When and where can I take PLAB 1?

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.

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.

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  
18 February 2021  7 January 2021 4 February 2021
20 May 2021 8 April 2021 6 May 2021
12 August 2021 (release date tbc) 1 July 2021 29 July 2021
4 November 2021 (release date tbc) 23 September 2021 21 October 2021

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
 Spain Madrid  UniPro@britishcouncil.es 
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