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MCCEE, MCQEE Part 1 & 2

MCC Exams | USMLE | Payments


MCC Exams

1) What are the licensing exams required to practice medicine in Canada?

The requirements involved in obtaining a license to practice medicine in Canada include the successful completion of the following three exams: 

MCCEE (Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam)

MCCQE Part 1 (Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part One)

MCCQE Part 2 (Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part Two)

2) What does the MCCEE consist of?

The MCCEE is a multiple choice test, offered as a computer-based exam. The MCCEE is designed as a general assessment of the candidate's basic medical knowledge of the principal fields of medicine. These fields include medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery and preventive medicine and community health. 

The exam consists of 180 multiple-choice questions. Each multiple-choice question has a stem and five options, of which only one is correct. The exam is 4 hours in length. 

Note: The MCCEE is required only of International Medical Graduates (IMGs). The MCCQE Part 1 and MCCQE Part 2 are required of all physicians (IMGs and Canadian medical school graduates).

3) What does the MCCQE Part 1 consist of?

The MCCQE Part 1 consists of multiple-choice questions and Clinical Decision Making (CDM) cases. This exam tests the medical knowledge of medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, surgery and population health, legal, ethical, and organizational aspects of Canadian medicine. 

The MCCQE Part 1 is a one-day computer-based test. The candidate is allowed up to 3.5 hours in the morning session to complete the 196 multiple choice questions component. The 196 questions are divided into 7 blocks of 28 questions. Each block consists of 7 testlets (one testlet from each of the 6 categories and 1 experimental testlet). Each testlet has 4 questions. 

Each multiple-choice question has a stem and five options, of which only one is correct. Certain test items will have pictorial material presented in the form of photographs, diagrams, x-rays or electrocardiograms. 

Four hours are allowed in the afternoon session for the Clinical Decision Making (CDM) component, which consists of cases that have a longer set of answer choices; and, some have short answer write-in questions. The CDM portion consists of approximately 55-60 cases with a maximum of 80 questions total. Each case has 1-4 questions.

4) What does the MCCQE Part 2 consist of?

The MCCQE Part 2 is not a multiple-choice, computer-based test like the MCCEE or MCCQE Part 1. It is a test where you encounter patients and take a history, do a physical exam and then write a summary note of your findings. There is also a set of questions that you have to answer regarding the patients you will see. 

There are two types of stations where you encounter patients: Couplet Stations and Ten-Minute Stations. 

Couplet Stations consist of a Five-Minute Clinical Encounter plus a Five-Minute Post-Encounter Probe (PEP). Five-Minute Clinical Encounter is where you obtain a focused relevant history and a focused physical examination while being observed by a Physician Examiner who uses a standardized checklist to assess each candidate's performance. Five-Minute Post-Encounter Probe is a written station where questions are in a short-answer, write-in format. Candidates are requested to record their findings from the previous station, suggest a differential diagnosis, interpret labs and imaging and suggest an investigation or management plan.  

Ten-Minute Stations assess the candidate's ability to obtain a history and/or conduct a physical examination to demonstrate interviewing and communication skills, or to apply management skills. These stations are structured for the candidate to interact with the patient for 10 minutes, or for 9 minutes, followed by a 1-minute period in which the Physician Examiner asks the candidate one to three brief questions related to the case being presented. Physician Examiners observe the encounter and use a standardized checklist to assess each candidate's performance. 

The MCCQE Part 2 is comprised of 4 Couplet Stations and 8 Ten-Minute Stations.

5) What are the services offered by CanadaQBank®?

CanadaQBank® now offers a comprehensive set of 4 (four) complete QBanks (Question Banks) for the following exams: 

MCCEE

MCCQE Part 1 Testlet

MCCQE Part 1 CDM

MCCQE Part 2 

Each QBank consists of classic, simulated multiple-choice questions and/or cases designed to reflect the content of the MCCEE, MCCQE Part 1 and MCCQE Part 2. Online subscriptions for a 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 or 12 month period can be purchased to access these questions. Additional extensions can be purchased as well.

6) Who creates the questions and cases offered by CanadaQBank® and what is the method for developing them?

CanadaQBank® has developed, through an extensive effort, over 3000 multiple-choice questions for the MCCEE, over 200 CDM cases for the MCCQE Part 1, over 300 Testlet cases for the MCCQE Part 1 and 115 cases for the MCCQE Part 2. We are confident that they are the very best questions and cases for the MCC exams.  

These questions have been carefully prepared by our team of expert physicians. We have followed the guidelines set by the Medical Council of Canada, listed here:  

http://apps.mcc.ca/pdf/MCQ_Guidelines_e.pdf.pdf

http://apps.mcc.ca/pdf/CDM_Guidelines_e.pdf.pdf

The questions are based on (but not limited to) the topics listed in the Medical Council of Canada Exam Objectives here: http://apps.mcc.ca/Objectives_Online/

The 6 subjects covered on these exams are: General Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine and Community Health.

7) What is the best way to prepare for the Medical Council of Canada exams?

If you are preparing for the MCCEE, the MCCQE Part 1 or the MCCQE Part 2 we recommend a 3-6 month subscription to the corresponding QBank at CanadaQBank®. We have found, through feedback from medical students and physicians, that this works best.

The key is to do the questions repeatedly, at least twice, but preferably three times. Also read the explanations very carefully. This will help you master the topics. Take a look at your exam analysis to identify which subject areas you are weakest in. Then during your revision period, concentrate on improving your scores in those subjects.

8) What does the QBank for the MCCEE consist of?

Our QBank for the MCCEE is the best source for classic, simulated questions for this exam. This QBank contains over 3000 (three thousand) of the best multiple-choice questions that cover the subjects tested on this exam (General Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine and Community Health). 

Questions can be taken in blocks of up to 50, in timed and untimed modes. Each question also has a detailed explanation that outlines why the answer choice is correct.

9) What does the Testlet QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 consist of?

Our Testlet QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 is the best source for classic, simulated questions for this exam. This QBank contains 300 Testlet cases that comprise 1200 (twelve hundred) of the best multiple-choice questions that cover the subjects tested on this exam (General Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine and Community Health). 

Each Testlet has 4 questions. Therefore the 300 Testlets contain a total of 1200 questions. Each question has 5 answer choices, only one of which is correct. Each Testlet also has a detailed explanation of the answers. The explanation outlines why the answer choices are correct. 

Note: A customer who subscribes to the ‘QBank for the MCCQE Part 1’ will have access to both the CDM QBank and the Testlet QBank described above.

10) How does the format of the Testlet QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 differ from the MCQs on the actual MCCQE Part 1? 

On the actual MCCQE Part 1 exam, administered by the Medical Council of Canada, there are 196 multiple choice questions that are divided into 7 blocks of 28 questions. Each block of 28 questions consists of 7 sets of questions (one set from each of the 6 subjects and 1 experimental set). Each set has 4 questions from one of the six subject areas.

Therefore, on the actual exam, in each of 7 seven blocks there are questions in sets of four for each of the six subjects.

The 'Testlets' in our QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 are designed as cases. We structured our QBank to reflect this grouping of four questions per subject. But instead of four questions per subject (which would be too broad), each of our Testlet cases consists of four questions from a specific topic. This has proven to be a more focused way of preparing for the MCQ section of the actual MCCQE Part 1.

You can read more about the format of the MCCQE Part 1 exam here: http://apps.mcc.ca/pdf/MCQ_instructions_e.pdf

If you would like practice Multiple Choice Questions that are not part of Testlet Cases, please subscribe to our QBank for the MCCEE. It contains over 3800 of the very best, classic, simulated Multiple Choice Questions for the Medical Council of Canada exams.

11) What does the CDM QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 consist of?

Our CDM QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 is the best source for classic, simulated cases and questions for this exam. This QBank contains over 200 of the best CDM (Clinical Decision Making) cases that cover the subjects tested on this exam (General Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery, Psychiatry, Preventive Medicine and Community Health). Each case has 2-4 questions so there are approximately 500 total questions in this QBank. 

Each CDM case has an opening stem/vignette, followed by 2-4 questions. Each question has anywhere from 10-30 answer choices, from which the examinee will select the appropriate answers (on average there are 2-7 correct answers). Each case also has a detailed explanation of the answers. The explanation outlines why the answer choices are correct. 

Note: A customer who subscribes to the ‘QBank for the MCCQE Part 1’ will have access to both the CDM QBank and the Testlet QBank described above.

12) What does the QBank for the MCCQE Part 2 consist of?

Our QBank for the MCCQE Part 2 is the best source for classic, simulated cases for this exam. This QBank contains a total of 140 of the very best cases that cover the topics tested on this exam. This QBank contains 70 Couplet Station cases and 70 Ten-Minute Station cases. Each case covers a different topic from the subject areas tested. 

Couplet Stations cases consist of a five minute clinical encounter plus a five minute post-encounter probe (PEP). Five minute clinical encounter cases list what points you must ask during your history and what you should check during your physical examination. Five minute post-encounter probe cases show the questions and answers for each patient.  

Ten-Minute Station cases list the relevant points you must ask during your history and what you should check in your physical examination. These cases also include the brief questions and answers for each patient scenario.

13) Are the QBanks for the MCCQE Part 1 different than the QBank for the MCCEE?

Yes. Our QBanks for the MCCQE Part 1 contain completely different sets of questions than the QBank for the MCCEE. There is no duplication of questions between these QBanks. The format for each QBank is different also. Each QBank has been carefully prepared and designed to reflect the content, question format and style of the actual MCCEE and MCCQE Part 1.

14) What subject categories do the questions in the QBanks cover?

The categories covered in the QBanks are the same that the Medical Council of Canada exams cover, and those six categories are: 

General Medicine

Pediatrics

Obstetrics and Gynecology (OBGYN)

Surgery

Psychiatry

Preventive Medicine and Community Health (PMCH) 

Questions on ethics and epidemiology are grouped in the preventive medicine and community health (PMCH) category.

15) I am preparing for the MCCQE Part 1. Would the questions in the QBank for the MCCEE be of benefit for me to use?

Yes! The actual MCCEE and MCCQE Part 1 have very similar contents and cover the same six subjects. Therefore the questions in the QBank for the MCCEE would be of great benefit to someone preparing for the MCCQE Part 1.

16) I am preparing for the MCCEE. Would the questions in the QBanks for the MCCQE Part 1 be of benefit for me to use?

Yes! The actual MCCEE and MCCQE Part 1 have very similar contents and cover the same six subjects. Therefore the questions in the QBanks for the MCCQE Part 1 would be of great benefit to someone preparing for the MCCEE.

17) What is the policy on purchasing extra time for an existing subscription?

An examinee who purchases a subscription and completes it may purchase additional time for a discounted price. If you already have a subscription and need additional time, you may do so by logging in and purchasing it by clicking on ‘purchase.’ 

Please note: all your exam data is kept in your account for up to 4 months after your subscription expires. At that time it will be deleted.

18) Can I see sample questions and cases from the QBanks you offer?

Yes! Please click on the following links to see a sample demo of each CanadaQBank®: 

Demo QBank for the MCCEE 

View the free demo here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/login2.php  

Enter the username: demo@demo.com and the password: "demo" (without the quotation marks). 

Demo Testlet QBank for the MCCQE Part 1

View the free demo here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/login2.php  

Enter the username: testletdemo@testletdemo.com and the password: "testletdemo" (without the quotation marks). 

Demo CDM QBank for the MCCQE Part 1

View the free demo here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/login2.php  

Enter the username: cdmdemo@cdmdemo.com and the password: "cdmdemo" (without the quotation marks). 

Demo QBank for the MCCQE Part 2

View the free Demo Cases for the MCCQE Part 2 to see the details of this QBank:

Demo Couplet History Taking Station Case
Demo Couplet Physical Exam Station Case
Demo Ten-Minute Station Case

Demo QBank for the USMLE Step 1

View the free demo here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/login2.php  

Enter the username: step1demo@demo.com and the password: "step1demo" (without the quotation marks). 

Take a Tour of CanadaQBank.com

View our New Demo Video about the CanadaQBank.com new User Interface.

19) Will anything be shipped to me in the mail?

No. Nothing is shipped by mail. Once you purchase a subscription to a QBank, and your payment is accepted, your access to the QBank will be activated. At that point you will be able to access the QBank immediately with your login and password.

20) How do I register to take the MCCEE and the MCCQE Parts 1 and 2?

That is done entirely through the Medical Council of Canada (MCC). Please visit their website: www.mcc.ca 

CanadaQBank® does not register candidates for these exams. CanadaQBank® is not affiliated with the MCC. CanadaQBank® offers carefully prepared, classic and simulated multiple-choice exam questions and cases, based on the MCC exam topics and objectives  to potential examinees to help them prepare for, and successfully pass, these exams with high scores. 

You are strongly encouraged to read the www.mcc.ca website for detailed and important information about these exams. 

21) I have heard that the questions in your QBank are suitable for preparation for the USMLE, AMC (Australian Medical Council) exams and the PLAB in the United Kingdom?

Yes! Many medical students and physicians in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom have used CanadaQBank® to study for their licensing exams.

Our QBank for the MCCEE has multiple-choice questions that are very similar in content and style to the questions tested on the USMLE Step 2 CK, AMC 1 exam and PLAB 1. They also cover the same subjects tested on the USMLE Step 2 CK, AMC 1 exam and the PLAB 1.

Our QBank for the MCCQE Part 1 has long-form multiple-choice questions and cases that are very similar in content and style to the questions and cases tested on the USMLE Step 3.

In addition, the cases in our QBank for the MCCQE Part 2 are very similar in content and style to the OSCE cases tested on the National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), CEHPEA CE1, Saskatchewan SIPPA OSCE, Manitoba CAPE, Nova Scotia CAPP, USMLE Step 2 CS, AMC 2 and the PLAB 2.



USMLE

1) What are the licencing exam required to practice medicine in United States?

The United States Medical Licensing Examination ® (USMLE®) is a three-step examination for medical licensure in the United States.

Those exams are the

USMLE Step 1
USMLE Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge)
USMLE Step 2 CS (Clinical Skills)
USMLE Step 3

USMLE is sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®)

2) What does the USMLE Step 1 consist of?

Step 1 of USMLE is a multiple choice test, offered as a computer-based exam. Each examination covers content related to the traditionally defined disciplines of anatomy, behavioral sciences, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology, as well as to interdisciplinary areas including genetics, aging, immunology, nutrition, and molecular and cell biology

Step 1 is a broadly based, integrated examination. Test items commonly require you to perform one or more of the following tasks:

  • interpret graphic and tabular material,
  • identify gross and microscopic pathologic and normal specimens,
  • apply basic science knowledge to clinical problems.
It is an eight-hour computer-based exam consisting of 322 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) divided into seven blocks each consisting of 46 questions.

3) What does the USMLE Step 2 consist of?

Step 2-CK
USMLE Step 2 CK is assesses clinical knowledge through a multiple-choice examination. It is a 9 hour exam consisting of 8 blocks of 44 questions each, and one hour is given for each block of questions. The subjects included clinical science subjects: Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Step 2-CS
USMLE Step 2 CS is assesses clinical skills through simulated patient interactions. The examinees interact with standardized patients portrayed by actors. Each examinee faces 12 Standardized Patients (SPs) and is allocated 15 minutes to complete history taking and clinical examination for each patient, and 10 more minutes to write a patient note to describe findings, initial differential diagnosis list and a list of initial tests.

4) What does the USMLE Step 3 consist of?

USMLE Step 3 is the final exam in the USMLE series. Step 3 is 16 hour examination divided over two-days. Each day of testing must be completed within eight hours. The first day of testing includes 336 multiple-choice items divided into 7 blocks, each consisting of 48 items. Examinees must complete each block within sixty minutes. The second day of testing includes 144 multiple- choice items, divided into 4 blocks of 36 items. Examinees are required to complete each block within forty-five minutes. Approximately 3 hours are allowed for these multiple-choice item blocks.

Also on the second day are twelve Clinical Case Simulations, where the examinees are required to 'manage' patients in real-time case simulations. Examinees enter orders for medications and/or investigations into the simulation software, and the condition of the patient changes. Cases are of 20 or 10 minutes.

Approximately forty-five minutes to one hour is available for break time on each of the two days of testing.

5) What are the services offered by CanadaQBank?

CanadaQBank offers 3000+ of the best classical simulated MCQs for preparation of USMLE Step 1. In addition to this, CanadaQBank offers free Android and iOS Applications which allow you to download the practice mcqs to your phone/table and study anywhere.

6) Who creates the questions and cases offered by CanadaQBank and what is the method for developing them?

CanadaQBank has developed, through an extensive effort, over 3000 multiple- choice questions for the USMLE Step1.

These questions have been carefully prepared by our team of expert physicians. We have followed the guidelines set by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), listed here:
http://www.nbme.org/publications/item-writing-manual-download.html

The questions are based on (but not limited to) the topics listed here:
http://www.usmle.org/pdfs/step-1/2012content_step1.pdf

7) What does the QBank for the USMLE Step 1 consist of?

Our QBank for the USMLE Step 1 is the best source for classic, simulated questions for this exam. This QBank contains over 3000 of the best multiple-choice questions that cover the subjects tested on this exam.

Questions can be taken in blocks of up to 50, in timed and untimed modes. Each question also has a detailed explanation that outlines why the answer choice is correct.

8) What subject categories do the questions in the QBanks cover?

Anatomy, Biochemistry, Embryology, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Ethics, Genetics, Histology/Molecular Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, Physiology, Psychology

9) Can I see sample questions and cases from the QBanks you offer?

Yes! Please click on the following links to see a sample demo of each CanadaQBank:

Demo QBank for the USMLE Step 1
View the free demo here: http://www.canadaqbank.com/usmle-step1.php
Enter the username: step1demo@demo.com
and the password: "step1demo " (without the quotation marks).

10) What is the best way to prepare for the USMLE?

If you are preparing for USMLE Step 1 multiple choice exams, we recommend a 3-6 month subscription to the corresponding QBank at CanadaQBank. We have found, through feedback from medical students and physicians that this works best.

The key is to do the questions repeatedly, at least twice, but preferably three times. Also read the explanations very carefully. This will help you master the topics. Take a look at your exam analysis to identify which subject areas you are weakest in. Then during your revision period, concentrate on improving your scores in those subjects.

11) How can I Register for the USMLE Step 1?

For information and assistance to register for USMLE please visit

USMLE Home Page www.usmle.org

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates www.ecfmg.org

Prometric Testing Centres
https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/usmle/Pages/landing.aspx



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