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Do I need to take the PLAB test?

The PLAB test is made up of two parts, part 1 and part 2.

  • The part 1 exam is made up of 200 single best answer questions (SBAs).
  • The part 2 exam is an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).

You will need to take and pass both parts of the PLAB test before you can apply for registration with a licence to practise.

The PLAB route is for:

  • A national of a country outside the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland who graduated from a medical school outside the UK

    OR
  • A UK national who has graduated from a medical school outside the UK, EEA or Switzerland

The PLAB route is not for doctors with:

If you are unsure which route to registration to take please see our Applications section to find the guidance that is relevant to you.

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