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Taking the Examination

  • Travel and accommodation arrangements have to be made by the candidate.
  • Part 1 of the PLAB Test is a three-hour Extended Matching Question (EMQ) examination.
  • The
    Invigilator's instructions will take about 30 minutes. The Examination will last three hours and collecting the Examination materials will take a further 30 minutes. The candidate is required to be at the Examination centre for a minimum of four hours.
  • The candidate is expected to carry proof of identity to the Examination centre together with the letter from the General Medical Council or British Council offering them a place in the Examination. These will be checked at the Examination.
  • The
    Chief Invigilator will take a polaroid photograph of the candidate and will be asked to sign on the back of it to verify its authenticity. If for some reason the candidate fails to comply with this process, they will not be permitted to take the Examination.
  • Every candidate will be provided with all the materials needed during the Examination. No other reference material will be allowed.

PLAB 1 Exam Dates
Part 1 test date Overseas closing date UK closing date
14 September 2016* no exam 7 September 2016
15 November 2016* 10 October 2016 9November 2016

After the Examination

  • Marking of the Exams are computerized.
  • For the first sitting of the Examination, the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board determined the standard required to pass in accordance with a recognized method of standard setting. This standard is maintained by test equating. This means that the standard for each examination will be the same, but the pass mark may vary, reflecting the difficulty of the questions set in the Examination.
  • Temporary personal circumstances which might affect the candidates performance such as illness, pregnancy or bereavement will not be taken into account.
  • At the end of the Examination, the candidate will be informed the date on which their results will be available. This will be about four weeks after the examination. Results will be published on the website and a letter containing the results will be posted about two weeks later to the candidates address.
  • On passing part 1 of the PLAB examination the candidate can apply online immediately to take Part 2 of the test .
  • If the candidate fails in the first attempt he /she may re-apply. However one cannot apply for PLAB Part 2 or re-apply for Part 1 before any previous PLAB examination results have been issued.
  • The results will include information about your position in relation to the pass mark and the performance of the other candidates.
  • Candidates wishing to verify any mark or marks, by means of a clerical check, should submit a request in writing to the PLAB Test Section no later than 28 days after the results have been issued. A fee of 45 must accompany the request.
  • The check will be done at the earliest and a response will be issued within 10 working days.
  • A candidate who wishes to make a complaint about the examination should submit a detailed written report to the Head of the PLAB Test Section no later than three weeks after the results have been issued.The individual should provide their name, address, telephone number and GMC reference number.
  • The complaint will be acknowledged and investigated and a response will be sent within 10 working days.
  • However the candidate cannot make an appeal against the mark they receive for the Examination. The examiner's decision is final.

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