PLAB is a shortened form of the Professional Linguistic Assessment Board. This exam is conducted to obtain full registration of the General Medical Council to obtain a license to practice medicine or to apply to the post-graduate training positions in the United Kingdom (UK).
Levels of PLAB Test
The PLAB exam is divided into 2 parts. i.e.; PLAB 1 and PLAB 2.
It is a written test where the candidates are assessed on their clinical knowledge, especially in subjects of Medicine, Gynaecology/Obstetrics, Surgery, Paediatrics, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, and Basic Sciences.
It is a practical objective structured clinical exam OSCE based exam where clinical, and communication skills are assessed to pass the test.
The procedure of the PLAB 1 and PLAB 2 Test
PLAB 1 Test
The PLAB 1 Test is held twice a year when an aspirant has to register for the test 5 weeks prior to the test date. The tests can be taken in countries like Canada, Australia, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Nigeria.
- Duration :3 hours
- No. of Questions: 200 Multiple Choice Questions
- Question Type: MCQ
- You need to answer the right one from five possible answers.
- Test Centre: can be taken in Australia, Canada, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and Sri Lanka.
The skills on diagnosis, investigations, management, and others like an explanation of disease process, practice of evidence-based medicine, understanding epidemiology and health promotion, scientific understanding to medicine and awareness on multicultural society along with legal/ethical principles are included for PLAB 1 test. A response form will be given to the candidate on the test date where you have to fill in the designated circles choosing the best answer from five possible answers.
PLAB 2 Test
The PLAB 2 Test is held throughout the year within 2 years of passing part 1 where you are allowed to take the test with a maximum of 4 attempts. The tests can be taken in cities like Cambridge, London, Manchester and the United Kingdom.
- Duration :3 hours
- No. of Scenarios: 18
- Tests held: Throughout the year within 2 years of passing part 1 and you are allowed a maximum of 4 attempts.
- Test Centre: can be taken in cities like Manchester, Cambridge, London and United Kingdom.
- Syllabus: Based on communication, history taking, practical skills, clinical examination, and emergency management
The scenarios will be based on four skill areas that include, the clinical examination, practical skills, communication skills, and history taking. These skills help you to assess to manage the long-term and acute conditions, peri-operative and treating emergencies of the patients including the palliative and terminal care is included in PLAB test 2. The application is valid for two years from passing part 2 of the PLAB test.
How to crack the PLAB scores?
It is advisable to keep the below-mentioned points in the reminder to grab good scores in the PLAB examination.
- Keep revising the PLAB test by taking online courses that comprise many (SBA) and (EMQ) questions
- Revise the basic concepts along with the principles with a clear understanding
- Update yourself with the acquired materials on a timely basis
- Practice many mock tests with a time management
- Be cautious while reading the questions, especially with the phrases, ‘never’ and ‘always’
- Check and answer the questions that mention ‘except’ before answering the same
- Do not waste time on complicated questions and avoid spending too much time for a single question.
- Consider that your judgement on answer is extremely correct if you are so confident.
Accessories required for the PLAB examination
The candidates are asked to carry the following documents and stationeries at the time of the test that includes,
- Admit Card
- Pencil Sharpener
Mostly, the results will be announced immediately after the test for both the levels as follows:
- The results of the Part 1 test are announced four weeks after the test.
- The results of the Part 2 test are announced two weeks after the test.
Furthermore, the exact date of the results is announced on the test date.