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Date Updated: November 28, 2017

International Foundations of Medicine (IFOM)

Test Administrations for Individuals

For general information about the International Foundations of Medicine® (IFOM®) exams , please visit this page.

For complete and detailed information about IFOM exam individual administrations, please read the Candidate Brochure.

While many administrations of the IFOM examinations are arranged and conducted by schools and other institutions at their sites and on behalf of their examinees, the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®) also makes the IFOM Clinical Science Examination (CSE) and the IFOM Basic Science Examination (BSE) available for individual administrations two times per year.

Individuals can use this option in a variety of circumstances, including:

  • Personal benchmarking or practice
  • Application to a residency program, exchange program, or other opportunity that accepts IFOM scores
  • The examinee’s school or program is conducting an on-site IFOM administration but the examinee is separated geographically from their institution

The IFOM CSE and BSE are made available for individual administration in English only, and for 6 weeks at a time; they are administered to individuals at participating Prometric Test Centers, located in approximately 50 countries around the world.

Registration for each testing window is also open for only 6 weeks per year; please note the dates for both registration and testing in 2018 below.

Test Window Registration Period
March 26 - May 4 January 1 – February 9
October 1 – November 9 July 9 - August 17

Note: The registration system is active only during the registration periods listed above.

You will register for your exam on the webpage (see "Register" button below), and then you must visit the Prometric website to choose a test site and time.

Eligibility and Status Verification

To be eligible to take IFOM exams as an individual, you must be a current medical student or a medical school graduate. The NBME and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates® (ECFMG) will confirm your status with your medical school through a verification process.

How to Apply for IFOM Exams as an Individual

For complete and detailed information about IFOM exam individual administration, please read the Candidate Brochure.

During the registration period, you will access the registration system from this webpage (see "Register" button below). Once payment is received, you will be presented with a Status Verification Form, which you will send to your medical school. Officials at your medical school will complete the form and send it directly to the ECFMG. Your medical school must submit the required paperwork to ECFMG no later than two weeks prior to the start of the test window or you will not be permitted to take the exam.

Individuals registering to take an IFOM exam at a Prometric Test Center can pay with major credit cards or money orders. Personal checks are not accepted. The costs shown below include the exam fee, status verification, and seat time at the Prometric Test Center.

Fee for Individual IFOM Examinations at Prometric Test Centers
(Per Exam)


The IFOM Clinical Science Self-Assessment

The IFOM Clinical Science Self-Assessment is available for purchase at all times; the price is US $35. For more information about the IFOM Self-Assessment visit this page; to order the IFOM Self-Assessment as an individual, please visit this page.



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