How do you book or cancel a place?

Coronavirus – information for candidates who are taking PLAB tests

We’ve been doing all we can to make sure PLAB 1 runs as regularly and safely as possible.

PLAB 1 tests for the rest of 2020 are currently going ahead as planned. We’re continually reviewing our arrangements for PLAB 1 based on advice from governments in the countries where exams are held.

Visit Coronavirus – information for PLAB candidates for the latest information.

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 or the Occupational English Test (OET), you can do this in the 'My Tests' section in GMC Online. If your IELTS or OET scores meet our requirements you will be able to book a test.
  • 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

£239 from 1 April 2020.

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 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.

Cancellation fees

Cancellation fees and notice periods for PLAB 1 cancellations
Period of notice Cancellation fee
Over 83 days before the exam No cancellation fee
Between 83 and 57 days before the exam 50% of the fee paid
Less than 57 days before the exam 100% of the fee paid

Are there any concessions for refugees?

If you are a refugee doctor living in the UK, the fee for PLAB 1 will be free of charge for your first two attempts. Please book the exam online and contact us to arrange a refund.

Read our information for refugee doctors living in the UK.