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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.

Scroll to the bottom for February 2022 Exam Details


Fall 2021 OSCE Qualifying Examination


Exam Dates

OSCE 2021 Fall Dates

  • October 23/24, 2021
  • November 27/28, 2021

MCQ Exam - The next MCQ administration will be in Winter 2022


Registration Deadlines

  • Oct OSCE registration deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Nov OSCE registration deadline: November 5, 2021


ONLY the following candidates can register for the fall administration of the OSCE exam:
  • Registered candidates who are attempting the OSCE portion for the first time.
  • Repeat candidates of any prior registration year who require a repeat of their OSCE portion.
  • Potential candidates who have successfully completed their academic assessments but have not yet attempted the OSCE portion.

All new applicants and potential candidates who have not completed their initial application or academic assessment with the College can register for the Qualifying Examination that will be administered in early 2022 (January-March).  



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 (hr.mcmaster@mcmaster.ca).



Because of the backlog of Candidates, we are administering the OSCE Examination on 3 separate weekends, once in each of September, October and November (2021). Not everyone can take the examination on the same date.

In order to schedule candidates as fairly as possible the following process will be followed:

  1. Candidates will be asked to complete an online survey indicating their order of preference for taking the OSCE examination on the dates that it is being administered. (This is a guide for the College during the scheduling process, not a menu).
  2. The order in which candidates will be assigned an examination slot will be determined by the date on which they first became an approved examination candidate (effective date).


Contingency Plan:

In the unfortunate event that the dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic results in further governmental restrictions affecting building capacity, ability to congregate indoors, and/or physical distancing requirements that may result in the cancellation of a specific OSCE administration, we will reprioritize candidates based on their prioritization order. This means that if one OSCE administration has to be cancelled, candidates with a higher prioritization sequence will be given the first opportunity to take the next OSCE administration. This may result in the shifting of some candidates to the next available administration.

While this will be an extremely unfortunate situation, this procedure is based on procedural fairness with higher sequenced candidates having had to wait longer for the next OSCE exam proportional to lower sequenced candidates. We of course hope there will be no disruption to the proposed exam schedule.



February 2022 Qualifying Examination

Exam Dates

  • MCQ Candidate Orientation - February 1, 2022 (Online, non-mandatory)
  • MCQ (Winter 2022) Exam - February 8, 2022 (Remote Proctored)
  • OSCE Candidate Orientation - TBA (Online, non-mandatory)
  •  OSCE (Winter 2022) Exam - February 26 & 27, 2022 - Hamilton, Ontario

Registration deadlines

  • Winter 2022 - Initial application deadline – TBA in the fall of 2021, registration opens in fall 2021
  • Winter 2022 - QE registration deadline – TBA in the fall of 2021, registration opens in fall 2021



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.