The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
Scheduling the Examination
Once ECFMG verifies that you are eligible and your registration is complete, your scheduling permit will be issued. If you apply for more than one exam at the same time, you will be issued separate scheduling permits for each exam. ECFMG will send your scheduling permit to the e-mail address in your ECFMG record. You will not receive the scheduling permit or notification by postal mail.
Important Note: For Step 1 and Step 2 CK, if the beginning of your assigned eligibility period is more than six months in the future, your scheduling permit will not be available or sent via e-mail until approximately six months before the beginning of the assigned eligibility period.
The scheduling permit is a very important document; it includes your assigned eligibility period, a description of the form(s) of identification you must bring to the test center on your exam date, and instructions for scheduling your testing appointment. You must bring your scheduling permit to the test center on your exam date. Your name, as it appears on your scheduling permit, must exactly match the name on your form(s) of identification. Please review your scheduling permit for details and limited exceptions. If you do not bring a copy of your scheduling permit (electronic or paper) and required identification on each day of your exam, you will not be allowed to take the exam. If you are not allowed to take the exam, you must pay a fee to reschedule your exam. Your rescheduled testing appointment must fall within your assigned eligibility period.
If the name listed on your scheduling permit is not correct, contact ECFMG immediately by e-mail, telephone, or fax. Use the contact information for General Inquiries on the Contact ECFMG page of the ECFMG website.
If the name in your ECFMG record is changed while you are registered for an exam, a revised scheduling permit reflecting this change will be issued. ECFMG will send your revised scheduling permit via e-mail. You must bring the revised scheduling permit to the test center. Name changes must be received and processed by ECFMG no later than seven business days before your testing appointment, or you will not be able to test. For Step 1 or Step 2 CK, if your eligibility period is extended or your testing region is changed while you are registered, a revised scheduling permit reflecting this change will be issued. You must bring the revised scheduling permit to the test center.
If you lose your scheduling permit, you can access it through IWA.
You can schedule your testing appointment as soon as you obtain your exam scheduling permit. Please refer to your scheduling permit for instructions on reviewing available test dates and centers and scheduling a testing appointment. If you do not schedule and take the exam within your eligibility period, you must reapply by submitting a new application and exam fee(s), if you wish to take the exam.
If you are unable to keep your Step 1 or Step 2 CK testing appointment, you are permitted to reschedule your appointment within your eligibility period. A fee is charged if a change is made during the 30 calendar days before your scheduled testing appointment. A fee schedule is posted on the USMLE website. Refer to your scheduling permit for details on contacting Prometric to change your appointment.
If you cannot take the Step 1 or Step 2 CK exam during your assigned eligibility period, you may request a one-time, contiguous eligibility period extension (EPEx) using ECFMG's IWA. Refer to the EPEx Overview in IWA for more information and instructions.
If you cannot take the Step 1 or Step 2 CK exam in the testing region you selected, you may request to change your testing region. Refer to the Request to Change USMLE® Step 1/Step 2 CK Testing Region (Form 312) for details. This form is available in the Resources section of the ECFMG website and from ECFMG, upon request.