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How do I book or cancel an exam?

Contents           

  1. How do I book or cancel an exam?
  2. What is the fee?
  3. Are there any concessions for refugees?
  4. What do I do if I am absent or sick on the exam day?
  5. What if I have a disability?

How do I book or cancel an exam?

You need to have a GMC Online account to book or cancel a test.

Before you book PLAB, you must make sure you meet the necessary requirements.

Go to your GMC Online account and under the My Tests section you will be able view available test dates and book or cancel a test.

If you want to change the date of your test you must first cancel your place, pay the cancellation fee and book again.

Cancellation fees

Part 1

Period of notice

Cancellation fee

Over 83 days before the exam No cancellation fee
Between 83 and 57 days before the exam £115
Less than 57 days before the exam £230

Part 2

Period of notice

Cancellation Fee

Over 83 days before the exam No cancellation fee
Between 83 and 43 days before the exam £420
Less than 43 days before the exam £840

What is the fee?

See our fees page for the current fee.

Are there any concessions for refugees?

If you are a refugee doctor living in the UK, the fee for part 1 will be waived for your first two attempts and for part 2 will be reduced by 50% for your first two attempts. Please book the examination online and contact us to arrange a refund.

Read our information for refugee doctors living in the UK

What do I do if I am absent or sick on the exam day?

If you cannot attend the examination because of serious illness or another overwhelming problem, we will make a full refund of your fee. You must provide the following evidence:

  • Illness - medical certificate or letter on appropriate headed paper covering the day of the examination
  • Death or serious injury of family member - death/medical certificate
  • Immigration difficulties, such as refusal of visa - a document from the UK Visas and Immigration 
  • Any other difficulty you could not have foreseen - a letter of explanation (for example, from an employer)

Please send copies, not original documents. Please send scanned copies to plab@gmc-uk.org with a covering email explaining the circumstances of your cancellation. Alternatively, you can send copies of the documents with a covering letter by post, addressed to Registration Support Team (CAC) at our Manchester address.

By presenting yourself for the exam, you deem yourself fit to be assessed. Should this change at any point you must tell an invigilator immediately. Please remember that if you do not declare any illness or issues, this cannot be taken into account once the exam has finished.

If you are taken ill at an exam, it will not count as an attempt. We will book you a place in the next available exam if you wish us to do so.

What if I have a disability?

If you have a disability within the scope of the Equality Act 2010, we may be able to make reasonable adjustments to the examination.