In late June 2018, we discovered an issue relating to the spring 2018 Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II. Later this week, we will be making an adjustment of one point to the results of 757 candidates following the discovery of a slight error in scoring calculations. The issue does not impact any candidate’s final result (e.g., pass, fail).
For each Medical Council of Canada (MCC) exam, candidates may see a different set of questions or cases than other candidates taking the same exam during the same session. These different versions or “forms” of the exams are offered for quality assurance purposes. Psychometric analyses are performed post-exam to adjust for slight difficulty differences across forms. This is known as “linking”, which allows the comparison of scores over time across forms and exam sessions.
The error was related to linking calculations and unfortunately was only discovered after spring 2018 MCCQE Part II results had been reported to candidates. Linking calculations involve a linking sample, which includes first-time candidates only. A small number of repeat test-takers were inadvertently included in this sample. When these candidates were removed, 757 candidates’ total scores were impacted by an increase or decrease of one point on the 50 to 950 reporting scale.
The issue is limited to results from the spring 2018 MCCQE Part II and does not affect any other session.
We will be reissuing the scores and results documents for all affected candidates later this week . We will also be taking additional quality assurance steps to prevent a similar error from happening in the future.
We sincerely regret this incident and are happy to provide additional clarification. If you are a spring 2018 MCCQE Part II candidate and have a question about your results on the examination, we encourage you to check your physiciansapply.ca account for a message from us. If, after doing so, you have further inquiries, please reply to that message.