Assessment overview

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. Examination content that is better aligned with current health-care needs and medical school curricula.
  2. The need for more opportunities to take and retake the MCCQE Part I.
  3. Additional preparatory material for the MCCQE Part I and Part II.
The new MCC assessment Blueprint and the Assessment Evolution initiative address all three concerns.

Important information

As a Canadian medical student or graduate, you can expect the following changes to affect you starting in 2018 and 2019:

  1. Changes to both the MCCQE Part I and Part II to align with the new Blueprint. Specifically, there will be greater focus on health promotion, illness prevention, and psychosocial factors – as well as communication with patient families, with other professionals, and with colleagues.
  2. A new passing standard, to be implemented as of the spring 2018 MCCQE Part I and fall 2018 MCCQE Part II sessions.
  3. More opportunities to take and retake the MCCQE Part I starting in 2019 – four to five times per year versus the current two times per year. It will also be offered in vendor centres around the world in multi-week windows.
  4. New preparatory material.

The following timeline shows important dates related to these changes:
MCC Assessment Evolution timeline

Preparatory material
As a candidate preparing to take the new Qualifying Examinations based on the Blueprint, you will be supported by new preparatory material, including:

  • A multiple-choice questions test and clinical decision making test – new, enhanced examinations, including content related to multiple-choice and clinical decision making. Each test will represent a sampling of the MCCQE Part I.
  • Preparatory Examinations (PE) – complete MCCQE Part I test forms will simulate the exam experience, and provide candidates with question-level feedback
  • Orientation self-study program on topics such as communication and cultural competency as well as the ethical, legal, and organizational aspects of medicine
The orientation self-study program is currently available on, while the multiple-choice questions test, clinical decision making test and Preparatory Examinations will be made available on starting in 2018.