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Question What's the validity of USMLE exams?

I had taken Step 1 in 2009 and I'm applying to Step 2 CK now, but I found in IWA while applying is that the option to apply for Step 1 is available!!!!!!
I'm so worried, is that means my Step 1 is not valid in 2011??!!!!!
I know that the validity is 7 years, is there any change made to this recently?
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That cannot be the case. USMLE exam is valid for 7 years.

Maybe you signed up with a new ECFMG account!

Or maybe there's something wrong in your account.

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I'm applying with the same USMLE ID and account!
I dunno what's wrong!
I'm so worried!
What to do next?!
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Call ECFMG tomorrow morning.

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When I clicked the Step 1 option in IWA, I received this note in red:

"Our records indicate that you have already passed this Step or Step Component or the corresponding former NBMEŽ Part. USMLE policy on reexamination generally does not allow applicants to retake a Step or Step Component if they have already passed that Step or Step Component or the corresponding NBME Part. There are, however, certain exceptions to this policy:
  • Exception #1: Applicants pursuing H-1B visa status who have passed NBME Part I and/or Part II may take the corresponding Step 1 and/or Step 2 CK to meet the examination requirements for this visa.
  • Exception #2: Applicants who have already passed a Step or Step Component or the corresponding NBME Part are not allowed to retake that Step or Step Component except to comply with the time limit of a medical licensing authority for the completion of all Steps or a requirement imposed by another authority recognized by the USMLE program for this purpose. This exception applies only to applicants for medical licensure in a jurisdiction who have fulfilled all requirements for licensure in that jurisdiction; are eligible for licensure in that jurisdiction except for the out-of-date exam; and have completed the full USMLE sequence, including Step 3.
  • Exception #3: Applicants who have passed all or a portion of the NBME certifying examinations, Part I, Part II, and Part III, or the Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX) Components 1 and 2 and have never been granted a medical license by a U.S. medical licensing authority may take any Step(s) for which they are otherwise eligible.
  • Exception #4: For the purpose of ECFMG Certification, ECFMG requires that applicants pass those USMLE Steps and Step Components required for ECFMG Certification within a seven-year period. Effective June 14, 2004, applicants must pass Step 1, Step 2 CK, and, if required for ECFMG Certification, Step 2 CS within a seven-year period for ECFMG Certification; this seven-year requirement applies to applicants whose earliest USMLE passing performance that is valid for ECFMG Certification took place on or after June 14, 2004. Prior to June 14, 2004, ECFMG required that applicants pass Step 1 and Step 2 CK within a seven-year period for ECFMG Certification; this prior seven-year requirement continues to apply to applicants if their earliest USMLE passing performance that is valid for ECFMG Certification took place before June 14, 2004. For these applicants, Step 2 CS, if required for ECFMG Certification, can be passed outside of this seven-year period.
If you wish to apply for this exam based on one of the reexamination exceptions outlined above, you may proceed with your on-line application. For Exceptions #1, #2, and #3, there are specific requirements for documentation that must be submitted to ECFMG to support your request for these exceptions. Note: You may only request the exception at the time that you apply for the exam that was previously passed. Exceptions to the reexamination policy are not approved prior to your submitting the exam application. You must click here for a list of appropriate documentation and complete instructions on how the supporting documentation must be sent to ECFMG."

What does that mean? Can anyone explain please!
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Does any of the exemptions above apply to you?

If not, then you can't retake Step 1 Exam.

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Does any of the exemptions above apply to you?

If not, then you can't retake Step 1 Exam.

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OK thanks a lot, I'm relieved now!
That was clear enough.
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