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What is the PLAB 2 exam?

PLAB 2 is an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE). It's made up of 18 scenarios, each lasting eight minutes and aims to reflect real life settings including a mock consultation or an acute ward.

What does the exam cover?

The exam covers everything a UK trained doctor might expect to see on the first day of Foundation Year Two (F2).

It tests your ability to apply knowledge to the care of patients, not how well you can remember and recite facts.

All the questions relate to current best practice. You should answer them in relation to published evidence and not according to your local arrangements.

Names of drugs referred to in the exam are those contained in the most recent edition of the British National Formulary (BNF).

The PLAB blueprint sets out the scope and content of the test. It includes the topics, skills and procedures that a doctor who passes the test would need to know and be able to do. It also provides details of the professional qualities expected of a doctor working in the UK.

How do you answer the questions?

The whole exam will take around three hours and 10 minutes. You'll have one and a half minutes between scenarios to read the instructions and patient information. There will be at least two rest stations, allowing you to take breaks.