PLAB 1

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most PLAB 1 tests scheduled on 25 June 2020 have been cancelled. This is because venues in these locations can’t safely run the tests, in line with their governments’ public health advice. Tests affected are:

  • Karachi and Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad, India
  • Enugu and Lagos, Nigeria
  • Toronto, Canada
  • Khartoum, Sudan
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt
  • Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Edinburgh, UK

If your test has been cancelled, you’ll automatically be refunded.

We’ve temporarily closed bookings for PLAB 1 until 10:00 am (BST) on 16 July 2020.

We want to make sure you have a range of available dates and locations to choose from. 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 2020. 

From 16 July 2020, you’ll be able to see availability for the rest of the year on GMC Online. We know this uncertainty is difficult for doctors waiting to progress into UK practice. We’re doing everything we can to keep you updated with information about PLAB 1 as the situation develops around the world.

Running PLAB 1 safely

There are a number of locations around the world where PLAB 1 tests are currently scheduled to go ahead in June 2020. These include:

  • Sydney, Australia
  • Madrid, Spain
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Belfast, Cardiff, London and Manchester, UK

We’re working with the British Council and suppliers to introduce measures that comply with public health guidance in these host countries.

Measures will depend on local circumstances at individual venues but may include mandatory face coverings and splitting candidates into smaller groups. The content of the assessment will remain the same, but the test will be slightly shorter – 150 minutes rather than 180 minutes – and will have 30 fewer questions.