How do you book or cancel a PLAB 1 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 have met all other requirements to be eligible for the qualification.

  • the necessary knowledge of English – before you can book a test you will need to provide your English language evidence to us. 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 scores meet our requirements requirements, your test details will be sent to us for verification and we aim to do this within two working days. Once verified, you'll 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.

Demand for test places is high, and this may affect availability for your preferred date or venue.

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.

Inputting false information to create an account is not permitted. Any accounts identified as being false will be locked. 

How much does it cost?

The fee for PLAB 1 is shown below.

Part 1 of the PLAB test:

£239 from 1 April 2020

£240 from 1 April 2021

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 plab@gmc-uk.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 and book again.

Cancellation fees and refunds

Please see our PLAB cancellation fees.

We will consider giving you a full refund where exceptional circumstances arise that prevent you from attending your exam such as visa refusal, ill health or bereavement. 

We’ll also consider giving you a full refund if you are unable to attend your exam due to the following pandemic-related 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 that prevent you from attending – you must cancel your booking within 21 days of the restriction being announced for us to consider a full refund

We will ask you to provide evidence of your circumstances before we confirm we can give you a full refund.

If you think your cancellation fee should be refunded please send your reasons and evidence to plab@gmc-uk.org and we will consider this.

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.

If you are having trouble booking a test date, please email PLAB@gmc-uk.org for help.

Read our information for refugee doctors living in the UK.