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Old 11-16-2010
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Question Item Number 5 - ECFMG Online Application Part

I am a little bit confused about this step for my next application:

""Item 5. Other Examination History and Applicant Number

Have you ever submitted an application to the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) for a Part or Step examination?

NBME Part or USMLE Step Applicant Identification Number :

I recently pass my Step 1 and want now apply for Step 2 CK. My question is, if I applied for Step 1 with ECFMG only (never applied to NBME), did this automatically include an application to the NBME?! I think, I should answer the Item 5 with "no", but I am not very familiar about the connection between USLME and NBME. ( I thought that NMBE is not for international Graduates and that I am obligated to apply to ECFMG only, so why this question!?)

The real reason of my confusion was this part of the USLME Information Booklet:

""IMPORTANT NOTE: As part of the process of obtaining an Identification Number and/or applying for examination, you will be asked whether you have applied to ECFMG and/or the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) previously. If you have submitted a prior exam application to either organization, you must answer “Yes” to the applicable question(s), even if you submitted the prior application under a different name or did not take the exam for which you applied. You must answer “Yes” regardless of whether you submitted an on-line application or a paper application. If you have submitted an application to ECFMG or NBME but indicate subsequently that you have not applied previously, this may result in a fi nding of irregular behavior. See Irregular Behavior on pages 15 and 42.""

I am even not sure if this note of the USLME Information Booklet is refering to the Item 5 of the Exam Application for USLME.

Thank you all for your help and I plead guilty to be a real noob
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Arrow Answer NO

You should answer NO.
You did not take an NBME exam. You took an ECFMG administered Exam.

This exact issue has been discussed here

As for the snippet you pasted from the booklet. It's talking about the initial step in the ECFMG registration. It's not talking about applicants reapplying to the exam.
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