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PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board) is a type of test that determines if an International Medical Graduate (IMG) has the necessary skills, knowledge and competency to practice medicine in the United Kingdom. The General Medical Council of the U.K. conducts the PLAB test which is specially designed to assess the knowledge and medical and communication skills of overseas doctors. One who passes the PLAB test gets a chance to work as an SHO (Senior House Officer) in an NHS hospital in the United Kingdom.
A PLAB test is divided into two parts:
The first part, known as PLAB 1, consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQ). Initially, the number of questions in this section was 200 but later in June 2018, the number of questions in the PLAB 1 test was reduced to 180. This question format is also called 180 SBA's (One Hundred Eighty Single Best Answer questions) and a candidate is given 3 hours to complete this part of PLAB. The PLAB 1 test is conducted in countries like the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Bangladesh, India, Egypt, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
The second part, known as PLAB 2, is consists of an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination). It has 18 clinical stations and each station of the test is eight minutes long, with an additional two minutes of reading time. The PLAB 2 test is conducted only in Manchester, United Kingdom.
Our institute, NCLEX Nepal, has been proving preparation classes for both PLAB 1 and PLAB 2 tests for years. If you are planning to participate in a PLAB exam and want to work as a doctor in the United Kingdom, then connect with us. We give a complete guidance to our students to pass the PLAB test with a high score, providing all the essential material they need to prepare for the PLAB test.
Before you apply for a PLAB test, you need to make sure:
- If your Primary Medical Qualification (PMQ) is accepted in the United Kingdom. Your Primary Medical Qualification must be awarded by an institute that is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
- you have taken an English Language Competency Test (IELTS/TOFEL/OET) with the required score. You must have a minimum IELTS overall score of 7.5 and a minimum of 7.0 for all four language skills or must have an OET score of at least grade B in each testing area.
- you have a postgraduate clinical experience of at least 1 year.
No. You can pay your fees in three steps, between your PLAB 1 and PLAB 2, or even after passing PLAB 2.