Passing the PLAB 2 Exam

How Would You Like To Know The Key Tips and Advice You Need To Know To Pass The PLAB 2 Exam First Time?

Why It Is Important To Learn About PLAB 2?

If you graduated from a medical school outside of the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you will probably need to take the PLAB test.

Note: Do not make a PLAB booking if you have an EEA or Swiss primary medical qualification, unless the GMC has advised you to. If the GMC has not advised you, you should use their registration guide to see how to apply with a European or Swiss qualification.

What is PLAB 2?

PLAB 2 is a practical objective structured clinical exam, known as an OSCE. It consists of 16 scenarios, each lasting 8 minutes and aims to reflect real-life settings including a mock consultation or an acute ward. There will be at least 2 rest stations, allowing you to take breaks. The whole PLAB 2 exam will take around 3 hours. The exam can be taken only in Manchester, UK. Read a very comprehensive guide to the PLAB 2 exam on the GMC website here. If you would like to know how the PLAB 2 test has changed during COVID-19, please follow this link.

COVID-19 pandemic has changed the number of PLAB places released throughout the year with some places being cancelled or significantly postponed. The GMC takes all necessary steps to increase the number of places where possible. So if you planning on taking the PLAB exams, it is worth checking for regular updates from the GMC here.

Some key points to keep in mind about the PLAB exams:

  • PLAB 2: Objective structured clinical exam (OSCE) 16 stations reflecting real-life settings (cost £879)

  • Pass for PLAB cannot be older than 2 years, but the GMC will consider older than 2 years on a case-by-case basis

  • PLAB tests knowledge and skills but the experience will also be reviewed so you should look at internship criteria first

  • Check the official GMC website to have an idea of how the PLAB exams have changed because of the pandemic. This will help you to plan your UK journey wisely.

Featured Course: PLAB 2 Face-to-Face (in Manchester) and Online Course Bundle

How The Course Works

This unique hybrid PLAB 2 course gives you the best of both worlds: 3 months of UNLIMITED access to our entire online PLAB 2 preparation courses with regular webinars. 3 days of intensive face-to-face preparation designed and taught by fully qualified UK-based practicing Doctors.


This course allows you to prepare for the PLAB 2 exam around your work schedule in your home country. The 3 day intensive face to face course will help prepare you in a way where you will practice and learn how to deal with difficult consultations, time management to get the maximum marks as well as mannequin practice and mock stations. The tutors will be on hand throughout the 3-day intensive face-to-face preparation course and all feedback is given in a supportive and friendly environment to help you get the best outcome for your PLAB 2 exam and be ready for your journey to working as a Doctor within the United Kingdom.

SimMan/Manikin Practice

Practice clinical skills on SimMan/manikin, receive feedback on your performance and participate in a live analysis. Individualized feedback to each candidate.

Mock Stations

Mock stations and live analysis involving small groups - covering a wide range of example clinical stations.

Organised content

More than 70 hours of content. A case is attached to each topic. Each topic is organised in an easy to navigate library of content which you can access at your convenience.

Written by practicing UK doctors

Developed by expereinced UK practitioners and ex-GMC PLAB examiners.

How The Course Will Help You

About The Course Instructor

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The TrewLink Academy is our new initiative to help IMGs aiming to work in the UK by providing access to a range of learning content for key topics such as Writing a Medical CV, Passing PLAB exams, Finding an NHS Job and more, all in an easy to navigate service.

Who Is This Course For

This course is for foreign doctors and healthcare professionals who plan to work in the UK.

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