When and where can I take PLAB 1?

Coronavirus – information for candidates who are taking PLAB tests

Following advice from the UK government, all PLAB 2 tests from 18 March until at least 29 June 2020 are cancelled. The British Council have also cancelled June’s PLAB 1 test in Dubai, following advice from the government in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). 

We appreciate the considerable inconvenience this may cause, but your health and safety are our priority.

All other PLAB 1 tests in June are currently planned to go ahead as normal. However, we’re continually reviewing our arrangements based on advice from the relevant national public health bodies.

Visit Coronavirus – information for PLAB candidates for the latest information

PLAB 1 test dates

We run the exam four times a year in the UK and in a number of overseas locations. To see the locations and whether places are available you'll need to register for a GMC Online account and look under the 'My Tests' section. Future exam dates and both UK and overseas closing dates, are listed below.

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.

Please note that we are unable to add extra test locations during 2020 in addition to those that are available to book via GMC Online. 

Future exam dates and both UK and overseas closing dates, are listed below.

Upcoming PLAB 1 test and closing dates
Exam date  Overseas closing date  UK closing date  
12 March 2020
 30 January 2020  27 February 2020
 25 June 2020  14 May 2020  11 June 2020
 10 September 2020  30 July 2020  27 August 2020
 5 November 2020  24 September 2020  22 October 2020

When can you take the exam outside the UK?

We run the exam four times a year in the UK and in a number of overseas locations. The overseas exams are hosted for us by the British Council and are listed below along with the contact details. Once you have booked online, please only contact the relevant British Council office if you have not received details of the venue two weeks before the exam.

Contact details for overseas venues for PLAB 1

Country City Contact details
Australia
Sydney
exam@britishcouncil.org.au
Bangladesh Dhaka

Fahmida.khanam@bd.britishcouncil.org 

+880 (02) 861 8905

Canada
Toronto
CA.Exams@britishcouncil.org
 Egypt Alexandria

information@britishcouncil.org.eg

+20 (0) 2 19789
Egypt Cairo

information@britishcouncil.org.eg

+20 2 3001666 +20 (0) 2 19789
Ghana
Accra

infoghana@gh.britishcouncil.org

+233 (0)30 2610090

India Bangalore

chennai.enquiry@in.britishcouncil.org

+91 044 42050600
India Chennai

chennai.enquiry@in.britishcouncil.org

+91 044 42050600
India Hyderabad

chennai.enquiry@in.britishcouncil.org

+91 044 42050600
India Kolkata

Kolkata.Customercare@in.britishcouncil.org

+91 33 282 5370
India Mumbai

mumbai.exams@in.britishcouncil.org

+91 22 6748 6748
India New Delhi

delhi.enquiry@in.britishcouncil.org

+91 11 4219 9000
 Nigeria  Abuja

info.nigeria@ng.britishcouncil.org

+234 (0)709 8121 548

Nigeria Enugu

info.nigeria@ng.britishcouncil.org

+234 (0)42 290 962

Nigeria Lagos

info.nigeria@ng.britishcouncil.org

+234 1 2692188 / 2692189 / 2692190 / 2692191 / 2692192
Pakistan Islamabad

info@britishcouncil.org.pk

+92 51 111 424 424
Pakistan Karachi

info@britishcouncil.org.pk

+92 51 111 424 424
Saudi Arabia Riyadh

KSAinfo@sa.britishcouncil.org

+96 612 657 6200
South Africa Johannesburg

ssa.enquiries@britishcouncil.org

+27 11 560 9300
Sri Lanka Colombo

exams.cmb@britishcouncil.org

+94 4521 500
Sudan  Khartoum

info@sd.britishcouncil.org

+249 (1) 87028000
UAE  Dubai

mouhcine.oumri@ae.britishcouncil.org

+971 4 3135556