If there is an improvement in your NAC Examination total score, you will receive a refund of the rescoring fee. A new SOR and SFR will also be uploaded to your physiciansapply.ca account.
A rescore includes:
- Authenticating all parts of your examination, including a complete file review
- Verifying the computer-scanned answer sheets for anomalies (torn sheets, stray marks, ink marks, etc.)
- Verifying raw computer data against physician-completed answer sheets
- Verifying the computer file scores against those reported in the SOR
A rescore does not include a re-evaluation of your performance.
Requesting a reconsideration or appeal
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 the date indicated on your SOR.
- 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.
You may not request a reconsideration based on the content of the examination. In addition, you may be asked to submit documentation to support your request for reconsideration.
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.
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.