Do I need to take the PLAB test?
There are various different routes to registration with a licence to practise 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
- You do not have one of the following:
- a sponsorship under an arrangement approved by us
- an approved postgraduate qualification
- eligibility to enter the GP or specialist register
If you do not meet the above criteria, you may be eligible to apply for registration with a licence to practise without passing the PLAB test. Please see our Applications section to find the guidance that is relevant to you.
Candidates need to be aware that a pattern of multiple failed attempts at any part of the PLAB assessment will be taken into account on any application for registration in the future and could lead to our refusing such an application.
From September 2017, candidates must pass the written and practical parts of the test within a maximum of four attempts at each. And, any application for registration and a licence to practise must be approved within two years of passing the Part 2 practical exam.
If you are eligible to apply for registration with a licence to practise by a route other than PLAB, but decide to take the PLAB test and fail, this will be taken into consideration if you later apply through an alternative route.