Medical Council of Canada

MCCQE Part I

Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I

The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I is a one-day, computer-based test that assesses the critical medical knowledge and clinical decision-making ability of a candidate at a level expected of a medical student who is completing his or her medical degree in Canada.

Postponement of MCCQE Part I – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

As the COVID-19 situation in Canada and abroad continues to evolve rapidly, we have postponed the April 15-May 15, 2020 Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I.

By postponing, we are seeking to ensure that we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, to be mindful of the impacts of this virus on the medical community, and to ensure the safety of all involved in our exams.

We continue to closely monitor the situation and will communicate the timing of new examination schedules as soon as reasonably possible. Please check mcc.ca and physiciansapply.ca websites for further updates.

MCCQE Part I

There are now more opportunities to take the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I – four times per year in 2019 and up to five times per year in 2020 versus the previous frequency of twice a year.

We are also delivering the MCCQE Part I in Canada and internationally in over 80 countries through our vendor Prometric. Prometric is an internationally recognized firm with more than 20 years’ experience in exam development and administration for professional sectors. This change to Prometric ensures broad access for candidates to take the MCCQE Part I.

To help you navigate through the exam information, please consult the information sheets for Canadian and international medical students and graduates.

You must take and pass the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part I and the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II to obtain the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC). Canadian medical regulatory authorities may require you to have the LMCC to apply for a medical licence within their province or territory.

Visit our Application and eligibility page for the full list of MCCQE Part I requirements.

What is the MCCQE Part I?

The MCCQE Part I is a summative examination that assesses the critical medical knowledge and clinical decision-making ability of a candidate at a level expected of a medical student who is completing his or her medical degree in Canada. The examination is based on the MCC Objectives, which are organized under the CanMEDS roles. Candidates graduating and completing the MCCQE Part I normally enter supervised practice. Aside from formal accreditation processes of the undergraduate and postgraduate education programs, the MCCQE Part I is the only national standard for medical schools across Canada and, therefore, is administered at the end of medical school.

The MCCQE Part I is a one-day, computer-based test. You are allowed up to four hours in the morning session to complete 210 Multiple-Choice Questions. You are allowed up to three and a half hours in the afternoon session for the Clinical Decision-Making component, which consists of 38 cases with short-menu and short-answer write-in questions.

The exam is based on a Blueprint that assesses your performance across two broad categories:

  • Dimensions of care, covering the spectrum of medical care;
  • Physician activities, reflecting a physician’s scope of practice and behaviours.

Each category has four domains, and each is assigned a specific content weighting on the exam:

For more information on how to study for the MCCQE Part I, please view our webinar hereunder that explains how to organize your preparation making use of the Blueprint and content weightings.

You can also visit our exam preparatory resources page.

How do I take the MCCQE Part I?

You can apply for the MCCQE Part I through your physiciansapply.ca account. If you do not already have an account, you can create one at physiciansapply.ca and follow the steps after you log into the portal. Once you have paid your application fee, your MCCQE Part I application will be reviewed. Once approved, you will receive a message through your physiciansapply.ca account.

Examination at a glance

You can apply to take the MCCQE Part I at any time. If you are planning to request Test Accommodations, we recommend that you apply well in advance of when you wish to take the exam, as coordination with MCC and Prometric is required.

Below is a list of upcoming MCCQE Part I session dates. Sessions are held on weekdays, though some test centres may hold exam appointments on Saturdays or Sundays.

MCCQE Part I application fee: $1,305

MCCQE Part I
The application is ongoing
2020 session dates* Eligibility requirements Application information
Jan. 20 to Feb. 9 Eligibility requirements,
see Application and eligibility.
Application is ongoing.
Exam appointment scheduling is now offered through Prometric.
April 15 to May 15 – postponed
July 6 to 26
Aug. 31 to Sept. 20
Oct. 26 to Nov. 8
2021 session dates* Eligibility requirements Application information
Jan. 25 to Feb. 21 Eligibility requirements,
see Application and eligibility.
2021 application fee:
To be determined.
April 12 to May 16
July 5 to 25
Aug. 30 to Sept. 19
Oct. 18 to Nov. 7