Scheme of Examination for PLAB 2017

The test is conducted in two parts:

  • Part 1 is a computer-marked written examination which is a multiple choice option sort of paper, known as single best answer (SBA) questions. The time duration of paper is three years which requires 200 questions to be completed within it. This part may contain images. This test has an advantage that you can give as many attempts as you want but you are required to clear the part 1 within two years of the date of your IELTS certificate or the date the foundation specifies when accepting alterative evidence of your proficiency in English.
  • Part 2 is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). There are 14 stations which you need to pass, each section giving you only 5 minutes to clear it up. Its necessary to clear Part 2 within three years once you have cleared Part 1 and that too within maximum 4 attempts. Incase you do not clear till the fourth attempt, you will have to retake IELTS (unless we have accepted alternative evidence from you and it is still valid) and both parts of the PLAB test. You must apply for, and have been granted, registration with a licence to practise within three years of passing Part 2 of the test.
  • This part consists of:
    1. 14 clinical scenarios or ‘stations’
    2. a rest station
    3. one or more pilot stations run for statistical purposes, where the marks do not count towards your result.