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Coronavirus – information for candidates who are taking PLAB exams

We’ve been doing all we can to get PLAB up and running following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our tests.

We’re restarting PLAB 2 from 13 August 2020. The new social distancing guidance in Greater Manchester, introduced by the UK government and relevant local authorities, doesn’t currently affect our plans to run the test. However, we’ll continue to monitor the situation and keep our website up to date with the latest information for candidates.

Demand for PLAB 2 places is very high. We have to comply with current UK government guidance on social distancing and safe workplaces, so the number of candidates we can test in one sitting is lower than normal.

For PLAB 1, we’re working with the British Council and other suppliers to introduce more seats to scheduled tests, and to provide an additional sitting on 15 October.

Visit Coronavirus – information for PLAB candidates for the latest information.

Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board

The Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board test, or the PLAB test, helps us to make sure doctors who qualified abroad have the right knowledge and skills to practise medicine in the UK. There are two parts to the PLAB test.

Read an overview of the PLAB tests

Coronavirus and PLAB tests
Latest updates on how coronavirus could affect your PLAB test. 

Ready to book your PLAB test?


If you’ve read our guides and meet the requirements, you're ready to book your test. To book PLAB 1, you'll need to set up a GMC Online account. To book PLAB 2, log in to GMC Online.

PLAB examiners

Find out what it's like to be a PLAB examiner and how you go about becoming one.

PLAB test blueprint

Download the PLAB blueprint, which sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours expected of candidates.

Information for employers

Find out how we assess international doctors and what the PLAB test involves