PLAB, or Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board, is a test that international medical graduates (IMG) must pass to practice medicine in the United Kingdom.
The PLAB Exam for the United Kingdom is a stepping stone to medical school. The PLAB test is a two-part evaluation that evaluates foreign medical graduates' medical knowledge and communication abilities.
The PLAB test is a two-level medical entry aptitude exam in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom, like every other country, has a system in place for foreign doctors who want to practice medicine in the country.
The GMC, or General Medical Council, the UK institution in charge of the system's upkeep and rules, standards, recruiting, and other permitted duties, administers an exam to all medical graduates.
This test is for students who have finished their schooling outside the United Kingdom, the EU, and Switzerland. It intends to check that the graduate's medical aptitude meets the UK's Health and Medical system standards.
The test ensures that no medical practitioner in the UK serves substandard or ignorant medical assistance to the general public.
Qualification and requirements
To apply for the PLAB exam, you must meet a few conditions. All PLAB exam criteria are stated here.
- A Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ) is granted by a World Directory of Medical Schools for limited registration.
- A minimum of 12 months of postgraduate clinical experience in a teaching hospital is required.
- A minimum overall IELTS score of 7.5 and a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 in each module.
- The examination fee is GBR 350.
- Exam Date: Most countries have only one exam date. Availability: Every two months
The following are the detailed processes for the PLAB exam application process:
Step 1 Create a GMC Online Account:
To apply for the PLAB test, applicants must first visit the GMC's official website and register an online account. The registration process will create login credentials that may be used to reaccess the site.
Step 2 Provide the Necessary Information:
Candidates must fill up the online GMC account with all of their personal information, academic background, academic qualifications, medical qualifications, valuable training data, and so forth. Candidates must ensure that all relevant information is entered into the account.
Step 3 Obtain Verification:
GMC will review the information submitted and designate the data and account as verified if the eligibility criteria and other conditions are met.
Step 4 Reserve a Seat for PLAB Part 1:
After receiving verification, the candidate will reserve a seat for the PLAB Part 1 test. They can select the nations and test sites available in those countries at their leisure.
Step 5: Take the PLAB exam:
Once the application is complete, the candidate must prepare for the exam and take it on the scheduled day.
Dates and results
PLAB exam and result date for the year 2022 have been released, which are as follows:
17 February 2022
31 March 2022 from approximately 9.30 am
26 May 2022
9 July 2022 from approximately 10 am
11 August 2022
22 September 2022 from around 9.30 am
3 November 2022
15 December 2022 from approximately 9.30 am
PLAB exam dates for the year 2023 have also been released, which are as follows:
- 16 February 2023
- 25 May 2023
- 10 August 2023
Most of the time result of PLAB comes out in the following patterns:
- Part 1, i.e., PLAB 1, is usually declared four weeks after appearing for the test.
- Part 2, i.e., PLAB 2, is usually declared two weeks after appearing for the test.
PLAB, as we all know, is separated into two components. PLAB 1 is a three-hour, multiple-choice exam consisting of 180 questions (1 min/Qns). PLAB 2 is a 2-hour OSCE test comprising 18 real-life case situations (10 min/Case scenario & 2 rest points).
PLAB 1 Syllabus
Blood and Lymph:
- Abnormal blood film
- Bruising/ bleeding/ purpura
- Generalized enlarged lymph nodes
- Breast lump and pain
- Chest pain
- Heart murmur
- Peripheral arterial disease
- Peripheral edema, breathlessness
- Peripheral venous problems
- Congenital abnormalities
- Developmental problems (Physical, Psychological, and social)
- Failure to thrive (Physical, Psychological, and social)
- Abdominal mass
- Abdominal pain
- Anorexia and weight loss
- Facial pain and swelling
- Lower GI symptoms
- Upper GI symptoms
- Abnormal blood sugar
- General endocrine disorder
- Thyroid abnormalities
- Hearing problems
- Hoarseness and/or stridor
- Nasal symptoms
Ethical and Professional
- Drawing from GMC explanatory guidance
- Drawing from Good medical practice (2013) Duties of a doctor
- Eye pain
- Orbital swelling
- Visual impairment
- Urethral discharge
- Vaginal discharge
- Acid-base imbalance and blood gas abnormalities
- Electrolyte abnormalities
- Hospital-acquired infection
- Serious infection
- Travel medicine and tropical infections
- Viral infections
- Alcohol and drug use disorder and dependence
- Deliberate self-harm
- Eating problems
- Learning and communication problems
- Medically unexplained physical symptoms
- Mood (affective) problems
- Personality and behavioral disorders
- Legal frameworks
- Back and neck problems
- Connective tissue disorders
- Foot and ankle problems
- Hand and wrist problems
- Hip problems
- Knee problems
- Rheumatological problems
- Shoulder/upper limb problems
- Skeletal problems, including fractures
- Blackouts and faints (funny turns)
- Cranial nerve problems
- Movement disorders, including tremor and gait problems
- Peripheral nerve problems and abnormalities of sensation
- Speech and language disorder
- Weakness and fatigue
- Symptoms of terminal illness
- Clinical pharmacology (Antimicrobial stewardship, Prescribing safety)
- Abnormalities of the urine
- Renal problems
- Urinary excretion
- Fertility problems
- Normal pregnancy and care
- Problems in pregnancy, including bleeding
- Irregular vaginal bleeding
- Cervical smear/ colposcopy
- Pelvic mass
- Pelvic pain
- Vulval and vaginal lumps/lesions
- Urinary incontinence
- Chest pain
- Cough and hemoptysis
- Wheeze/ Stridor
Seriously ill patients
- Fever/ Infection
- Multiple trauma
- Bites and stings
- Dermatological manifestations of systemic disease
- Extremes of temperature
- Hair and nail problems
- Itchy and scaly rashes
- Moles and pigmented lesions
- Groin/scrotal pain and swelling
- Urinary tract obstruction
- Abnormalities of the urine
- Urinary symptoms (UTI & Prostatic cancer)
As previously stated, PLAB 2 is an OSCE test. As a result, there is no prescribed curriculum to follow or illnesses to investigate. The PLAB 2 exam will consist of 18 case scenarios to be completed. Your diagnostic, investigative, management, and treatment abilities will be tested.