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|Overview: Application for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS|
|You may use IWA to apply for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS), regardless of whether you are applying to ECFMG for examination for the first time or have applied for examination previously. ECFMG will begin processing your exam application after receiving the on-line part of the exam application; verification of your student or graduate status from your medical school; and any other required documents.|
BEFORE YOU BEGIN THE EXAM APPLICATION PROCESS, YOU MUST HAVE:
Before you begin an exam application, you should also review and be familiar with the
Policies and Procedures Regarding Irregular Behavior.
Before applying for Step 1 or Step 2 CK, you should also be familiar with the
Biometric Enabled Check-In System (BECS) Frequently Asked Questions, which
provide information on the privacy and security practices that have been established for the BECS program implemented by Prometric as part of standard test
day procedures for computer-based Step examinations.
You should gather the medical education information needed to complete the application. This information includes the names and addresses of medical schools you have attended or are attending, attendance dates, clinical clerkships completed, and any credits that you transferred to the medical school that awarded or will award your medical degree.
You should also review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) before you begin an exam application. If you still have questions, you may contact ECFMG Applicant Information Services between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time in the United States, Monday through Friday, at (215) 386-5900.
If you are completing an exam application for the first time, you should allow approximately one hour to complete all items. You should be able to complete subsequent applications in a shorter period of time since you will not need to re-enter all of the information.
TO COMPLETE AN EXAM APPLICATION, YOU WILL NEED:
A complete exam application consists of:
ECFMG must receive the on-line part; verification of your student or graduate status from your
medical school; and any other required documentation in order to process your application.
You must begin with the on-line part, which includes most of the application items. Instructions for the application items are available throughout the process. You can also print the application instructions for all items at any time.
As you move from screen to screen, the information you provide will be saved. If you are unable to answer all application items in one session or you are disconnected from the application, you can return to it later by clicking the link to your saved application after logging into IWA.
Although you do not have to answer all items in one session, you must complete all on-line application items within 14 days of the date you last saved the application. Otherwise, the application will no longer be valid, and you must start another application.
After completing the application items for one exam, you will have the opportunity to apply for other exams for which you may be eligible on the same application.
When you have completed the on-line part of the application, you will have the opportunity to review all information for accuracy and make any necessary corrections or changes before submitting it. As the last step in the on-line part of the application, you will receive important information about how your student or graduate status will be verified by your medical school.
Before an applicant can be registered for USMLE, ECFMG must receive verification of the applicant's status as a currently enrolled student or graduate directly from his/her medical school. ECFMG will request status verification from your medical school via the school’s preferred method, either electronically through the ECFMG Medical School Web Portal (EMSWP) Status Verification program or via a paper form (Certification Statement Form 183). If your medical school completes status verification requests electronically, you will be notified at the end of the on-line application process. If your medical school completes status verification requests via paper form, you will be provided with the form at the end of the on-line application process. Detailed instructions on how to complete and submit the form are also provided with the form.
As you fill out the exam application, you will receive information about the credentials that you may be required to submit at the time of application. For example, if you are a medical school graduate when you submit your first exam application, you must submit a copy of your final medical diploma with this initial exam application.
For complete information on the medical education credentials that may be required at the time of exam application, see Credentials for ECFMG Certification in the ECFMG Information Booklet. You can check the status of your medical education credentials using ECFMG's OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app.
Documents required to complete your application can be submitted to ECFMG via the MyECFMG mobile app or via mail or courier. All documents required to complete your application must be sent to ECFMG in one envelope, if being submitted by mail.
ECFMG processes exam applications typically within two weeks of receipt of the on-line part; verification of your student or graduate status from your medical school; and any other required documents. Eligible applicants are registered for USMLE after the processing of their applications is completed.
ECFMG cannot complete the processing of your application until your medical school verifies your status either electronically or via the paper form. The time needed to complete the processing of your application is contingent upon your medical school's response to the status verification request.
If your medical school participates in ECFMG’s electronic status verification program and does not verify your status within 12 months of the date your record was made available in EMSWP, your exam application will be rejected.
If you are required to complete a paper status verification (Form 183), ECFMG must receive Form 183 and any additional documents as soon as possible but no later than four months from the date you submit the on-line part of your application. ECFMG must receive the on-line part of your application, Form 183, and all required documents to process your application.
Practice materials for all Steps and Step Components, as well as further information on examination content and test formats for Step 1/Step 2 CK, are available on the USMLE website at www.usmle.org. Please note USMLE practice materials are updated periodically.
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