Application Fee Increases for 2013

Effective January 1, 2013, the fee for submitting an Application for ECFMG Certification will increase from $50 to $60.

The fees for those applying to ECFMG for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) will also increase, as described below:

  • The examination fees for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK will increase from $790 to $820 for each exam registration.
  • The examination fee for Step 2 CS will increase from $1,375 to $1,440 for each exam registration.

The new fees will be assessed for all applications submitted to ECFMG on or after January 1, 2013.

Additionally, it is expected that Prometric will increase the Step 1/Step 2 CK international test delivery surcharges, which apply to applicants who choose a testing region other than the United States/Canada. ECFMG will post additional information on the increases to the international test delivery surcharges to the ECFMG website as it becomes available.

For more information on the fees associated with applying for ECFMG Certification and for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS, refer to the ECFMG 2013 Information Booklet.

Fee to be Implemented for Application for ECFMG Certification

Effective January 30, 2012, there will be a fee of $50 for submitting an Application for ECFMG Certification. The Application for ECFMG Certification is a requirement for international medical students/graduates pursuing ECFMG Certification. International medical students/graduates must submit an Application for ECFMG Certification before they can apply to ECFMG for examination. Once an Application for ECFMG Certification has been submitted to ECFMG, it typically remains valid throughout the certification process. More information on the Application for ECFMG Certification is available in the ECFMG 2012 Information Booklet.

Fee Increases for USMLE Examinations

Effective January 1, 2012, the fees for those applying to ECFMG for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) will increase.

The examination fees for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK will increase from $780 to $790 for each exam registration.

The examination fee for Step 2 CS will increase from $1,355 to $1,375 for each exam registration.

The new fees will be assessed for all USMLE applications submitted to ECFMG on or after January 1, 2012.

For more information on the fees associated with applying for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS, refer to Exam Fees in the ECFMG 2012 Information Booklet.

UPDATE: New Fees for Changing Appointments at Prometric Test Centers Effective January 1, 2011

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.

For complete information and a schedule of fees, visit the USMLE website.

This policy applies only to appointments for USMLE Step 1, Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), and Step 3. For information on the fees associated with changing testing appointments for Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS), refer to Rescheduling in the ECFMG Information Booklet.

(posted December 22, 2010; updated December 29, 2010)

ECFMG Policy on Forfeiture of Funds

Effective July 1, 2010, funds in an applicant’s ECFMG financial account will be available for a period of two years to pay for requested services. Any funds not used during a two-year period will be forfeited to ECFMG; this means that the applicant will lose those funds. The two-year period will be calculated from the date that funds are received at ECFMG. For funds already in an applicant’s account on the July 1, 2010 effective date, the two-year period will be calculated from this effective date. If an applicant has funds in his/her account and makes a service request, ECFMG will use the funds with the earliest receipt date to pay for the service requested.

EXAMPLES: An applicant makes a payment of $295 to his ECFMG financial account on July 2, 2010. He makes another payment of $2,000 on July 10, 2010. On July 28, 2010, he submits an application for USMLE Step 2 CS, which costs $1,295. The $295 from his earlier payment and $1,000 from his later payment are used to pay for this exam registration. The applicant now has until July 9, 2012 to either use the remaining $1,000 balance or request a refund. If he does not, these funds will be forfeited to ECFMG.

An applicant has a balance of $1,700 in her ECFMG financial account when this policy takes effect on July 1, 2010. On December 15, 2010, the applicant submits an application for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK, which costs a total of $1,480. The applicant has until June 30, 2012 to either use the remaining $220 balance or request a refund. If she does not, these funds will be forfeited to ECFMG.

It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your ECFMG financial account. You can check the status of your account, including dates on which payments were made to your account, using OASIS. A refund request should be made to claim any funds that will not be used prior to the expiration of the two-year period. Refund requests must be made in writing. (See Communicating with ECFMG in the ECFMG Information Booklet.)