How do you book or cancel a place?
Before you book a PLAB exam you must have:
- an acceptable overseas primary medical qualification.If you haven’t graduated yet, we will need confirmation you have passed your final examinations and are eligible for the qualification.
- the necessary knowledge of English – before you can book a test you will need to provide your English language test scores. If you've taken the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, you can do this in the 'My Tests' section in GMC Online. If your IELTS scores meet our requirements you will be able to book a test. If you would like to use your acceptable Occupational English Test (OET) scores as evidence of your knowledge of English, you’ll need to contact us before you can book your test online.
- a GMC Online account to book or cancel the exam.
Book using your GMC Online account
Go to GMC Online. You can view available dates and book under the 'My Tests' section.
If you don’t have a GMC Online account
If you have a GMC reference number but have not logged in to GMC Online you will need to activate your account.
If you don't have a GMC reference number you will need to setup your account and provide the following details.
- Primary medical qualification
- Valid passport
- Postal address
- Email address
The setup process will take a few minutes to complete. We will send you a confirmation email including your GMC reference number once you have completed the setup process.
How much does it cost?
The fee for PLAB 1 is shown below.
Part 1 of the PLAB test:
Booking confirmations and errors
We'll send you an email confirmation of your booking once it's complete.
If you see an error message or don't get the email confirmation, your booking may not have been successful. If this happens, call us on 0161 923 6602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting code 'PLAB error 1' for more details.
How do you cancel or change the date of the exam?
You can cancel your booking in the 'My Tests' section of your GMC Online account.
If you want to change the date of your exam you must cancel your place, pay the cancellation fee and book again.
|Period of notice||Cancellation fee|
|Over 83 days before the exam||No cancellation fee|
|Between 83 and 57 days before the exam||£115|
|Less than 57 days before the exam||£230|
Are there any concessions for refugees?
If you are a refugee doctor living in the UK, the fee for part 1 will be free of charge for your first two attempts. Please book the exam online and contact us to arrange a refund.