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Hello everyones

I am an IMG and took my step1 on Dec 2015, plan to take CK on Apr 2016 and CS on Jun, 17th 2016. And here are my questions...

- My CS result will be expected as latest as Aug 31 (according to reporting schedule that 98-99% will get their result by the 3rd Wednesday), right after that I have to wait for my real physical certificate to arrive before applying to ERAS? (which might take around 4 wks.) Or I can just wait for only the result to show up in OASIS and use that data to apply before Sep 15th?

- Is it possible if I am planning to apply for H1B visa by taking step3 before interview season (around Oct), or I have to choose either J1 or H1B before interview starts?

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Hello everyones

I am an IMG and took my step1 on Dec 2015, plan to take CK on Apr 2016 and CS on Jun, 17th 2016. And here are my questions...

- My CS result will be expected as latest as Aug 31 (according to reporting schedule that 98-99% will get their result by the 3rd Wednesday), right after that I have to wait for my real physical certificate to arrive before applying to ERAS? (which might take around 4 wks.) Or I can just wait for only the result to show up in OASIS and use that data to apply before Sep 15th?

- Is it possible if I am planning to apply for H1B visa by taking step3 before interview season (around Oct), or I have to choose either J1 or H1B before interview starts?

Thank you for your answer ^_^
Yes you will be ECFMG certified by the time you apply for match on sep 15th, but your credential should be verified on time.

To get H1B you should have Step 3 results by ROL deadline i.e. last week of Feb I guess.


Just a doubt, was 4 months enough for your CK preparation??
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Hello everyones

I am an IMG and took my step1 on Dec 2015, plan to take CK on Apr 2016 and CS on Jun, 17th 2016. And here are my questions...

- My CS result will be expected as latest as Aug 31 (according to reporting schedule that 98-99% will get their result by the 3rd Wednesday), right after that I have to wait for my real physical certificate to arrive before applying to ERAS? (which might take around 4 wks.) Or I can just wait for only the result to show up in OASIS and use that data to apply before Sep 15th?

- Is it possible if I am planning to apply for H1B visa by taking step3 before interview season (around Oct), or I have to choose either J1 or H1B before interview starts?

Thank you for your answer ^_^
hi, I am taking CS at the same day! and CK in the same month.

You dont need to worry about the ECFMG certificate cause once you got your last score report, you are good to go! dont really need the physical certificate.

However, for your relief, 1. you will more likely to get score report on 8/17 cause " It is expected that results for the vast majority of examinees who take the exam during the testing period will be reported on the first Wednesday of the Reporting Period." This sentence is before the "Results for 98%-99% of examinees who take the exam during the testing period are reported by the third Wednesday in a Reporting Period. "

http://www.ecfmg.org/news/2015/04/16...-2-cs-results/

2. it usually takes only 2 weeks for you to get your physical certificate. so even if you get your result on latter on 8/31, you will get it right before 9/15.

Either case, focus on the study and stop worrying about the certificate stuff!
Good luck!

For your second question, you can definitely take step 3 in OCT if you have time to prepare it after July.
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Yes you will be ECFMG certified by the time you apply for match on sep 15th, but your credential should be verified on time.

To get H1B you should have Step 3 results by ROL deadline i.e. last week of Feb I guess.


Just a doubt, was 4 months enough for your CK preparation??
4-month full time preparation is more than enough I think.
I know lots of people who prepare 4-month full time get 250+.
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hi, I am taking CS at the same day! and CK in the same month.

You dont need to worry about the ECFMG certificate cause once you got your last score report, you are good to go! dont really need the physical certificate.

However, for your relief, 1. you will more likely to get score report on 8/17 cause " It is expected that results for the vast majority of examinees who take the exam during the testing period will be reported on the first Wednesday of the Reporting Period." This sentence is before the "Results for 98%-99% of examinees who take the exam during the testing period are reported by the third Wednesday in a Reporting Period. "

http://www.ecfmg.org/news/2015/04/16...-2-cs-results/

2. it usually takes only 2 weeks for you to get your physical certificate. so even if you get your result on latter on 8/31, you will get it right before 9/15.

Either case, focus on the study and stop worrying about the certificate stuff!
Good luck!

For your second question, you can definitely take step 3 in OCT if you have time to prepare it after July.
Thank you for your reply. And I wish the best for your CS test
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