The Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part 1 consists of 196 multiple choice questions to be completed within 3.5 hours, and around 60 clinical decision-making scenarios, to be completed in 4 hours. The examination is in a computer-adaptive format, where the test adapts to how well you are doing.
The MCCQE Part I is a combined examination that evaluates the critical medical knowledge and clinical decision-making ability of a candidate at a level expected of a medical student who is completing his or her medical degree in Canada. Candidates graduating and completing the MCCQE Part I normally enter supervised practice. Aside from formal accreditation processes of the undergraduate and postgraduate education programs, the MCCQE Part I is the only national standard for medical schools across Canada and, thus, is administered at the end of medical school.
The MCCQE 1 is a one-day, computer-based exam. You are allowed up to four hours in the morning session to complete 210 Multiple-Choice Questions. You are allowed up to three and a half hours in the afternoon session for the Clinical Decision-Making component “CDM”, which consists of 38 cases with short-menu and short-answer write-in questions.
The exam is based on a Design that assesses your performance across two comprehensive categories:
- Dimensions of care, covering the spectrum of medical care;
- Physician activities, reflecting a physician’s scope of practice and behaviors.