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Old 12-30-2010
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Whats up with rescheduling the step 1? unfortunately for me some unforeseen circumstances have come up and I wanted to take the exam in 1st week of Feb but seems like i will be pressed for time (personal matters)....I wanted to know where can I get the info of how much I would have to pay extra to reschedule the exam and whether that would show on my record? and how long before the exam can I reschedule? b/c of personal problems if I'm not available to take it I would like to reschedule it (b/c i'll probably have to go out of the country).....besides this exam basically defines us IMGs..

any quick help on this matter would be appreciated!

guys, you have all been a tremendous help in the most stressful of times, so I would like to whole heartedly thank you!
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Effective January 1, 2011, Prometric will charge a fee if USMLE examinees change testing appointments (e.g., reschedule, cancel, change test center location) at Prometric Test Centers thirty or fewer days before their scheduled test date. No fee is charged for changing testing appointments 31 or more days prior to the first day of the scheduled test.

The date that you change your appointment, using local time at the Regional Registration Center for the Prometric Testing Region, will determine whether you pay a fee and the amount of this fee:

- If you change your appointment 31 or more days before (but not including) the first day of your scheduled test date, there is no fee.

- If you change your appointment fewer than 31 days but more than 5 days before (but not including) the first day of your scheduled test date, there is a $50 fee.

- If you change your appointment 5 or fewer days before (but not including) the first day of your scheduled test date, there is a higher fee. This fee varies by Prometric Testing Region and by exam.

Sooooo, if you change it as of now, I think you can change it for free (because its more than 31 days).
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You can even extend your eligibility block another 3 months if you need to, so for now I'd try and make sure that you can take care of the personal issues that you have and then reschedule when you can focus on the exam - just cancel the appointment for now that way you don't have to worry about cancellation charges. You can always schedule it again when you need to.
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