Frequently asked questions


Why are these changes necessary?
Beginning in 2011, the MCC has exhaustively examined its assessment process, collaborating with all medical regulatory authorities, faculties, certification colleges, and other stakeholders. This process identified areas for improvement, including:

  1. The need for more opportunities to take and retake the MCCQE Part I.
  2. The need to simplify and streamline the evaluation process for international medical graduates (IMGs).
  3. Additional preparatory material for the MCCQE Part I and Part II.
Furthermore, on March 31, 2015, the Government of Canada (Foreign Credentials Recognition Program – Labour Market Integration) announced the approval of $6.7 million over 3.5 years to the MCC for Streamlined and Equitable Assessment for Foreign-Trained Physicians. This funding will support an international and more flexible delivery of the MCCQE Part I, starting in 2019.

When will the changes take effect?
In spring 2018, the new MCCQE Part I will be launched based on the new Blueprint content weightings defined by the approved test specifications. This will be followed in fall 2018 by the new MCCQE Part II. This graphic details the timeline for MCC examination evolution.

Watch and listen to the MCC’s Dr. Claire Touchie as she describes the specific changes that will affect international medical students and graduates.

How will the changes benefit IMGs?
Benefits from these changes include:

  • The evaluation process will be streamlined for IMGs
  • Internationally educated candidates will be able to challenge the MCCQE Part I and NAC Examination directly, without first having to pass the MCCEE
  • The MCCQE Part I will be offered more frequently than at present. Candidates who challenge and fail the examination will have more opportunities to retake it.
  • IMGs will be able to take the MCCQE Part I and the NAC examination at approximately the same time
  • Additional preparatory material will be available