Exam Dates of PLAB 2017-18 and Syllabus of PLAB 1

PLAB Part 1 and 2 Exam Dates

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We’ve listed the dates of the upcoming tests below as a guide. You’ll need to go to GMC Online and look under the ‘My Tests’ section to find out whether places are available.

PLAB 1 Exam Dates

Part 1 test dateOverseas closing dateUK closing date
15 March 201815 February 20188 March 2018
28 June 2018No overseas tests21 June 2018
6 September 2018No overseas tests30 August 2018

PLAB 2 Exam Dates in Manchester

DateClosing date
22 November 20179 November 2017
28 November 201716 November 2017
29 November 201716 November 2017
30 November 201716 November 2017
5 December 201723 November 2017
6 December 201723 November 2017
7 December 201723 November 2017
9 January 201827 December 2017
10 January 201827 December 2017
11 January 201827 December 2017
17 January 20183 January 2018
18 January 20183 January 2018
23 January 201810 January 2018
24 January 201810 January 2018
25 January 201810 January 2018
30 January 201817 January 2018
31 January 201817 January 2018
1 February 201817 January 2018


PLAB 1 Syllabus:

The subject matter of the PLAB Part 1 exam is defined in terms of skills and content. Questions begin with a title that specifies both the skill and the content they are testing.

The exam tests four groups of skills in approximately equal proportions:

  • Diagnosis
  • Investigations
  • Management
  • The context of clinical practice

Given the important facts about a patient (such as age, gender, nature and duration of presenting symptoms), a candidate will be asked to:

  • Diagnosis:
    Select the most likely diagnosis from a range of possibilities
  • Investigations:
    Select or interpret diagnostic tests
  • Management:
    Select the most suitable course of treatment, with knowledge of drug therapy and side effects.

The context of clinical practice may include questions testing skills in:

  • Awareness of multicultural society
  • Application of scientific understanding to medicine
  • Explanation of disease process
  • Health promotion
  • Legal ethical
  • Practice of evidence-based medicine
  • Understanding of epidemiology

The content tested is generally defined in terms of patient presentations and includes:

  • Accident and emergency medicine (to include trauma and burns)
  • Blood (to include coagulation defects)
  • Cardiovascular system (to include heart and blood vessels and blood pressure)
  • Disorders of childhood (to include non-accidental injury and child sexual abuse; fetal medicine; growth and development)
  • Dermatology, allergy, immunology and infectious diseases
  • Disorders of the elderly (to include palliative care)
  • ENT and eyes
  • Gastrointestinal tract, liver and biliary system, and nutrition
  • Metabolism, endocrinology and diabetes
  • Nervous system (both medical and surgical)
  • Orthopaedics and rheumatology
  • Peri-operative management
  • Psychiatry (to include substance abuse)
  • Renal System (to include urinary tract and genitourinary medicine)
  • Respiratory system

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