The Canadian College of Medical Geneticists General Examination is written every two years in the spring.  This multiple choice question-based examination is used to ensure minimum competency in human genetics.  The questions cover the topics in the CCMG General Knowledge Study Guide and are designed to test recall, application or critical thinking skills.


The General Examination normally occurs in mid-May.  The date will be posted on the CCMG website about 6 months prior to the examination.  About two weeks prior to the examination, the candidate will receive a letter stating the examination location and time.  The examination length is 3 hours.

On the day of the examination, the candidate will be asked to check-in with the proctor 30 minutes prior to the start time with government-issued photo identification.  Two HB pencils, a good white eraser and a non-programmable electronic calculator will be required.  Scrap paper will be provided in the examination room.  The candidate may bring in a bottle of water; however, the candidate should refrain from bringing in snacks as this causes a disturbance to the other candidates in the room.  All other possessions must be left at the front of the room with the proctor.

The examination, along with the answer “bubble” sheet, will be provided.  If the French examination was requested, the English version will also be provided for reference.  When answering the questions on the bubble sheet, ensure the bubbles are filled in completely and any changed answers are completely erased so that the scanner does not detect them.  Any answers with more than one bubble filled in will be marked as incorrect.  The question booklet and scrap paper will be collected and shredded by the proctor immediately following the examination and will not be marked.

The MCQ format is a stem (question) followed by 5 possible answers.  Candidates will be asked to choose the best possible answer.  As there are no deductions for incorrect answers, candidates are encouraged to fill in a bubble for each question.  

An example of an MCQ on the General Examination is:

The majority of Turner syndrome patients have the following number of chromosomes:

  1. 45
  2. 46
  3. 47
  4. 48
  5. 69

answer: A

Candidates will not receive their pass/fail status for the General Examination until the Written Specialty and OSLE examinations are completed.  Each General Examination is standard set to ensure that the passing grade reflects minimum competency.  Hence, the passing grade is not consistent from one examination to another.


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