Hi Dr. Manpreet, we congratulate you on your success in the recent PLAB examinations. We request you to share useful information on how to prepare for PLAB exam with the readers on World Surgery Forum.
It would be great if you can spare some time in answering the questions below.
Studied Medicine at Sichuan University
Went to Buddha Dal Public School
- What is PLAB exam and why do you need to clear it to practice in the UK?
- What is PLAB 1 and PLAB 2?
- How difficult is the PLAB exam?
- What books did you study for PLAB 1?
- What books did you study for PLAB 2?
- What question bank did you use for preparation of PLAB exam?
- How long do you need to study per day to clear the PLAB exam?
- Anything else you would like to share regarding PLAB exam preparation with readers of the World Surgery Forum.
What is PLAB exam and why do you need to clear it to practice in the UK?
PLAB is an exam to get registration in GMC to work in UK. It is licensing exam for all the overseas doctors.
There are other pathways as well like MRCP etc
What is PLAB 1 and PLAB 2?
PLAB has two steps, PLAB 1 and PLAB 2. The essential pre-requisite to sit for PLAB 1 is IELTS/OET score.
PLAB 1 is MCQ based exam that has 200 questions in 3 hours. The pass cut off is usually between 120 to 130
PLAB 2 is a clinical exam where your medical skills and knowledge are tested in a practical way. There are 18 clinical scenarios (stations). To pass one has to clear 11 stations and score the required passing marks
How difficult is the PLAB exam?
It is a very doable exam if prepared with proper strategy
What books did you study for PLAB 1?
I studied from notes I got online from Samson Academy and then I solved a file of 1700 MCQ for PLAB 1
There are many academies like Samson Academy, Swammys Academy etc which have courses for PLAB 1 preparation.
What books did you study for PLAB 2?
There are various academies in the UK that have courses for PLAB 2. I went to common stations Academy run by Dr. Hameed. Other academies are Samson Academy and Aspire. These academies provide you with teaching material and conduct mocks as well.
What question bank did you use for preparation of PLAB exam?
I used Plabable question bank
How many months of preparation is enough to clear the PLAB exam?
Around 3 to 4 months
Anything else you would like to share regarding PLAB exam preparation with readers of the World Surgery Forum.
There are many facebook groups that you can utilize to clarify your confusion related to the PLAB exam and MCQ questions.
Thanks a lot, Dr. Manpreet for taking out time to share this valuable information on how to prepare for the PLAB exam.