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
  • Starting with the spring 2018 NAC exam session, international medical students and graduates will no longer be required to pass the MCCEE before they can apply to the NAC exam. Eligible candidates will be able to challenge the NAC exam first – or the MCCEE – in the order that they prefer, or even in the same month.
  • Please note that a pass on the MCCEE is still a prerequisite to apply to the MCCQE Part I, and will remain so up and until the fall 2018 MCCQE Part I session. As of application for the 2019 MCCQE Part I, which will open in fall 2018, IMGs will be able to apply to the MCCQE Part I directly, without a pass on the MCCEE. The MCCEE will be phased out; the last session will be November 2018.
  • 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 starting in 2019.
  • Additional preparatory material will be available