What is PLAB exam for in UK?

Asked by: Dr. Gregory Green DVM  |  Last update: May 1, 2022
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The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board test – known as the PLAB test – helps us to make sure doctors who qualified abroad have the right knowledge and skills to practise medicine in the UK.

What is the use of PLAB exam?

The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test provides the main route for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to practise medicine in the United Kingdom (UK).

Is PLAB necessary to work in UK?

PLAB is no longer a necessary requirement to practice in the UK. Where do you need to register to get a doctor's job in the UK without PLAB? The General Medical Council is the only authority where you need to register to get a doctor's job in the UK.

What are the requirements for PLAB?

PLAB Exam Requirements

The candidates should have appeared for IELTS and secured a minimum score of 7 overall and a minimum of 7.0 for all of the four language modules. Additionally, the candidates should complete a minimum of 12 months of postgraduate clinical experience at a teaching hospital.

Can we work in UK after PLAB?

Based on your previous experience, you can intend to start from an FY2 to ST3 level non-training job after PLAB 2. I would highly recommend reading postgraduation pathways in the UK for a better understanding of the hierarchy of doctors in the UK healthcare system and understand your route of entry.


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How do I become a GP after PLAB UK?

Apply for GMC registration

You will get your PLAB 2 results in a few weeks. Once you have passed, you will be eligible to apply for a GMC registration. Go to your GMC Online account and apply for a GMC registration. Fill in all the required details in the application.

Which countries recognize PLAB?

Once you've passed your PLAB 2, you can get GMC registration to become eligible to work in the UK as a doctor. but Newzealand and Australia accept PLAB if you've at least 2 years of training experience in the UK. many Arab gulf countries accept it also like Emarat, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudia. Well there are quite a few!

Can I give PLAB without internship?

Requirements to take PLAB 1

You DO NOT need to have your house job/internship completed in order to sit for PLAB 1.

Which is easy PLAB or Usmle?

Whilst comparing the above information might make one think that the USMLE exams are easier because they have higher pass rates than the PLAB exam, the fact that the Step 1 and 2 CK exams both provide a numeric score that plays a big part in your strength as a future applicant, the preparation time and intensity for ...

Is PLAB tough than NEET PG?

Which one is tougher, USMLE or PLAB or NEET-PG? A. There is no comparison between USMLE, PLAB and NEET PG. It depends upon where you want to build your career.

Can we study in UK without PLAB?

PG in UK after MBBS in India without PLAB

Trainees are provided with GMC-UK registration at the beginning of the PG course through which applicants are able to do clinical practice along with their studies.

What is a doctor's salary UK?

A doctor in specialist training starts on a basic salary of £39,467 and progresses to £53,077. Salaried general practitioners (GPs) earn £62,268 to £93,965 depending on the length of service and experience. GP partners are self-employed and receive a share of profits of the business.

Can I do PG in UK without PLAB?

You can join MD MS abroad from UK without PLAB. By studying PG abroad after MBBS in India, you can ensure yourself of getting the best and advanced knowledge in your field of specialization. The kind of research and teaching work carried out in UK universities is best in the world.

Can you write PLAB 1 UK?

PLAB part 1

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. You can sit part 1 in a number of countries, as well as in the UK.

How do I start studying for PLAB?

How to prepare/study for PLAB 1
  1. Get yourself in the related groups for PLAB 1 preparation. ...
  2. Download the 1700 Qbank and other related materials. ...
  3. Set a target of questions per day. ...
  4. Mark the questions you think need reviewing. ...
  5. Look up the references. ...
  6. Take adequate rest. ...
  7. Attempt as many mock tests.

Is PLAB exam difficult?

Studying for the Tests

Many individuals struggle to answer all 180 questions in the 3-hour time limit. Leaving questions unanswered means automatic failure. Although it's possible to take the exam four times, it's best to pass it on the first try. Doing so can save on time and money.

Does UK accept USMLE?

Many of you have undoubtedly heard the news put out by the General Medical Council (GMC) of the UK that they will be accepting USMLE, MCCQE, and AMC pass results for the consideration of full registration. This would then allow these individuals to work in the UK as doctors.

Which IELTS do I need for PLAB?

Remember, to sit the PLAB test, you must obtain the required IELTS overall score of 7.5 with minimum scores of 7.0 in each sub-test.

Can I give PLAB during MBBS?

You can't sit for the PLAB exams without your PMQ (primary medical qualification, e.g. MBBS). That means you can't sit for PLAB being a medical student. You don't necessarily need to have the main diploma/certificate in order to appear for PLAB, but you will need them before you apply for GMC registration.

How many times is PLAB 1 written in a year?

PLAB 1 is run four times a year at a number of overseas venues. The June and September exams are held in limited locations only. These are hosted for us by the British Council and are listed below along with the contact details.

Is PLAB similar to USMLE?

Unlike USMLE, it consists of two steps and both the steps are compulsory to be eligible to practice in the United Kingdom. However, passing PLAB doesn't guarantee you a job or a residency. Unlike USMLE, IELTS is required. You must have a 7.5 overall or 'B' in OET (Occupational English Test) to give the PLAB test.

Is Indian MBBS valid in UK?

Few Universities in UK accept the Indian MBBS Degree for entry to PG Programmes without PLAB exam and a minimum of two years work experience excluding the internship period. MD Internal medicine is a 3 year specialised General Medicine Program.

How many steps are in the PLAB exam?

PLAB Exam Details and Steps

The exam consists of 180 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) which have to be completed within a three-hour time frame. Each question consists of a scenario with five answer options. Part 2 of the PLAB exam is based on the OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) pattern.