Limits to number of exam attempts for MCCQE Part I and the MCCQE Part II starting in 2018: As you may be aware, limits will be introduced to the number of times candidates can take the MCCQE Part I and the MCCQE Part II starting in 2018.
Beginning in January 2018, candidates may apply and take the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part I and Part II a maximum of four times each. A one-year waiting period will be required between the third and fourth attempts. After four attempts, in exceptional personal circumstances, the candidate can request that the Central Examination Committee (CEC) grant them special permission to make a fifth attempt.
Exam attempts before 2018 will not count towards the limit; the count starts in 2018. If candidates receive a result of “no standing” because, for example, they fell ill during the exam, this will not count as an attempt. However, failing or a status of “denied standing” will be considered attempts.
This policy, put forward by the MCC’s Central Examination Committee (CEC) and approved by the Council last September, ensures fairness for candidates who are unlikely to be successful after numerous exam attempts, and prevents undue content exposure.