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I have registered and paid for the Step 1 exam, and have had my form 186 accepted by the ECFMG. I was just waiting for my med school to verify my status so I could get my permit, but since it's been over 2 weeks and my status on OASIS hadn't changed, I decided to talk to the relevant people at my med school. There, I was informed that my status will be verified at the end of the current academic year (about December) because I have not yet completed Pathology in my med school.

I'm really worried. My chosen eligibility period is October-December. But if my med school verifies my status at aound mid-December, I won't be able to give the exam in my chosen period right? Will it automatically shift over to the next eligibilty period, that is, January-March??

My principal worry is that my exam won't get cancelled will it?? I mean, there's no deadline to verify my status is there???
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Your eligibility period won't be automatically shifted to the next, you have to apply for extension.

Call ECFMG and tell them the story and see if they allow you to cancel your application altogether.

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Apply for an extension? So do I have to pay extra for that?? Considering I haven't even scheduled my exam date?? And when and how can I apply for an extension??

By cancelling the application, you mean something like a refund right??

But if my med school verifies my status after like 8 months or so, my application won't automatically be cancelled or something right? I'd hate to pay $930 again.
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To know how to extend your eligibility period, please search the ECFMG forum for 'extension of eligibility period' and you'll find many useful threads, and yes, you have to pay fees for that, I think it's $50.

Yes. What I meant by cancelling the exam is to get a refund or at least they allow you to choose another eligibility period. Search the forums for "overriding" and you'll see there are many threads talking about how to override your step 1 application (meaning you can choose another eligibility period).

The problem is that eligibility periods ending in 2013 for example Nov/Dec/Jan won't be available in the ECFMG website until September 2012, so you might have to wait until that time.

No. Your application won't be cancelled automatically if your medical school does not verify your status, you'll lose all the money.

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Thanks a lot for your help Sabio. I'll definitely extend my eleigibility period. Since I applied for the October-December triplet, i guess I'll get the January-March triplet right? But these will be available in Spetember? I also read somewhere in this forum that we can only extend our eligibilty period when our chosen eligibility period has started. So should I extend in September or wait till October?
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You can only extend to the Jan-Mar slot after the 24th of September.

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Thank you so much for your help before. I have one more question. I read in some other posts in this forum that the med school has to verify our status again when we extend the eligibility period. Is that true?

At the moment I'm waiting for September so I can get the Jan-March slot but can I do that even though I'm not yet verified by my med school??

Pls do help.
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