What is the PLAB test?
The PLAB test is for doctors who have qualified overseas and wish to practise medicine in the UK under limited registration. The test assesses your ability, as a doctor, to work safely as a senior house officer (SHO) in a UK NHS hospital.
How many parts to the PLAB test are there?
There are two parts:
• Part 1 : Following a review, the number of questions contained in the PLAB Part 1 exam (UK and overseas) is being reduced from 200 single best answer questions to 180. This will be effective from the June 2018 PLAB Part 1 exam onwards.
• Part 2 comprises 18 scenarios, each lasting eight minutes
What are the entry requirements for the PLAB test?
Before taking the test, you must have:

  • A primary medical qualification accepted for limited registration by an institution listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools
  • Taken the IELTS academic modules and attained a score of at least 7.5 overall and a minimum of 7.0 for all four language skills.
    When can you take the exam?
    There are sittings in February, May, August and November. We hold the test in the UK and in a number of overseas locations.
    Where can you take the exam?
    The UK exams currently take place in: Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford and Sheffield.
    The exam can also be taken in two EU locations: Dublin and Madrid.
    In Pakistan Islamabad

PLAB fees
You’ll need to pass both part 1 and 2 of the PLAB test if you’re required to take it to register with us.
Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test fees
Bookings from 1 April 2024
Part 1 of the PLAB test £268
Part 2 of the PLAB test £981
How many times can I attempt the test?
• 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 two 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 two years of passing Part 1, or fail at your fourth attempt, you will have to re-sit Part 1 and Part 2.

When will I receive my results?
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.

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