SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) It's good for 2 years. So within 2 years one has to enter a residency program in the US. That much I know. But when exactly does one officially enter the program? Usual starting dates are July 1st but then there's orientation, which starts a week earlier than that. So what do you all think? Could someone take it June 27th this year and be fine? Or doesn't orientation count? The thing is they closed the testing center in my country. And they closed the testing center in Sweden...... So I have to travel all the way to Berlin with my 2-year old daughter and 8 month pregnant wife. For safety's sake, being able to take it a week early would be pretty cool. I would hate to count the minutes between contractions while racing home on the Autobahn.