May 2021 tests

Most PLAB 1 tests taking place on 20 May 2021 are currently going ahead in line with public health guidance in host countries. However, due to local restrictions the British Council has cancelled May tests in India, Pakistan and Toronto.

All candidates with a booking in India for May will instead be able to rebook their place on a test in India on 12 August 2021. We’ll email affected candidates with further details, including information about how to rebook. You don't need to contact us.

For Pakistan and Toronto, the British Council is currently unable to reschedule bookings for later in the year at the moment because of the ongoing restrictions in place. We appreciate how difficult this uncertainty must be and are doing everything we can to increase the PLAB 1 places we can offer in future.

Availability in 2021

All our PLAB 1 places for tests held throughout 2021 are booked.

We will from time to time release additional seats where we are able to do so.

Occasionally, a very small number of seats might become available because of cancellations. You can check availability on GMC Online.

We’ll continue to work closely with the British Council and our suppliers to offer as many seats as possible in locations around the world.

Some venues have reduced capacity in order to comply with public health guidance in the host countries. If and when we can increase seats in any of our locations, we’ll do so as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued patience as you wait to book your place.

Applying for registration

We’re looking at a range of other options to help international medical graduates demonstrate their knowledge and skills. This year we made some changes to the options available for international medical graduates who want to apply for registration with us:

If you gained your primary medical qualification in the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you might not need to take PLAB to join our register.

We’ve also recently added three overseas registration exams to the list of evidence we accept from doctors to demonstrate knowledge and skill. If you have passed one of these exams in the last two years, you might not need to take PLAB to join our register.

Check your eligibility for both of these new application types on our route finder and follow the instructions on the webpages.