PLAB Part 1

PLAB Part 1

This is a computer-based exam that lasts three hours and ten minutes, with a total of 200 ‘single best answer’ questions.

The GMC website gives the following information about what knowledge is required in order to take the PLAB Part 1 test:

  • The exam tests your ability to apply knowledge to the care of patients rather than how well you can remember and recite facts.
  • All questions relate to current best practice - answer them in relation to published evidence and not according to your local arrangements.
  • Any drugs featured in the exam will be listed in the most recent edition of the British National Formulary (BNF).
  • You should be aware of the range of equipment routinely available in UK hospitals.

The PLAB Part 1 is run four times a year in the UK and twice a year at a number of overseas centres. The PLAB Part 1 test dates can be found on the GMC website here.

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