Evidence of your knowledge of English

When you apply for registration with a licence to practise we need to be satisfied you have the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely in the UK. We need to be confident you can communicate effectively in English, so you do not put the safety of your patients at risk.

Communicating includes speaking, reading, writing and listening.

This guide provides information on the different ways you can demonstrate your knowledge of English if you are:

  • applying to sit the PLAB test,
  • an international medical graduate applying for registration with a licence to practise.

The evidence needed to apply for PLAB may be different than for registration, so please read the information carefully to see what options are available to you.

To reflect the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had across the world, we’ve extended the validity of PLAB 1 passes. We’ve also updated our guidance on the English language evidence applicants can use to sit PLAB 1 and when applying for registration.

Each chapter of this guide gives details of a different type of evidence of your knowledge of English. Select the one that's relevant to you.

Why read this guide?
To find out how we assess knowledge of English and what evidence you need to give us that we will accept.   
Next steps
When you have read the guidance, and have the necessary evidence of your knowledge of English, you can apply to join the register using GMC Online.