Medical Council of Canada


Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II

The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination (MCCQE) Part II is a two-day clinical exam that assesses competence, knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for entry into independent clinical practice.

For an overview of the pre-application process, please consult the infographic below.


What is the MCCQE Part II?

The MCCQE Part II assesses the candidate’s core abilities to apply medical knowledge, demonstrate clinical skills, develop investigational and therapeutic clinical plans, as well as demonstrate professional behaviours and attitudes at a level expected of a physician in independent practice in Canada. Candidates must have successfully completed the MCCQE Part I and be completing their postgraduate medical education (currently there is a requirement for one year of postgraduate education).

The MCCQE Part I and MCCQE Part II form two components of the LMCC, which, in turn, is one of the prerequisites for licensure and entry into independent practice in Canada.

The MCCQE Part II is a two-day examination that consists of a series of clinical stations including pilot stations that do not count towards your total score.

The exam, based on the Blueprint, 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:

You can take the MCCQE Part II in either English or French at a centre that offers the exam in that language.

Visit our Preparation resources page for resources to help you prepare for the MCCQE Part II.

How do I take the MCCQE Part II?

Applying to the MCCQE Part II is different than applying for other exams of the Medical Council of Canada. Because capacity is limited for each session, the process explained below will help us to provide access to as many candidates as possible. If you are interested in taking the MCCQE Part II, the following STEPS are required:

1. You must add your name to the pre-application list – The pre-application period will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time (ET) on May 21, 2019.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you must add your name to the pre-application list through your account at any time during the pre-application period between April 23 and May 21, 2019.

Please note the following exceptions for the October 2019:

  • If you are taking the April/May 2019 MCCQE Part I or the May 2019 MCCQE Part II, you will have an opportunity to add your name to the pre-application list, if eligible, after you receive your results in June 2019. We will send you a message through your account with more details about this process after you receive your exam results.
  • If you are in your first year of residency (PGY-1), you can add your name to the pre-application list during the main pre-application period. We will be randomly selecting PGY-1 candidates from the pre-application list after capacity has been allocated to all PGY-2+. If you are selected, you will receive an invitation to apply in July 2019.

Note: Adding your name to the pre-application list does not represent a completed application.

2. Wait to receive an invitation to apply; invitations will be sent starting May 24, 2019 

Starting on May 24, 2019, we will proceed with a random selection of candidates in their second year of residency and above (PGY-2+) from the pre-application list. Selected candidates will receive an invitation to apply to the exam.

Please monitor your account on a regular basis for further updates. If you do not receive an invitation to apply for the October 2019 session, you will need to wait to pre-apply to a future session.

While capacity for each session is limited, if a candidate is required to take the exam no later than a given session for licensure purposes or other reason related to progressing through their career, we will ensure that they are provided a spot in the exam no later than that session, provided that they add their name to the pre-application list during the pre-application period indicated above.

3. Complete and pay for your application to the exam if you receive our invitation to apply.

If you are selected to apply, you will receive a message through your account inviting you to apply before a specified deadline. After receiving this message, please complete and pay for your exam application through your account. Your application is only complete once you have paid the exam fees and received a transaction confirmation message.

For an overview of the pre-application process, please see the infographic.

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Examination at a glance

Below is additional information on the upcoming MCCQE Part II session.

October 2019 MCCQE Part II
Dates: October 26 and 27
Examination centres* Application information Results
Calgary (E), Edmonton (E)

Pre-application period is now closed.

 Fee: $2,570

The pre-application period for eligible candidates to add their name to a list will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on May 21, 2019.

Candidates who are waiting to receive their April/May 2019 MCCQE Part I or their May 2019 MCCQE Part II results will have a separate period to add their name to a pre-application list following result releases.

May session:

Results for the May session will be available by the end of June.

October session:

Results for the October session will be available in December.

Victoria (E), Vancouver (E)
Winnipeg (E)
St. John’s (E)
Halifax (E)
Hamilton (E), Kingston (E), London (E), Ottawa (E), Sudbury (E), Toronto (E)
Montreal I (E), Montreal II (F), Quebec (F), Sherbrooke (F)
Saskatoon (E)

*The centres are subject to change.

The MCCQE Part II centres are not bilingual; each centre is designated as either English (E) or French (F). For information regarding centre assignment, please visit the Centre selection page.

Proposed future MCCQE Part II dates

Please find below additional information on the proposed future MCCQE Part II dates.

Sessions Exam dates Expected application opening timeframe
May 2020 May 2 and 3 Fall 2019