Coronavirus – information for PLAB candidates

Following the latest advice from the UK government, all PLAB 2 tests from 18 March until at least 1 July 2020 are cancelled. We appreciate the considerable inconvenience this may cause, but your health and safety are our priority.

Currently, PLAB 1 tests are still operating as normal. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and update you.

If you need to contact us, please email plab@gmc-uk.org – we will respond as soon as we can. Please don’t call us at this time.

When will I be able to sit PLAB 2?

All PLAB 2 tests are cancelled until at least 1 July 2020. Currently, all PLAB 2 tests after this date are scheduled to run as normal. If this changes, we will contact you by email. 

If you had an appointment that’s been cancelled, we’re unable to make a new booking for you. You can book an alternative date using GMC Online.

Will I receive a refund if I have a PLAB 2 date booked before 1 July 2020?

If you were due to take PLAB 2 between 18 March and 30 June 2020, you will receive an automatic refund to the card you used to pay for your booking. We'll try to process this within ten working days, but it could take slightly longer due to the high demand we're experiencing.

We can only refund you the cost of your cancelled test place. Unfortunately, we can’t reimburse you for any costs you may have incurred for travel or accommodation. 

Will you extend the validity of English language evidence and PLAB 1 results, so I can book another test after July?

We understand that some doctors’ PLAB 1 results and English language tests are due to expire before 1 July 2020. We’ll consider whether we can extend the validity of these types of evidence on a case by case basis. Please email plab@gmc-uk.org and we will respond to you as soon as we can.

Will there be extra PLAB places available for the rest of the year?

We will continue to monitor the availability of both PLAB 1 and PLAB 2 places throughout the year. Please check GMC Online, which will show all available test dates.  

Will my PLAB results still be published as normal?

If you have already taken your PLAB 1 or PLAB 2 exam, your results will be published as normal. We'll send you an email to show you how to access your results in the 'My Tests' section of GMC Online. 

For more information about receiving your results, check: