Examinations and assessments

CaRMS receives select exam results and documentation directly from the source eliminating the need for verification or notarized/certified copies of these documents. This simplifies the process and guarantees the validity of the document and results.

The most common examination/assessment results that we receive are:

  • Medical Council of Canada’s Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) and Qualifying Examinations (MCCQE I and MCCQE II)
  • National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) examination
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
  • College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC) examinations
  • Test de français international (TFI)
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)

All results must be sent directly from the issuing organization or uploaded to CaRMS Online by the applicant. Examination results sent to CaRMS by applicants will be returned at the applicant’s expense.

For information on how to submit examination results, consult the document instructions for Canadian medical graduates (CMGs) and/or the document instructions for international medical graduates (IMGs).

Programs require that all submitted documents are valid – meaning that they have not expired. Some examinations expire after a specific number of years following when the exam was written and passed. You are responsible for ensuring that your examination results are currently valid. The following table outlines typical expiration dates; however, you are responsible for verifying the expiration dates directly with the source.

Examination Expiry
TOEFL Two years after taken
USMLE Seven years to complete all exams and step three before invalid
CFPC No expiry date (conditions apply please contact CFPC)
IELTS Two years after taken
MCCEE No expiry date
MCCQE Part I & II No expiry date
NAC examination No expiry date
TOEIC* Two years after taken
TFI Two years after taken

*The TOEIC exam replaces the TSE exam. Results for the TSE are still valid for two years after taken.

For specific details, please review the examination types below.

Medical Council of Canada (MCC) and NAC examination results

You may be required to provide MCC and/or NAC examination results as part of your application.

For all our matches*, MCC examination data and documents, including the NAC,  are only accepted as transfers from physiciansapply.ca. Click here to learn how to connect to the custom physiciansapply.ca sharing page from your CaRMS Online account.

*Note: If you wrote the MCCEE prior to 2006, contact the MCC directly to arrange for a certified copy to be sent to CaRMS. Results prior to 2006 cannot be sent via physiciansapply.ca.

Language examinations

If your language of instruction during medical school was not English or French, you may be required to submit a language assessment exam according to the provincial or program criteria.

Common language examinations include:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Test de français international (TFI)
  • Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)
  • Language proficiency letters

Note: the IELTS does not exempt you from taking the TOEFL.