USMLE Application form 2018
Shivani Bhatt, 16 Apr 2018, #USMLE

USMLE Application form 2018: United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) is taken by international students aspiring to practice medicine in the USA. USMLE 2018 for international applicants are conducted by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). The commission (ECFMG) evaluates the credentials of the international medical graduates aspiring to enter the residency programme and practice medicine in the USA and Canada. Aspirants can apply for USMLE Step 1, Step CS and CK. The application form fee for USMLE 2018 is different for different steps as well as for aspirants from different regions of the world. The international medical graduates are also required to get an ECFMG certificate proving their eligibility for USMLE 2018.


How to get an ECFMG certification?

The Interactive Web Application (IWA) on ECFMG is used to apply for the USMLE exams. The online application for ECFMG certification is available on ECFMG’s Interactive Web Applications (IWA). To get an ECFMG certification, aspirants fill a few queries on the USMLE application form 2018 for ECFMG certification. The steps are as follows:

  1. Identity confirmation

  2. Contact information

  3. Proof of having graduated or enrolled in a medical school listed in World Directory of Medical Schools.

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You will also require an email address and ECFMG identification number. To get an ECFMG identification number, you have to complete the ECFMG On-line Authentication Process. You will get an ECFMG identification number and a temporary password, through which you can apply for ECFMG certification.


The On-line Applicant Status and Information System (OASIS), ECFMG’ is the web-based information service for ECFMG applicants. OASIS can be used by ECFMG certification applicants to check general information as well as know the status of items related to ECFMG Certification. OASIS can also be used to make payment, update contact details, access exam results, and perform certain transactions related to ERAS®, including requesting for an ERAS Token. Available around the clock, every day of the week, OASIS is quite easy to use and is free for ECFMG applicants.


USMLE Registration 2018

How to register for USMLE 2018?

Candidates can apply for USMLE registration 2018 after they have received the ECFMG certification. International aspirants are required to apply for USMLE 2018 through the IWA.  Candidates can register for USMLE 2018 registration for Step 1 and Step 2 (CK and CS) through ECFMG.


Requirements for completing USMLE 2018 Exam Application

  1. A personal computer with updated web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as well as Adobe Acrobat Reader

  2. An e-mail address

  3. A USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number and an On-Line Services Password

  4. A valid CREDIT CARD. ECFMG accepts anyone of these Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express


    United States Bank Checking Account: To Pay By Electronic Check, You Must Have Either A     Valid U.S. Driver's License Or A U.S. Social Security Number


  5. Candidates who have a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number, can pay their fee in advance to ECFMG using Form 900. Once the payment has been received and credited to the candidate’s ECFMG financial account, the candidate can start the IWA application process. Candidate can verify their ECFMG financial account status using ECFMG OASIS or the MyECFMG mobile app.

Before candidates can start the ECFMG Certification Application, you must have your USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number and on-line services password:


For first time applicants:

Candidates are required to complete the ECFMG On-line Authentication Process to get a USMLE/ECFMG Identification Number. Candidate are advised to wait for the ID number and temporary password before they can apply for ECFMG Certification.


For repeat applicants:

Candidates are required to have their USMLE/ECFMG ID no. and password. Candidates who have previously used the ECFMG’s OASIS will have a password. Those candidates who have not used OASIS need to have an ECFMG OASIS account and the required ID and password before they can begin their application.

Candidates who have forgotten or lost ID and/or password:

Such candidates are required to obtain their ID and password before they can apply for ECFMG.


While filling up the application form, the candidates should fill up the complete application in one session (in 15 minutes) as the web application does not save partially completed form for ECFMG certification. After completing the application, candidates can review their information for accuracy and make corrections before submitting. Candidates can also print a copy of their application for their records

The ECFMG certification application on submission becomes valid immediately after which the candidates can apply for USMLE 2018. Candidates will receive application receipt confirmation notification on their email address. Candidates can confirm their application submission through OASIS.


USMLE 2018 Application Form for Step 1 and Step 2 (CK and CS)

Exams selection: USMLE Step 1 is the first step in USMLE 2018 exam. It might be USMLE Step 1or Step 2 (CK and CS).


Eligibility period: International aspirants seeking to appear for USMLE and filling up USMLE application form 2018 for both Step 1 or Step 2 CK can select a three-month eligibility period. They can take the exam within the eligibility period. Candidates need to ensure that the eligibility period cannot be between the first fortnight (14 days) of January and or on major holidays. Candidates have to send their online application, Certification of Identification Form (Form 186) or Certification Statement (Form 183) to ECFMG to be able to select and eligibility period.


For Step 2 CS:

For the Step 2 CS exam, the candidates can select a one-year eligibility period as the exam takes place in USA.


Test centres: For USMLE application form 2018, candidates can select their USMLE 2018 test centre from the various test centres available in their country of residence. For Step 1 and Step 2 CK, International aspirants are required to choose the respective testing region such as Middle East, Europe or Asia. To choose a specific test centre, international students are required to check the Prometric website. The testing agency, Prometric, allows the candidates to select their choice of USMLE test centre. USMLE 2018 test centres for USMLE 2018 are loacted only in the USA.


Visa: Since the Step 2 CS is conducted only in the USA, ECFMG assists USMLE 2018 aspirants by providing them a letter stating their USMLE applicant 2018 to help with the fast processing of their visa application.


Name, DOB and contact details: Candidates are required to provide their complete and correct details in the USMLE 2018 application form. The candidates will receive their ECFMG certificate at the address mentioned.


Language: The USMLE application form 2018 also mandates the international aspirants from non-native English speaking countries to mention their mother tongue or language of communication.


National Identification Number: Aspirants from countries which issue identification similar to the US  social security number are required to mention it on the USMLE application form 2018.


Citizenship, ethnicity: International aspirants are required to clearly mention their citizenship and ethnicity at the time of applying for USMLE registration.


Employment: If you are employed at the time of applying for USMLE, you need to furnish details of your employment in the application form of USMLE 2018.


Postgraduate Medical Training: International aspirants who have completed a postgraduate medical or surgical training are required to mention this status in their USMLE 2018 application form. The details should include the particular specialization and the country from which the degree has been earned.


Medical school: Candidates are required to reenter the name of the medical school they attended in the application form of USMLE 2018. In case the candidate has attended more than medical school, the candidates are required to add the details. Information regarding the credit transfer for any course is also required to be mentioned in the USMLE application form 2018.


Education status: If the candidates have to mark themselves as “Student” if they have not completed the requirements like internships or social service, and are eligible for the final medical certificate. Candidate should mark themselves as “Graduate” if they have completed the requirements.


Clinical Clerkship: Aspirants who have done the rotation or internship as a part of the medical course are required to select the clinical discipline as well as the hospital or clinic name in the USMLE 2018 application form.


Certification Statement: Aspirants enrolled in a medical school which is not part of the ECFMG Medical School Web Portal (EMSWP) Status Verification program, are required to get a certification statement (form 183).


Certification of Identification Form (Form 186): Candidates enrolled in the medical school listed in the ECFMG Medical School Web Portal (EMSWP), but do not have a Certification of Identification, are required to fill up a Certification of Identification (Form 186), signed by the medical school’s authority.


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USMLE 2018 Application Form Fee Payment: Candidates can pay their USMLE 2018 application fee through credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express) or through electronic check (valid only for US bank accounts).


USMLE 2018 Application Fee:



Application for ECFMG Certification


USMLE Step 1

$910 (Surcharge-$0-$365 depending on the country)


$910 (Surcharge-$0-$410 depending on the country)



Extension of Eligibility Period (Step 1/Step 2 CK only)

$70 per exam

Step 1/Step 2 CK Testing Region Change


Step 1/Step 2 CK Rescheduling Fee

$0 – $569 (depending on exam, testing region, and date of cancellation)

Step 2 CS Rescheduling Fee

$0 – $1,285 (depending on date of cancellation)

Score Recheck (Step 1/Step 2 CK/Step 2 CS)

$80 per exam

Step 3


USMLE Step 3 application:

Candidates aspiring to apply for the USMLE 2018 Step 3 are required to apply through the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). The Step 3 of USMLE 2018 can only be taken in the USA. Candidates can take this final test round the year except the first week of January and on major holidays. With an eligibility period of 3 months, the USMLE test dates for Step 3 are offered on a first-come-first basis. The USMLE application form fee for USMLE Step 3 is $850.


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