You can read all about the steps we’re taking to protect candidates, and the changes to the test format on our PLAB 2 information pages.

When we’ll release more PLAB 2 places

We’ll open further PLAB 2 places from 10 am (GMT) on 19 January 2021. We’ll stagger the tests we’re releasing by month:

  • Between 10:00 am and 10:20 am, we’ll release places in April 2021
  • Between 10:20 am and 10:50 am, we’ll release places in May 2021
  • Between 10:50 am and 11:50 am, we’ll release places in June 2021
  • Between 11:50 am and 12:10 am, we’ll release places in July 2021

You can check availability through GMC Online. Please only log on to your account once, on a single device, as this will help prevent issues with your booking.

Please do not use automated services, bots or pass your login details to third parties to make bookings: doing so breaches our terms and conditions. If we identify that you have done so we will cancel your place and we’re obliged to report this which may impact on your registration.

Our booking schedule for 2021

We know there is significant demand from doctors waiting to take PLAB 2. As well as the places we’re opening this month, over the course of this year you will have a number of other opportunities to book your PLAB 2 place: 

  • In March, we’ll open further places in May, June and July 2021, as well as releasing test dates in August and September 2021.
  • In July, we’ll open test dates in October, November, December 2021.
  • In September, we’ll begin to open test dates in early 2022.

We won’t email you in advance of each release, so you will need to regularly check GMC Online.

We hope that by increasing the number of places available, opening our new temporary clinical assessment centre and releasing bookings regularly throughout the year, you’ll be able to plan ahead and progress into UK practice more quickly.

In the meantime, a very small number of seats might become available because of cancellations, or if we are able to add additional days or circuits. If this happens, candidates will be able to see and book these on GMC Online.

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

Coronavirus restrictions in England

Following the UK government’s announcement of a lockdown in England we reviewed the latest guidance and considered what it means for our PLAB tests.

PLAB 2 tests will continue with stringent hygiene and social distancing measures in place, at our clinical assessment centre in Manchester. We’ll continue to monitor the latest government advice and update this page and social media if there is any future impact on PLAB candidates.

If you no longer wish to take your test or are experiencing difficulty in attending, please cancel your booking in GMC Online as soon as possible, and we will issue a full refund. We aim to process refunds within ten working days onto the card used for booking, but it could take slightly longer at the moment.

You can also read our risk assessment: PLAB – Running limited exams during COVID-19 outbreak