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PLAB Test & Purpose?

  • The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board test, known as the PLAB test, is a licensure exam to validate the doctors who qualified abroad have the right knowledge and skills to practise medicine in the UK.
  • The PLAB test will check that you know and can do the same as a doctor starting the second year of their Foundation Programme training in the UK.

Who has to take the PLAB test?

  • Graduate from a medical school outside of the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland need to take the PLAB test.

How the PLAB test conducted?

  • PLAB Part 1: written multiple-choice exam, with 180 single best answer questions (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).
  • PLAB Part 2: 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 (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).

Prerequisites before you can take PLAB?

  1. Step1: Need to set up a GMC Online account.
  2. Step 2: Verify that your medical qualification and knowledge of English are acceptable.
  3. Step 3: Book your place on part 1 of the PLAB test.
      1. PLAB part 1: You can sit part 1 in a number of countries, as well as in the UK. Have a look at the available locations and dates when you log in to GMC Online.
      2. PLAB part 2: Part 2 tests run throughout the year at our clinical assessment centre.

What is the next step after you’ve passed PLAB part 1 and PLAB part 2?

  • When you pass both parts (PLAB part 1 and PLAB part 2): you can apply for registration with a licence to practise.
  • NB:
    • Your application must be approved within two years of passing part 2 of the test.
    • Once the board approves your application and you gain registration you can work as a doctor in the UK.

Also Read:

  1. PLAB Part 1 application & Test day
  2. PLAB Part 1 results & related
  3. Eligibility for PLAB Part 1
  4. English requirement for PLAB Part 1
  5. Guidelines to prepare for PLAB Part 1
  6. PLAB Part 2 application & Test day
  7. PLAB Part 2 Results & Related
  8. Guidelines to prepare for PLAB Part 2

Also Watch:

  1. What do you need to know about the PLAB test?

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