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Hi Friends, My eligibility period is oct/nov/dec.... I would like to change it to Jan/Feb/Mar.

My exam is on Dec 21st. I scheduled my exam in prometric 2 weeks back and now i want to postpone it..to next eligibility period...Can some one explain in detail (This is October 6th-I will start the process in a week or so)

1) what should i do first? should i cancel my appointment in prometric and then pay to ecfmg or Stright away go to ecfmg page to pay for the extension and then reschedule in prometric?

2) I am still a student and should use 183-E.How much should i pay for the ECFMG people?

3) Should i have to pay to Prometric people when i reschedule/cancel the appointment to the next eligibility period??

Please help me. I am confused and there is no one to guide me properly.
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Hi dhingra,

I recommend you to cancel your appointment in prometric first!, because there is a fee for cancelation/rescheduling if you do so 31 days or less before your exam date. Doing that you'll avoid paying that charge.

Then you should apply in the ECFMG website for the elegibility period extension (epex) and pay the fee, the amount depends upon your testing region, in the US it's about $65-75, but in other regions it's $120 or more, (when you request the extension you can check the exact amount in the website). After doing that your medical school has to verify your request through the EMSWP portal (if your med school is subscribed to it) in order to complete your application. Once your med school has verified through the web portal it will take about 2-3 weeks to the ECFMG/NBME to issue a new scheduling permit, with your elegibility period being from oct 2011 to march 2012 (6 months). Finally you can go to the prometric website to make a new appointment with your new scheduling permit, there is no extra charge (beside the epex fee that you should have paid before). And that's it!!

I know well about this proces because I've changed my Step 1 testing center about 3 times and finally I decided to extend my elegibility period. The time will depend mostly upon if your medical school verifies your request immediately or not, you can go the next day you submitted your application to your med school, or call them in order to make sure they verify as early as possible, and then you just have to wait the 2-3 weeks for your new scheduling permit to be issued.
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as far as i know, u pay 65 dollars and extend the period
u don't need to cancel ur appointment first.
if u r a student u will need to print a form and send it to ECFMG ( my friend did that) it took him a week

i know another friend ( a graduate) he just paid money and extended, without form and stuff...i dunno if this coz he is a graduate or not....

best option call ECFMG and ask ...but don't worry the process of extending is smooth.... good luck
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Hi dhingra,

I recommend you to cancel your appointment in prometric first!, because there is a fee for cancelation/rescheduling if you do so 31 days or less before your exam date. Doing that you'll avoid paying that charge.

Then you should apply in the ECFMG website for the elegibility period extension (epex) and pay the fee, the amount depends upon your testing region, in the US it's about $65-75, but in other regions it's $120 or more, (when you request the extension you can check the exact amount in the website). After doing that your medical school has to verify your request through the EMSWP portal (if your med school is subscribed to it) in order to complete your application. Once your med school has verified through the web portal it will take about 2-3 weeks to the ECFMG/NBME to issue a new scheduling permit, with your elegibility period being from oct 2011 to march 2012 (6 months). Finally you can go to the prometric website to make a new appointment with your new scheduling permit, there is no extra charge (beside the epex fee that you should have paid before). And that's it!!

I know well about this proces because I've changed my Step 1 testing center about 3 times and finally I decided to extend my elegibility period. The time will depend mostly upon if your medical school verifies your request immediately or not, you can go the next day you submitted your application to your med school, or call them in order to make sure they verify as early as possible, and then you just have to wait the 2-3 weeks for your new scheduling permit to be issued.
Thanks for the detailed explanation...does prometric charge a fees immediately after u cancel the appointment.because i cancelled my appointment within 30days but it didnt charge any fee....
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