PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board)


The PLAB test is the main route by which International Medical Graduates (IMGs) demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to practise medicine in the UK.

You will need to pass the PLAB test before you can apply for registration with a licence to practise if you meet the following criteria:
  • You are a national of a country outside the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland who graduated from a medical school outside the UK
  • OR you are a UK national who has graduated from a medical school outside the UK, EEA or Switzerland:
    • AND you do not have EC rights
    • AND you are not sponsored under an arrangement approved by the GMC
    • OR you do not hold an approved postgraduate qualification
    • OR you are not a trained GP or specialist

It is designed to test your ability to practise medicine safely in a UK hospital. The level is set at the knowledge and skills relating to conditions commonly seen by trainees entering the second year of the Foundation Programme, the management of life-threatening situations and rarer, but important, medical problems. This means that UK-trained doctors and international medical graduates (IMGs) are expected to have the same level of knowledge and skills at this stage of their career.


PLAB: Part 1 (200 questions in 3 hours)

Part 1 of the test is a computer-marked written examination consisting of single best answer (SBA) questions. The paper contains 200 questions and may include images, electrocardiograms (ECGs) and x-rays. The examination lasts three hours.

Exam dates:
  • 15 March 2018   
  • 28 June 2018
  • 6 September 2018

From Sept 2016, PLAB part 1 will include questions related to professionalism and ethics - therefore as part of your PLAB subscription you will find access to our MS SJT questions at no extra charge which has similar content to the professionalism and ethics questions (but slightly different style). We want to find out a bit more about these new questions after a few tests have bee taken from our sources before we start commissioning our own
professionalism and ethics questions.


Why choose MCQbank to help you in your PLAB: Part 1 exam preparation?

We have one of the largest online bank of PLAB: Part 1 MCQs. We currently have over 1400 high quality SBA MCQs (no EMQs like some other sites!), all with excellent feedback to help you learn as much relevant information in as short as time as possible. In fact, so much so we have quickly established ourselves as the number one online preparation site for the PLAB Part 1 exam thanks to peer-to-peer recommendation.

Our MCQs are written by practising doctors in the UK and are pitched at just the right standard for the PLAB: Part 1 exam. We have also included many questions sent in by last years candidates.

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