Take part in our written and practical assessment pilots

We’re looking for volunteers to test the practical and written assessments that help us check whether a doctor is fit to practise.

We’re doing this to make sure the tests are reliable, set at the right level, and fair to the doctor being assessed.

This is an opportunity to get valuable exam practice and gain extracurricular experience for applications and appraisals. 

You’ll also receive £350 for taking part in an OSCE pilot, and £175 for taking part in a written exam pilot.

To be eligible, you must be FY2 to consultant level and have worked in the specialty being piloted for at least four months in the last year.

A doctor taking part in a PLAB test

What’s involved?

We’ll reimburse reasonable travel expenses and provide refreshments throughout each day.

OSCE pilots

As a volunteer, you’ll spend the day completing an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE). You’ll sit a 12 station circuit in the morning, lunch will be provided, and then you’ll sit a second circuit in the afternoon.

Written exam pilots

This is a half day session. You’ll sit a two hour single best answer knowledge test.

What about coronavirus?

We regularly review coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines and adapt how we run our pilot events to bring us in line with current advice. We carry out a thorough risk assessment of all changes before we implement them. 

For more details about the pilots, read our FAQs for volunteers

How to sign up

Find out which pilot events we’re currently recruiting for and register through our booking page.

If you’re a consultant or GP you might also be eligible to assess practical exams. Tell us about your relevant OSCE experience when you register and we’ll confirm whether you’re eligible to take part.