USMLE Application form 2020
Updated on Jan 20, 2020 - 3:22 p.m. IST by Manashjyoti
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USMLE Application Form 2020 - Before candidates start filling USMLE 2020 application form, they must note that the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) is made up of three steps: Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, and Step 3. The candidate may take Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS in any sequence, but Step 3 is allowed only after passing all previous steps. The USMLE 2020 application form for each step is different and has to be filled through the correct registration entity. Students / graduates of medical schools located outside the US and Canada taking Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS have to apply through ECFMG on IWA the IWA (Interactive Web Applications). Application form of USMLE 2020 for Step 3, however, will be accepted through Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). Before filling the USMLE application form 2020, the USMLE applicant needs to ensure that they meet the prescribed eligibility criteria.

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USMLE 2020 Application and Scheduling:

Step Component

Application and scheduling process

Additional information

Step 1 and Step 2 CK

Medical students/graduates outside the US/Canada have to fill USMLE 2020 application form via the ECFMG application website.

During the application process, candidates have to select a three-month eligibility period during which they prefer to test

An e-mail will be sent to the applicant notifying whether scheduling permit is available.

To schedule a test date, visit the Prometric website.

Test dates can be scheduled up to six months in advance


If one is not able to take the test within eligibility period, one must contact ECFMG to apply for a one-time eligibility period extension; a fee will be charged for this service


If the applicant doesn’t take the examination within the eligibility period, he/she must reapply with a new application and fee


The application fee is nonrefundable

Step 2 CS

Students/graduates of medical schools outside the US/Canada should apply via the ECFMG application website

Applicants will be assigned a 12-month eligibility period, which starts with the acceptance and verification of the application form

An e-mail will be sent to the applicant notifying that scheduling permit is available

To schedule test date, visit the USMLE website

Once assigned, eligibility period cannot be changed

If exam is not taken within

the assigned eligibility period, one must submit a new application and fee

The application fee is nonrefundable

Step 3

All graduates have to apply for Step 3 using the FSMB website.

During the USMLE application form 2020 filling process, candidates must select a three-month eligibility period during which they prefer to test

An e-mail will be sent to the applicant notifying that scheduling permit is available.

Visit the Prometric website to schedule your test dates.

Test dates can be scheduled up to six months in advance.

If one is unable to test within one’s eligibility period, contact the FSMB to apply for a one-time eligibility period extension; a fee is charged and restrictions may apply.

If the exam is not taken within the eligibility period, the candidate has to reapply with a new application and fee.

The application fee is nonrefundable

USMLE 2020 Registration Entity

Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS

Step 3

For students / graduates of LCME-or AOA-accredited medical programs in the US or Canada:

For students / graduates of medical schools located outside the US and Canada:

All medical school graduates who have passed Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS:

Apply through NBME on NLES (NBME Licensing Examination Services)

Apply through ECFMG on IWA (Interactive Web Applications)

Apply through FSMB.


USMLE Registration and Test Delivery

The registration process for USMLE steps has to be completed through the appropriate organization. For example, if the candidate is taking Step 1 and Step 2, he/she has to register through ECFMG. Alternatively, FSMB is the registration authority for Step 3; check below for full details.

USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Registration

  1. ECFMG is the organization that registers international medical students/graduates for Step 1 and Step 2 (CK and CS).

  2. ECFMG will be responsible for processing USMLE 2020 application form and payment, verification of eligibility, and sending notifications regarding the outcome of application.

  3. For eligible international medical students/graduates applying for Step 1/Step 2 CK, ECFMG is responsible for forwarding registration information to NBME, who issues exam scheduling permits.

  4. ECFMG will send e-mail notifications to applicants upon availability of scheduling permits.

  5. Prometric is responsible for scheduling and delivering test centers for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK. It acts as the test delivery entity for all examinees taking Step 1/Step 2 CK. Step 1 and Step 2 CK can be taken at Prometric test centers across the world.

  6. For eligible international medical students/graduates applying for Step 2 CS, ECFMG is responsible for issuing exam scheduling permits and sending e-mail notifications to applicants once scheduling permits are ready. The Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), a joint venture of ECFMG and NBME, conducts the Step 2 CS exam. Step 2 CS is delivered to all examinees at regional CSEC Centers in the United States.

  7. NBME determines the results of USMLE exams for all applicants and issues score reports. ECFMG will send test takers e-mail notifications when their Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS score reports are ready.

Note: The NBME is the registration entity for students/graduates of U.S. and Canadian medical school programs accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and U.S. medical schools accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

USMLE Step 3 Registration

  1. The Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) is the organization that registers all Step 3 applicants.

  2. Also for all applicants, NBME is responsible for determining the results of USMLE exams and for issuing the score reports. FSMB notifies examinees when their Step 3 score reports are available.

USMLE Application Fee 2020

Item

Fee(s)

How to Apply

Application for ECFMG Certification

$145

on-line using IWA*

Step 1

$965 - Examination Fee + International Test Delivery Surcharge, if testing outside the United States and Canada

on-line using IWA

Step 2 CK

$965 - Examination Fee + International Test Delivery Surcharge, if testing outside the United States and Canada

on-line using IWA

Step 2 CS

$1,600 - Examination Fee

on-line using IWA

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

$90 per exam

on-line using IWA

Step 1/Step 2 CK Testing Region Change

$85 per region which has two components: Clinical Skills (CS) and Clinical Knowledge (CK) change

Form 312

Step 1/Step 2 CK Rescheduling Fee

$0 – $604 (depending on exam, testing region, and date of cancellation)

Contact Prometric

Step 2 CS Rescheduling Fee

$0 – $1,300 (depending on date of cancellation)

on-line using Step 2 CS Calendar and Scheduling

Step 3

$895

Online

Step 3 Eligibility Extension

$70

(The processing fee is non-refundable)

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*Interactive Web Applications (IWA)

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Application for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS would comprise:

  1. Submission of on-line application

  2. Student or graduate status verification by the medical school

  3. Any other required documents, as outlined in IWA and the ECFMG Information Booklet.

How to apply for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS

  1. Candidates can apply for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS irrespective of whether they are applying for ECFMG for examination for the first time or have applied before.

  2. ECFMG will process USME 2020 application forms after receiving the on-line part of the exam application and verifying the candidate’s student or graduate status from the medical school. It will also verify and other documentary requirements.

  3. To complete the USMLE 2020 application for these steps, the candidate will need a valid email id and an USMLE/ ECFMG Identification number and an on-line services password.

  4. The candidate will also have to select an acceptable payment method.

  5. The on-line application doesn’t have to be completed in one session, but it must be completed within 14 days from the date it was last saved. Or else the application will no longer be valid and a new application has to be filled.

USMLE Status Verification

ECFMG will verify the applicant's status as a currently enrolled student or graduate directly from his/her medical school. Only if the verification is successful, the candidate will be able to register for USMLE. ECFMG will send status verification request to the medical school as per the school’s preferred method:

  1. Electronically through the ECFMG Medical School Web Portal (EMSWP) Status Verification program, or

  2. Via a paper form (Certification Statement Form 183).

If the medical school completes the status verification electronically, the candidate will be notified about it after the completion of the on-line application. However, if the verification is done in paper form, the candidate will be provided with the form at the end of the on-line application process.

Additional documents

Information related to credentials that has to be submitted at the time of application will be notified as the candidate fills out the exam application.

USMLE Step 3 Application

Step 3 is the final step in the USMLE sequence completion of which would lead to a license to practice medicine in the United States without supervision. Step 3 is the final assessment of physicians before they assume independent responsibility to deliver general medical care. It must be noted that Step 3 cannot be taken in the first two weeks of January or on major holidays. Test dates will be allotted on a first-come, first-served basis, and the USMLE program doesn’t guarantee availability of test centers. Therefore, the candidate should contact Prometric as soon as possible after receiving the scheduling permit to schedule test dates.

How to apply for USMLE Step 3

  1. All medical school graduates who have passed Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS are eligible to take Step 3

  2. USMLE application form for Step 3 has to be submitted through FSMB website.

  3. The candidate has to submit a Certification of Identity (CID). The CID application is mandatory for all Step 3 applications, unless a valid one is already on file.

  4. Approved CIDs from prior Step 3 applications are valid for a period of 5 years.

  5. However, the submission of CID is not considered an application for Step 3

  6. The candidate instead has to submit an on-line Step 3 application and make the exam fee payment

  7. The application fee for Step 3 is non-refundable and non-transferable from one eligibility period to another or from one application to another. Further, the application fee can only be paid using American Express, MasterCard or Visa.

  8. Any request for test accommodations has to be made in writing at the time of application submission for Step 3.

Eligibility for USMLE 2020 Examination

The eligibility criteria for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS of the USMLE 2020 may vary depending on whether the applicant is a medical school student or a medical school graduate.

USMLE Eligibility Criteria

Applicant type

Eligibility criteria for Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS

Medical School Students

Condition 1:

The applicant must be officially enrolled in a medical school located outside the United States and Canada that is listed in the World Directory as meeting ECFMG eligibility requirements, both:

  1. At the time that of application, and

  2. On your test day.

Also, the “Graduation Years” in the ECFMG note in the applicant’s medical school's World Directory listing must be “Current” at the time of application and and on test day.

Condition 2:

In addition to being currently enrolled,the applicant must have completed at least two years of medical school.

Condition 3:

Medical school students who take a leave of absence should consult with their medical schools about whether they will be considered officially enrolled in medical school during leave.

If the medical school considers a student on leave of absence to be withdrawn from medical school, the student is not officially enrolled in medical school and so is not eligible to apply for or take USMLE.

Medical School Graduates

Condition 1:


The physician must be a graduate of a medical school located outside the United States and Canada that is listed in the World Directory as meeting ECFMG eligibility requirements.


The graduation year must be included in the "Graduation Years" listed in the ECFMG note in the medical school’s World Directory listing.


Condition 2:


The candidate must have been awarded credit for at least four credit years (academic years for which credit has been given toward completion of the medical curriculum) by a medical school that is listed in the World

Directory as meeting ECFMG eligibility requirements.


Condition 3:


An authorized official from the medical school must certify the candidate’s status as a graduate of the school; instructions can be checked at the time of application for USMLE examination.

Meanwhile, those appearing for Step 3 must fulfill the following conditions:

  1. To be eligible for Step 3, international medical graduates must have passed Step 1 and Step 2 (CK and CS)

  2. And must be certified by ECFMG, among other requirements.

What is ECFMG Certification?

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification assesses whether international medical graduates are fit to enter residency or fellowship programs in the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

ACGME mandates that international medical graduates who enter ACGME-accredited programs are certified by ECFMG.

Further,

  1. ECFMG Certification is also one of the eligibility requirements for international medical graduates (IMGs) to take Step 3 of the three-step USMLE

ECFMG Eligibility Criteria

  1. Medical School Requirements: The applicant’s medical school must be listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools (World Directory) as meeting ECFMG eligibility requirements.

  2. Examination Requirements: The physician must have passed Step 1 and Step 2 of the USMLE. The Step 2 exam comprises two separately administered components: the Clinical Knowledge (CK) component and the Clinical Skills (CS) component.

  3. Time limit for completion of examination requirements: As per ECFMG policy, international medical students/graduates must pass USMLE Steps and Step Components within a seven-year period. The seven-year period begins on the exam date of the first Step or Step Component passed and ends exactly seven years from that exam date.

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