PLAB cancellation fees

In June 2021 we reintroduced cancellation fees for PLAB tests. Our policy is designed to cover our costs of managing bookings while being flexible and offering full refunds where candidates can’t attend due to unavoidable circumstances. We recognise there remains a lot of uncertainty and we want to continue to support candidates in managing this.

We’ve updated our cancellation policy so that:

  • candidates cancelling more than six weeks before their test will now be charged a 10% cancellation fee. This reflects the cost we incur to process the original booking.
  • for PLAB 1, any cancellations made less than six weeks from the date of the test will incur the full fee.
  • for PLAB 2, those cancelling between four and six weeks before their test will incur a 50% cancellation fee. This means most candidates will have longer to cancel their place before they’re charged the 50% fee compared to our previous process. Any cancellations made less than four weeks from the date of the test will incur the full fee.
  • those who cancel their test because of unavoidable circumstances, such as self-isolation, travel restrictions or bereavement, will continue to receive a full refund of their booking fee.

How much are the cancellation fees?

The table below outlines the cancellation fees candidates will incur depending on when they cancel their booking:

PLAB test cancellation fees  Tests booked between 1 April 2020 – 31 March 2021  Tests booked from 1 April 2021 
PLAB 1 - cancellations over 42 days before exam £23.90  £24
PLAB 1 - cancellations less than 42 days before exam £239  £240
PLAB 2 - cancellations over 42 days before exam £87.50  £87.90
PLAB 2 - cancellations between 42 and 28 days before exam £437.50  £439.50
PLAB 2 - cancellations less than 28 days before exam £875 £879

Exemptions for cancellations in certain circumstances

There’ll be exemptions for those who cancel their test because of unavoidable circumstances. We’ll consider giving you a full refund if you’re unable to attend your exam due to the following reasons:

  • You must self-isolate because you or someone you have been in contact with has COVID symptoms or has a positive test
  • Travel restrictions have been introduced since you made your booking – you must cancel your booking within 21 days of the restriction being announced for us to consider a full refund.

We may also consider a full refund for other unavoidable circumstances such as visa refusal, ill health or bereavement. We’ll ask you to provide evidence of your circumstances before we confirm we can give you a full refund.