What is PLAB?

The Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board test, known as the PLAB test, is a 2-step test applied to ensure that qualified doctors abroad have the right knowledge and skills to practice medicine in the UK.

Do you have to take the PLAB exam?
If you have graduated from a medical school outside the UK, European Economic Area or Switzerland, you will likely need to take the PLAB exam. The PLAB test measures that you know and can do the same as a doctor starting their second year of Foundation Programs in the UK.

What does the PLAB test involve?
There are two parts to the test. Section is an exam containing 1,180 multiple choice questions. Part 2 is a structured clinical exam for practical purposes known as the OSCE. To apply for a license to practice medicine in the UK, you must pass both stages before applying.

What do you need before entering the PLAB?
Before taking the PLAB exam, you will need to open a GMC Online account and show us that your medical qualification and knowledge of English are acceptable. Once you’ve done that, you can refer to Part 1 of the PLAB test.

How can you find out your medical qualification?
When you graduate from a medical school outside the UK, your accreditation for the education you received at the faculty must be recognized by the GMC.
You must log in to the service of ECFMG called EPIC (https://www.ecfmgepic.org/index.html) and share your faculty’s transcript and course credit data with the system. If you get approval for this application, you can proceed to the next process.

If you have studied medicine outside of the UK, how can you find out if the faculty you graduated from is accredited?
You can find out the status of the faculty you graduated from the World Directory of Medical Schools website. If your school is listed at the relevant address, you have completed a required stage for application. If your faculty is not on the list, you should contact your Dean’s Office and request them to make the necessary correspondence.

How much is the PLAB-1 Exam fee?
£ 239

How will you prove your English language proficiency?
For language proficiency, a minimum score of 7.0 and an overall score of 7.5 in each area of ​​the IELTS Academic are required.
You need to get at least B in every field (speaking, listening, reading and writing) from the OET Medical exam.
Both language exam certificates are valid for 2 years.

What is the number and scope of PLAB-1 questions?
PLAB 1 is a written exam consisting of 180 multiple choice questions that you must answer within three hours. Each begins with a short script followed by a question. You must choose the correct answer from the five answers given. In PLAB-1, questions about clinical diagnosis and treatments at primary level are raised.

What are the PLAB-1 passing grade and rates?
Getting 60-65% correct is enough for you to pass. Once passed, the PLAB-1 score is not decisive or eliminative.
According to 2018 data, the passing rate of candidates applying for PLAB-1 is 69%.

Countries outside the UK to take the exam: Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Egypt, Ghana, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, UAE.


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