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Question When to register with the ECFMG?

When is the right time to register? Is it OK to do it when I'm half way through the preparation, or before starting the prep, what do you think about it?
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In my opinion is that the first thing to do is to register for the USMLE, because when you pay those hard earned dollars you will feel the obligation and do the exam and study hard
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Default I'd say midway

I think you should give yourself sometime to see the pace of your reading before paying for the exam so that you don't have to later on postpone and pay even more
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I'd say midway.
You have to start reading a little bit so that you can predict the time you'll be taking the exam.
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Clock Total time from submission until booking Prometric center

I was wondering how much time does it take for my papers to be processed by the ECFMG from the time I submit them to the time I book my seat in the Prometric center?
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I was wondering how much time does it take for my papers to be processed by the ECFMG from the time I submit them to the time I book my seat in the Prometric center?
It will take 6 months.
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It will take 6 months.
WTH??? 6 months..? People say you register 2 months before your eligibility period..so how does it tske 6 mths to be processed ??
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WTH??? 6 months..? People say you register 2 months before your eligibility period..so how does it tske 6 mths to be processed ??
To be on the safe side, start the process six months before. It will never harm you if you finish it in 2 months, but if you start registering 2 months before and then things get delayed (like your college sent the wrong papers or the ECFMG has got delays in processing, ...bla bla) then you will be in deep (sh.....tt)
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When is the right time to register? Is it OK to do it when I'm half way through the preparation, or before starting the prep, what do you think about it?
I registered it early midway through, but then pushed my date a month forward. But I'm glad I did it early because the spots filled up and I would have been ok taking it on the original date but a good time opened up a month later so I decided to switch. I guess it depends on the area, some places are hard to find a good test site that has ideal times if you want to take it in the Spring
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