Making reasonable adjustments to the PLAB exam

If you have a disability, for example a visual impairment or dyslexia within the scope of the Equality Act 2010, we may be able to make adjustments to the exam arrangements, such as producing information in large print. We won't be able to change the standard of the exam.

We’ll also consider making adjustments to make sure the exam is fair for other groups of people. For example, if you’re pregnant.

Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your requirements. We may not be able to make the adjustments, if you leave it too late.

Examples of adjustments we have made

These are examples of reasonable adjustments we've made to the practical arrangements for the PLAB test at the request of candidates. We make decisions about reasonable adjustments on a case by case basis.

Part 1 examination

  • We arranged for a candidate with motor difficulties and impaired vision to take the examination in a regional office because they found travel difficult. We gave the candidate extra time for the examination and prepared all written material in large print and on maize-coloured paper.
  • We've arranged for a number of candidates with dyslexia to have extra time and a separate room in which to take the exam and to use a coloured overlay.
  • We arrange for candidates who are pregnant to sit near the toilet and allocate a female invigilator to escort them.

Part 2 examination

  • We offered a candidate, who was a wheelchair user and had impaired vision, the opportunity to visit the Clinical Assessment Centre to allow them to consider what adjustments were necessary. All written material was placed at appropriate heights and in large font size. The examination time began when the candidate’s wheelchair was in position and we provided an assistant to help move between stations.
  • For a candidate with manual dexterity difficulties, the examiners opened packages if requested and if the station required gloves, we did not require the candidate to put them on.
  • For candidates who are pregnant and for those with mobility difficulties we place the resuscitation manikin on a couch rather than on the floor.
  • For a candidate with dyslexia we arranged for the station instructions to be printed separately on a colour of paper and in a font size of their choosing.