Are you eligible for an additional attempt?

When can you apply for an additional attempt?

To be eligible for an additional attempt for either PLAB 1 or 2 (after your fourth attempt), there must be at least 12 months between your fourth attempt and requesting an additional attempt.

You should undertake further learning to improve your medical knowledge and clinical skills. You must have completed either 12 months’ clinical practice or a post graduate qualification.

What is expected from your clinical practice?

  • A minimum of 12 months’ full time clinical practice (or equivalent part time basis), with direct patient care.
  • Supported by structured reports from senior doctors responsible for your work, to show satisfactory completion.
  • Completed in the two years before requesting an additional attempt to demonstrate that you are keeping your knowledge and skill up to date.
  • Undertaken in an institution that meets the standards for regulation within its jurisdiction, and we must be able to verify this.
  • Honorary posts and those involving observation, such as clinical attachments, shadowing, observerships and clerkships are not acceptable.

How to apply for an additional attempt after your clinical practice

Download the structured report form and ask the senior doctor(s) who provided oversight during your clinical practice to fully complete it on your behalf.

Please note

  • Each post must be at least two months in duration.
  • The referee must provide a work email address.

We will not accept:

  • reports completed by a relative or someone that you have a personal, business or financial interest with
  • reports not completed in full or where a work email address isn’t provided.

Complete the application form and return to us at plab@gmc-uk.org or by post to the Clinical Assessment Centre at our Manchester office.

What is expected from your postgraduate qualification?

  • It should be a clinical subject where a primary medical qualification or other degree is required for entry. 
  • To be completed over at least one academic year (or equivalent part time basis).
  • To be accompanied by a certificate from the awarding institution. Honorary qualifications are not acceptable.
  • Completed in the two years before requesting an additional attempt to demonstrate that you are keeping your knowledge and skill up to date.
  • Undertaken in an institution that meets the standards for regulation within its jurisdiction, and we must be able to verify this.

How to apply for an additional attempt after your postgraduate qualification

Complete the application form and return it to us along with the evidence listed below to plab@gmc-uk.org or by post to the Clinical Assessment Centre at our Manchester office.

Evidence required

  • A copy of your certificate from the awarding institution.
  • A copy of the course curriculum.