Please note that the MCC changes to its examination program in 2018 and 2019 reflect the reality of medical practice and the current health-care needs of Canadians. As part of this transition, the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Examination eligibility criteria have changed to provide candidates with more flexibility and enhanced access to the examination.
The following changes were introduced with the March 2018 session:
The MCCEE is no longer an eligibility requirement to apply to the NAC exam
International medical students and graduates are no longer required to pass the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) before they can apply to the NAC exam since the MCCEE has now been phased out.
Candidates can retake the NAC exam if they have a pass (or fail) result, for up to three attempts in total
Prior to 2018, only candidates who had failed the exam could retake it. As of 2018, candidates with a pass are also able to retake it. The candidate’s latest result will be the only valid result and will not expire.
Candidates who wish to retake the exam will have to skip a session before reapplying. For example, a candidate who took the September 2018 NAC exam will be able to retake the exam, at the earliest, in September 2019, skipping the March 2019 session.
International medical students may take the NAC exam within 12 months of their anticipated date of graduation
Given that the MCCEE is no longer a prerequisite for the NAC exam, international medical students can apply to the NAC exam any time within 12 months of graduation, and can take it before or after taking the QEI, or apply to both at the same time.
This requirement does not apply to medical graduates who may apply to the exam at any time as they have already completed their medical degree.
Please see NAC exam application and eligibility for more information.