WANT TO PRACTICE IN UK AFTER MBBS ABROAD? KNOW ALL ABOUT PLAB EXAM
The PLAB exam tests your ability to apply your knowledge for the care of patients. It doesn’t test how well you can remember and recite facts. The questions relate to current best practice in the UK, and equipment routinely available in UK hospitals. You’ll need to answer the questions in relation to published evidence and not according to your local arrangements. If you graduated from a medical school outside of the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you’ll need to take the PLAB test.
Once you’ve passed both PLAB Part 1&2, you can apply for registration with a licence to practise in the UK. Your application must be approved within two years of passing part 2 of the test. Once your application is approved and you gain registration you can work as a doctor in the UK.
About PLAB Part 1 & 2
There are two parts to the test. Part 1 is a written multiple-choice exam and Part 2 is a practical objective structured clinical exam, known as an OSCE. You’ll need to pass both parts before you can apply for registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK.
The exam covers the common, important or acute conditions (those common in emergency departments) seen by trainees entering the second year of the Foundation Programme (F2), and the management of long-term conditions seen in primary care. It excludes the advanced duties of a general practitioner (GP).
PLAB 1 is a written exam made up of 180 multiple choice questions which you must answer within three hours. Each starts with a short scenario followed by a question. You need to choose the right answer out of the five possible answers given.
It covers the topics, skills and procedures that a doctor who passes the test would need to know and be able to do and the professional qualities expected of a doctor working in the UK. You can sit part 1 in a number of countries, as well as in the UK.
PLAB 2 is an objective structured clinical exam. It’s made up of 18 scenarios, each lasting eight minutes and aims to reflect real-life settings including a mock consultation or an acute ward. Part 2 tests run throughout the year at a clinical assessment centre in the UK.
PLAB Test centres
- GMC runs the exam four times a year in the UK and in a number of overseas locations.
- To see the locations and whether places are available you’ll need to register for a GMC Online account and look under the ‘My Tests’ section. The overseas exams are hosted by the British Council.
- Once you have booked online, please only contact the relevant British Council office if you have not received details of the venue two weeks before the exam.
- PLAB Part 1 is held in India in New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai and the deadline for registration are eight weeks prior to the test date.
- PLAB Part 2 tests run throughout the year at a clinical assessment centre in the UK.
- A primary medical qualification accepted for limited registration by an institution listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
- If you haven’t graduated yet, we will need confirmation you have passed your final examinations and are eligible for the qualification.
- Taken the IELTS academic modules and attained a score of at least 7.5 overall and a minimum of 7.0 for all the four language skills.
- If you’ve taken the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test or the Occupational English Test (OET), you can go to’My Tests’ section in GMC Online. If your IELTS or OET scores meet the requirements you will be able to book a test.
GMC Online Account registration
- For a GMC reference number, you will need to set up your account and provide the following details- Primary medical qualification, valid passport, Postal address, Email address.
- The setup process will take a few minutes to complete.
- A confirmation email including your GMC reference number will be sent once you have completed the setup process.
- With the GMC reference number, you have to log in to GMC Online to activate your account.
- PLAB 1 Fees: £230
- PLAB 2 Fees: £840
- A candidate may make four attempts at part 1.
- A candidate may have four attempts at the part 2 OSCE, provided they pass in the PLAB part 1 within the currently permitted period.
- Candidate must pass part 2 within two years of the date of passing Part 1.
- If you do not pass Part 2 within two years of passing Part 1 or fail at your fourth attempt, you will have to re-sit Part 1 and Part 2.
- Results will be available in the My Tests section of GMC Online about four to six weeks after you take part 1 and four weeks after you take part 2
- The exact date for the release of the results is announced on the test date. Results are available on the General Medical Council website the day after they have been sent out by post.
- The GMC will post the results directly as well using the address on your application form.
- No results over the phone, by email or by fax will be conveyed.
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