We’re restarting PLAB 2 from 13 August 2020. We’ll start with tests for a small number of doctors in August before holding PLAB 2 several times a week from 1 September 2020.

Local restrictions in Greater Manchester 

The new social distancing guidance in Greater Manchester, introduced by UK government and relevant local authorities, doesn’t currently affect our plans to run the test. We’ll continue to monitor the situation and we’ll keep you up to date with the latest information. 

The health and safety of PLAB candidates is our priority. You can find out more about the changes we’ve made to PLAB 2 to comply with the UK government’s guidance on social distancing and safe workplaces.

Booking your place

To comply with the current UK government guidance on social distancing and safe workplaces, the number of candidates we can test in one sitting is significantly lower than normal. We need to prioritise the limited places we have available to those who can start work most quickly in the NHS. To do this, we’ll invite candidates to book their PLAB 2 test in stages.

  • On Wednesday 28 July, we’ll write to a small number of candidates, inviting them to make a booking.
  • On Wednesday 5 August we’ll invite a further group of candidates to book a place.
  • On Friday 14 August, we’ll unlock all remaining accounts, and any final test dates will be released. However, it’s important to note that demand for PLAB 2 is very high and we cannot guarantee how many places will be available at this point.

We know this continues to be a challenging time for doctors who are waiting to take PLAB 2. We’re doing everything we can to increase the capacity of our test centre; and in October we hope to be able to release new test dates for next year. We’re also looking at alternative ways that international medical graduates can join the register. 

Overseas doctors make an incredible contribution to our health services. We want to help you progress into UK practice and join the NHS workforce as quickly and as safely as possible.