Medical Council of Canada


Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II

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

MCCQE Part II – Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Our priority during the COVID-19 is to ensure the safety of our candidates and all involved in our exams. We have worked collaboratively with stakeholders to make the changes necessary for the delivery of the MCCQE Part II with physical distancing and other personal protective measures, as per the guidelines set by local public health authorities, put in place at the available examination centres.

The MCCQE Part II is an in-person exam. Given the evolving pandemic and the potential for changing travel restrictions, we are asking MCCQE Part II candidates to select the centre that is closest to the place they are residing, in the same province where possible, to limit unnecessary travel. It is important to also remain informed of travel restrictions in effect. For those living outside of Canada, the exams will continue to be delivered at least twice yearly and those candidates can take the exams when they feel it is safe to travel.

For the October 2020 and February 2021 MCCQE Part II sessions, due to COVID-19 and physical distancing measures in place, where physical examination is indicated, candidates will not be performing physical examinations for this session but will be expected to describe to the Physician Examiner what manoeuvres they would perform and what they would be looking for.

February 2021 MCCQE Part II session

In order to minimize the impact of postponing the May 2020 session to October 2020 and to provide candidates an opportunity to complete the exam before the next scheduled session in May 2021, we have added a session in February 2021. This distinct session of the exam will take place on February 6 and 7.  The pre-application period is now open. If you would like to be notified once pre-application for the May 2021 session opens, please click on Subscribe at the top right of this page to add your email address.

Note: Capacity for all MCCQE Part II sessions is limited. Candidates who add their name to the pre-application list must wait to be invited to apply if they are selected. Pre-application for the February 2021 session is limited to candidates in their PGY-2 or higher year at time of pre-application.

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 (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 consists of a series of clinical stations.

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 the chosen 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:

STEP 1: You must add your name to the pre-application list. The pre-application period for the February 6-7, 2020 session will open in late July.

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.

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

STEP 2: Wait to receive an invitation to apply; invitations will be sent starting August 27, 2020.

Starting on August 27, 2020, 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.

Additional invitations to apply will be sent in September based on remaining available spaces. Please monitor your account on a regular basis for further updates. If you do not receive an invitation to apply for the February 2021 session by the end of September 2020, 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.

STEP 3: Complete and pay for your application to the exam if you receive an 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 application fees and received a transaction confirmation message. If you do not apply by the deadline specified in the message, your space will be offered to another candidate.

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Examination at a glance

Below is additional information on the upcoming MCCQE Part II session. Candidates will take the exam on one of two days: February 6 or 7, 2021.

February 2021 MCCQE Part II
Dates: February 6 and 7
Examination centres* Application information Results
Calgary (E), Edmonton (E)
 February 2021 session:

Pre-application period is now open and will remain open until 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time on August 17, 2020.

Fee: $2,780

February 2021 session:

Results for the February 2021 session will be available by the end of March 2021.

Victoria (E), Vancouver (E)
Winnipeg (E)
St. John’s (E)
Halifax (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, visit the Centre selection page.

Proposed future MCCQE Part II dates

Sessions Exam dates Expected application opening timeframe
May 2021 To be confirmed To be confirmed