Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We strongly advise all candidates to go through the General Medical Council website on http://www.gmc-uk.org/ as this website answers most frequently asked questions, regarding registration with the UK Medical Council.

  • Do I need to be a licensed (from country of origin) to attempt the exam?
    • No. You need to have a medical degree from recognised university (W.H.O list)
  • Can I write PLAB exams after graduating without Internship?
    • The GMC states that if you have not completed internship in your home country (12 months minimum),then a candidate is eligible to apply for provisional registration (equivalent to that given to a new UK graduate) after PLAB 2. In this scenario one becomes eligible for full registration after completion of foundation 1 year in the UK. Candidates that have completed a recognised internship will be eligible for full registration.
  • Can I be exempted from IELTS?
    • With ever changing guidance on English equivalence, we would suggest contacting the GMC directly and enquiring based on your personal circumstances.
  • Should I pass IELTS before subscribing?
    • We strongly advise taking the academic English IELTS exam as soon as possible as this is a requirement to sit both the PLAB exams. Our website offers a complete package of preparation, from passing your IELTS and both parts of the PLAB exam. Please find our notes to achieving the desired IELTS marks in the materials section.
  • What material do I study for PLAB?
    • For the exam purposes, we strongly recommend you study the ACEPLAB lecture notes thoroughly and attempt our MCQs. Minimal reading of the Oxford clinical handbook of medicine will be required.
  • What important subjects should read in detail for PLAB 1?
    • The ACEPLAB resources have been created factoring in for doctors with a busy schedule. We recommend you go through the ACEPLAB MCQs and ACEPLAB notes at least twice before attempting your exam.
  • Can I work in others countries after PLAB?
    • Registration and recognition in other countries becomes achievable after PLAB. Countries such as Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and UAE recognise UK registered doctors. Working experience in the UK may be a prerequisite in others. It is best to visit their individual medical councils/boards to clarify their requirements.
  • What job do I apply for after PLAB?
    • This solemnly lies on the experience you have from your home country and elsewhere. Usually newly post-PLAB registered doctors with a full licence to practice are eligible to apply for FY2 posts and above depending on experience.
  • What Visa do I apply for?
    • We recommend one to contact the United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) for visa requirements or the British embassy in your home country. However the majority of PLAB candidates apply for a business visitor’s visa. This visa type is granted to doctors attending the PLAB exam in the United Kingdom.
  • What does PLAB 2 entail?
    • The Part 2 is a practical assessment and takes the form of an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). The exam comprises 18 scenarios, each lasting eight minutes. The stations mainly comprise of examination, counselling and history taking.
  • Can I book for PLAB 1 in my final year of medical school?
    • A recognised medical degree is required to book the PLAB 1 exam, however this does not stop you from preparing for the PLAB exams in your final year.
  • What scores do I need for IELTS?
    • A score of at least 7.0 in each testing area (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and an overall score of 7.5
  • Can I attempt PLAB 2 first before PLAB 1?
    • Candidates cannot sit for Part 2 before clearing Part 1 and must pass Part 2 within three years of having passed Part 1. Please note there are four maximum attempts to clearing PLAB Part 1 and likewise for part 2.
  • Where are you located?
    • Scotland in the United Kingdom.
  • Is my medical degree recognised in the UK?
    • Please refer to the link below to search for acceptable qualifications recognised by the GMC. In most cases your qualifications are acceptable if your university is on the WHO list of medical universities.
  • Is ACEPLAB worth the money?
    • Definitely! It is worth it and here are some of the reasons: Our question bank would introduce you to the General Medical Council format of questioning, the necessary reasoning and time management skills required to pass the exam. It opens up a network of potential colleagues who are also taking the exam, helping to create studying groups, through our interactive blog(optional) It significantly increases your chances of securing a pass in the exams Our MCQ bank is broken down into a series of topics as it is important to do well in all these areas in order to excel in the exam
  • Are clinical attachments important after PLAB?
    • Yes, we would strongly recommend NHS orientation prior to starting your job. This would give you a better idea of how things are done in the NHS. There are obvious differences between how things work in the NHS and your local hospital. Learning this prior to starting work would be beneficial. You don’t need to have completed PLAB to arrange a clinical attachment/observership, one can arrange this after their PLAB 1 or PLAB 2 for example, if travelling to the UK exams
  • MRCP vs PLAB route of registration
    • The MRCP route consists of 3 exam parts, part 1, 2 and 3 unlike the PLAB route with 2 parts. The MCRP route or Royal College exam route is more advantageous if seeking to be recognised towards a specific speciality whilst in the UK, however we should mention is more time consuming and more expensive in comparison to the PLAB route. As mentioned before the PLAB route can be completed in less than 7 months if writing all exams after another, however the Royal college exam would take substantially longer. So the question lie in your hands, “When do you intend on practisiang in the UK?”
  • Which IELTS exam should I attempt for registration with the GMC?
    • The GMC accepts either the Academic IELTS or UKVI IELTS modules for PLAB and registration purposes, however the Home Office/ UK Boarder Agency (UKBA) only accepts UKVI IELTS for visas applications. As a result, for both convenience and monetary reasons one would rather attempt and pass the UKVI IELTS module so to avoid repeating the exam during your visa application process.