Am I eligible for an additional attempt at the PLAB test?

This page provides guidance to international medical graduates who have failed to pass either part of the PLAB test after four attempts but would like to request one final additional attempt.

Am I eligible for an additional attempt?

To be eligible for an additional attempt at either part of the PLAB test, there must be at least 12 months between your fourth attempt at PLAB and requesting an additional attempt. You will have undertaken further learning to improve your medical knowledge and clinical skills since your last attempt. You will have completed either:

or

Completing 12 months clinical practice

  • Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 12 months full time clinical practice (or equivalent part time basis) supported by structured reports from the senior doctors responsible for your work.
  • This must be active clinical practice involving direct patient contact. Honorary posts and those involving observation, such as clinical attachments, shadowing, observerships and clerkships are not acceptable.
  • You must have completed the clinical practice in the two years before requesting an additional attempt. We ask for this because it demonstrates that you are keeping your knowledge and skill up to date.
  • The institution where you undertook your clinical practice must meet the standards for regulation within its jurisdiction, and we must be able to verify this, for example through contact with regulators, relevant ministries or government departments.

Completing a post graduate qualification

  • Award of a post graduate qualification in a clinical subject where a primary medical qualification or other degree is required for entry.
  • The post graduate qualification must be completed over at least one academic year (or equivalent part time basis).
  • The qualification must be in a clinical subject and accompanied by a certificate from the awarding institution. Honorary qualifications are not acceptable.
  • You must have undertaken and completed your qualification in the two years before requesting an additional attempt. We ask for this because it demonstrates that you are keeping your knowledge and skill up to date.
  • The institution where you undertook your clinical qualification must meet the standards for regulation within its jurisdiction, and we must be able to verify this, for example through contact with regulators, relevant ministries or government department.

I’ve completed 12 months clinical practice, how do I request an additional attempt?

  • 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.
  • The reports must cover a minimum of 12 months’ experience gained in the last two years.
  • Each post must be at least two months in duration.
  • The referee must provide a work address. This is in case we need to verify this document.
  • We will not accept:
    • Reports completed by a relative or someone that you have a close personal, business or financial interest with.
    • Reports not completed in full.
    • Reports where the referee has provided a personal address (e.g. yahoo or hotmail account).
  • Complete the application form and return it to us by ing us at [email protected] or by post to the Clinical Assessment Centre at our Manchester office.

I’ve completed a postgraduate qualification, how do I request an additional attempt?

  • Complete the application form and return it to us along with the evidence listed below, by ing us at [email protected] or by post to the Clinical Assessment Centre at our Manchester office.
    • A copy of your certificate from the awarding institution.
    • A copy of the course curriculum.
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