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Qualifying Examination

The Qualifying Examination is typically administered twice each year. The most up to date exam information can be found below.

June 2022 Qualifying Examination


Exam Dates

  • MCQ Exam - June 14, 2022 - online, remote-proctored
    • MCQ Candidate Orientation - June 7, 2022 - 7:30 pm -8:30 pm EST
  • OSCE Exam - June 25 and 26, 2022 - In-person, Hamilton, Ontario
    • OSCE Candidate Orientation - June 21, 2022 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST


Registration Deadlines

  • Initial application deadline (For all new applicants) – May 3, 2022
    • For initial application forms click here.
  • QE registration deadline (after Initial Application is processed) – May 24, 2022
    • For QE Registration forms click here.

OSCE Location


David Braley Health Sciences Centre, McMaster University
100 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario


Vaccination Policy:

McMaster University has implemented the following vaccination policy:

  • All individuals involved in the CDO’s OSCE examination (candidates, assessors, standardized patients, exam administration staff) are seen as visitors under this McMaster University policy.  A visitor is defined as anyone who goes inside a building at any McMaster location for a consecutive 15minute period or for a total period of at least 1 hour during a 24-hour period.
  • According to the current, recently announced McMaster policy, ALL VISITORS  to the University are now required to download and use the McMaster Safety App and to use the app to upload and provide proof of FULL COVID-19 vaccination.  FULL COVID-19 vaccination status is applied to individuals where 14 or more days have passed since they received either the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or their first dose of a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine series.  
  • This proof must be uploaded at least one hour before the first time you attend a McMaster location. As a result of this policy, all exam candidates and exam personnel are required to download the app and upload proof of FULL COVID-19 vaccination before your first attendance at the exam location.  As a candidate, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have met this requirement before arriving to register for the CDO OSCE examination.  You will be required to confirm that you have met this requirement at the time you first register for the examination (Day 1 of the exam). 
  • If you are not vaccinated or have only been partially vaccinated, this policy prohibits you from attending the CDO OSCE examination. There are no exemptions from this policy.  Consequently, if you are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and are registered as a candidate you will not be permitted to take the examination at that time.  You may also request a full refund of your Examination Registration fees with no administrative penalty.   
  • This policy is implemented by McMaster University and any visitors to their campus must abide by this policy.
  • The College only has access to the information posted publicly by McMaster University on its website.  You may direct questions you have regarding this policy and using the McMaster Safety App to McMaster University’s Human Resources Services by phone (905-525-9140 ext 222-HR) or email (





Due to the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the changes in government directives that can be brought to bear in response to changes in the character of the pandemic, the College reserves the right to change, cancel or amend any examination dates. 

COVID-19 Precautions and Measures

The College has developed a comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Plan for the Qualifying Examination. The Safety Plan outlines the infection prevention and control measures that the College will institute to safeguard the wellbeing of candidates, standardized patients, exam administrators, exam assessors and College staff.

Please click here to view the College’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.