Frequently Asked Questions

The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board test, or the PLAB test, helps GMC to make sure doctors who qualified abroad have the right knowledge and skills to practice medicine in the UK.

The 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. 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.

The test assesses your ability, as a doctor, to work safely as a senior house officer (SHO) in a UK NHS hospital.

A primary medical qualification and your medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.

IELTS Academic modules and a score of at least 7.5 overall and a minimum of 7.0 for all the four language skills. or OET Academic modules – B grade.

There are two parts: PLAB 1 & PLAB 2

PLAB 1 : Single best answer questions, total 180 questions in 3 hours
PLAB 2 : 18 scenarios, each lasting eight minutes

The exam covers the common, important or acute conditions (those common in emergency departments) seen by trainees entering the second year of the Foundation Program (F2), and the management of long-term conditions seen in primary care. It excludes the advanced duties of a general practitioner (GP).

Pakistan – (Islamabad, Karachi), Australia – (Sydney), Bangladesh – (Dhaka), Canada – (Toronto), Egypt – (Cairo), Ghana – (Accra), India – (Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi), Nigeria – (Lagos), Saudi Arabia – (Riyadh), South Africa – (Johannesburg), Sri Lanka – (Colombo), Sudan – (Khartoum), UAE – (Dubai)

If your country is not listed, you have to visit over neighboring country to take the test.

The exam covers everything a UK trained doctor might expect to see on the first day of Foundation Year Two (F2).
Names of drugs referred to in the exam are those contained in the most recent edition of the British National Formulary (BNF).
The PLAB blueprint sets out the scope and content of the test. It includes the topics, skills and procedures that a doctor who passes the test would need to know and be able to do. It also provides details of the professional qualities expected of a doctor working in the UK.

You can take part 2 at GMC clinical assessment center in Manchester, UK.

If you fail the exam, Hive Medical Academy will do your registration procedure again provided you meet all the requirements. You can attempt the exam a maximum of four times.

Once you have completed your FY1 and FY2 years you need to make a decision on whether to be a medical doctor, surgical trainee or enter GP (general practitioner) training.

FY1, FY2, Core training year 1, CT year 2, CT year 3

FY1, FY2, GP training year 1, GPT year 2, GPT year 3
*After completing year 3 of GP training you are now a GP Consultant.

FY1, FY2, Surgical training year 1, ST year 2, ST year 3, ST year 4, ST year 5

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