The PLAB test is for doctors who have qualified overseas and wish to practise medicine in the UK under limited registration. The test assesses your ability, as a doctor, to work safely as a senior house officer (SHO) in a UK NHS hospital.
PLAB 1 is the first of 2 exams you need to pass to be able to apply for GMC registration and become a doctor in the UK. Passing this exam demonstrates your awareness of the current best practices in the UK, and the equipment available, as well as your ability to apply this knowledge for the care of patients.
The PLAB 1 exam covers common, important or acute conditions (i.e., those that frequently occur in emergency departments) that are experienced by trainees entering the second year of their Foundation Programme, and the management of long-term conditions seen in primary care.
It is a written exam of 180 multiple choice questions which you must answer within 3 hours. The format is a short scenario followed by a question with five possible answers, you need to choose the right answer out of this five.
The scope of the test is covered in the PLAB blueprint, this details the topics, skills and procedures that a doctor who passes the test would need to know and be able to do, and the professional qualities expected of a doctor working in the UK.
The fee to take the PLAB 1 exam is £230, and you have 4 attempts to pass the exam.
PLABverse is run by a group of NHS doctors who obtained registration through the PLAB route & are familiar with the current exam structure.
IMGs wanting to pass their PLAB 1 exam the first time.
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