What do you do after the exam?

What do you do after you pass?

When reading this guidance, please note that we consider your pass date as the date you take the test, and not the date you get your results.

Applying for registration

When you pass the exam, you can apply for registration with a licence to practise. You should have your application for registration with a licence to practise in the UK approved within two years of passing part 2 of the exam.

If you have passed PLAB part 2 more than two years ago, you will need to provide additional evidence of your knowledge and skills. Once you have submitted your application we will contact you about to let you know exactly what’s needed.

For more information on applying for registration with a licence to practise, please see our before you apply guide.

English language evidence for registration

We know that for some candidates, delays in taking PLAB 2 could mean that their English language evidence will expire before they can register with us. If you’re in this situation there are several different ways you can demonstrate your knowledge of English which you can read about in our evidence of your knowledge of English guide.

Additionally, until 31 March 2023, we’ll accept a recent PLAB 2 pass at registration as evidence that you’ve maintained your English language skills.

To be eligible for this when you apply for registration you must have:

  • passed PLAB 2 less than three months before you apply to join the register
  • achieved our minimum scores in IELTs or OET less than three years ago.

We’ll automatically consider whether you meet these criteria when you apply for registration. You don’t have to provide us with any further information. 

We continue to be as flexible as we can be while upholding our responsibility for patient safety and making sure all doctors practising in the UK have the required English language skills.

What do you do if you fail?

If you fail the exam, you can book to take the exam again provided you meet all the requirements. You can attempt the exam a maximum of four times.

If you've failed the exam four times, you can apply for one final attempt. You will need to demonstrate evidence of additional learning over a 12 month period and make an application to us.

Can you have your results checked?

No; this is a service we no longer offer. After reviewing our processes, we’re confident that our marking is robust, and that a manual check won’t change the result.

However, you can still appeal your result.