Medical Council of Canada

Self-Administered Examination

Self-Administered Examination

The Self-Administered Examination (SAE) is an online practice exam you can use to test your level of preparedness for an MCC examination.

The following is a description of the SAE practice exam:

  • The Self-Administered Evaluating Examination (SAE-EE), which can help you prepare for the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE). There are five unique versions of the SAE-EE.

Please note that the SAE-QEI is no longer be available. The MCC has launched new MCCQE Part I practice tests within its Practice Test Portal. The Multiple-Choice Questions Practice Test is now available and the Clinical Decision Making Practice Test will be available in fall 2018.

For more information on these new resources, please visit Test your knowledge.

Content covered by the SAE

Five forms of the SAE-EE are available, each consisting of 96 multiple-choice questions from six medical disciplines:

  • Medicine
  • Obstetrics and gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery
  • Population, Health and Ethics

While each form includes a different mix of questions, every one offers the same level of difficulty (i.e., SAE-EE 5 is not more difficult than SAE-EE 1).

As a practice exam, the SAE does not cover all of the material assessed by the MCCEE. However, it does provide a good example of the type and style of questions that may be found in those examinations. This makes the SAE a valuable study tool when preparing for the MCCEE.

For more information, please review the list of SAE frequently asked questions.

How to take the SAE

The SAE can be taken online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To take the SAE, one of the following browsers is recommended:

  • Internet Explorer 9 and newer versions
  • Recent versions of:
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Safari

Click here to register for the SAE.

Please note there is a fee to take the SAE. This payment must be made by credit card (Visa or MasterCard). For more information, see the Examination and service fees page. It is important to keep track of which SAE forms you have already completed, as no refunds will be issued for selecting the wrong form.

Once you purchase the SAE, you will be allowed four hours across a seven-day period to complete the practice exam. We recommend completing it in a single two- to three-hour sitting, as this will replicate the conditions of the actual exam.

When you are finished, you will receive immediate feedback via email on the number of correctly answered questions along with a comparison of how well you did compared to other MCCEE participants. You will not receive details about which questions you answered correctly or incorrectly.

If you require support for the SAE, please send an email to

Note: We are pleased to announce a more streamlined assessment process for international medical graduates and international medical students.Starting in 2019, we will be delivering the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I in Canada and internationally in over 80 countries, up to five times per year. Once the MCCQE Part I is offered internationally, we will be phasing out the Medical Council of Canada Evaluation Examination (MCCEE). November 2018 will be the last session. You will have until mid-November 2018 to take the MCCEE. At that point in time, the SAE-EE will no longer be available. However, you can access the Practice Test Portal to prepare for the MCCQE Part I.