When and where can I take PLAB 1?

When can you take the exam?

We run the exam four times a year. There are sittings in February, May, August and November. We hold the test in the UK and in a number of overseas locations. 

Eligible candidates can view our current availability by registering for a GMC Online account and log into our PLAB booking service.

All exam places are limited and in high demand. We carefully monitor demand to ensure that availability is evenly and fairly spread throughout the year.

If you have a UK job offer in the NHS that requires GMC registration or hold UK refugee status, please contact us at plab@gmc-uk.org and we will try and offer you a test place as soon as we can.

The number of places available for the PLAB exams is not linked to the number of jobs available.

Where can you take the exam?

The UK exams currently take place in: Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Oxford and Sheffield.

The exam can also be taken in two EU locations: Dublin and Madrid.

If you’ve secured a booking at a UK or EU location, you’ll receive confirmation of your venue address within 7 days of your exam. This information will be sent to you by the GMC approved supplier VICTVS, who are responsible for delivering and invigilating UK and EU based PLAB 1 exams on behalf of the GMC.

If your booking is for an exam taking place outside of the UK and EU, you’ll receive venue address details directly from the British Council.

Once you have booked online, please only contact VICTVS or the relevant British Council office if you have not received details of the venue at least one week before the exam. Contact details for all exam locations are listed below.