The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test is the main route by which International Medical Graduates (IMGs) demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to practice medicine in the UK.
The PLAB test is made up of two individual components, each of which tests different competencies that are outlined in the PLAB blueprint
The PLAB Part 1 is a written examination comprising single best answer questions and the PLAB Part 2 is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). The PLAB test is conducted by the General Medical Council (GMC) of the United Kingdom.
This is a computer-based exam that lasts three hours and ten minutes, with a total of 200 ‘single best answer’ questions. The GMC website gives the following information about what knowledge is required in order to take the PLAB Part 1 test
The PLAB Part 1 is run four times a year in the UK and twice a year at a number of overseas centres
The PLAB Part 2 is an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). The exam is designed to test both the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills of doctors. The OSCE stations test a wide variety of skills including history taking, physical examination, communication skills and the ability to perform practical procedures.
The examination consists of a circuit of 14 stations, each of which is 5 minutes long. There is usually also a rest station and 1 or 2 ‘pilot’ stations, which check whether or not a station is suitable for use in a future examination. These ‘pilot’ stations will not be included in your overall mark. The Part 2 exam is only held in the purpose built Clinical Assessment Centre in Manchester
Frequently asked questions
Before taking the test, you must have:
For further information please visit the General Medical Council website.
For more information about other overseas centres, please visit General Medical Council website.
|PLAB Fees||Effective from 1 February 2016 to 31 March 2018||Effective from 1|
|Part 1 of the PLAB test||£230||£230|
|Part 2 of the PLAB test||£840||£840|
Please check updated fees here.
A candidate may make four attempts at part 1.
A candidate may have four attempts at the part 2 OSCE, provided their pass in the part 1 examination is within the currently permitted period.
You must pass part 2 within three years of the date you passed Part 1, and you are allowed a maximum of four attempts. If you do not pass Part 2 within three years of passing Part 1, or fail at your fourth attempt, you will have to re-sit Part 1 and Part 2.
After you apply for the test, and once the deadline for application is over, you will receive an email from the GMC confirming your registration, your place, the venue and the starting time of the test.
You must bring your passport, your admission letter, a pencil, an eraser and a pencil sharpener.
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 to you using the address on your application form. We do not give results over the phone, by email or by fax.
You can also contact us to find out more about us and how we can help arrange your exam.