Omar Alam’s PLAB 2 Experience

(This post was originally published on 20th May 2015. It was added to my blog by taking permission from the writer. Thank you, Dr. Omar Alam, for allowing me to add your post to this blog)

The cost has increased to 840 pounds now.
Please read the deatils here first before applying
: http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/plab.asp
http://www.samsonplab.co.uk/

1. Activate your credit card for online payment … 465 pounds for PLAB 2 and 520 pounds for Samson academy (excluding accommodation)

2.  Log on to https://webcache.gmc-uk.org/ecustomer_enu/index.aspx

3. Click on my plab.. then test bookings.. and book your preferred dates for plab 2

4.  Select the PLAB 2 long course with 5 mocks here http://www.samsonplab.co.uk/?page_id=445

5.  Then open the live chat box on Samsons website(click on the green chat sign on the left side of the website)

6. Tell them you have paid for the course and would like to confirm your dates

7. Tell them you wish to book a single room (double room if you’ve a friend going with you then you guys must tell them that you intend to stay together) at their accommodation- mention the duration of stay.

8. they will send an email to you mentioning the names of the accommodation officers and their contact details. Call them up and ask which accommodation is available – ask for the post code and rates.

9. Then Go to Google Maps (https://maps.google.com/)  and enter the post code there. select Street view ( the orange man icon at the bottom right hand corner of your screen) and have a look at the area and the restaurants around it. Also check the nearest bus/ tube station and find out what restaurants are available. Ask about the accommodation on facebook so that you’re well aware of the problems. Your accommodation should be very comfortable as you will be staying there for long- get the best place available.

 

 

Travel date: arrive at London 2 days before the academy course starts.

Stay in Samsons accommodation from the day you arrive till 2 days before your exam.

 

Confirm about how to pay for accommodation- there’s an option of transferring money directly into the bank accounts of the accommodation officers. However it’s advisable that you have a look at the accommodation first when you arrive in UK and then pay. So you can:

 

1. Carry cash with you (carrying more than 200 pounds is not advisable)- there are a lot of pick pockets in London.
2. Have an ATM card which works in UK to get money from the ATM machine AFTER having a look at the accommodation
3. ask your family members back home to transfer money into the accommodation officers bank account (you need the name of the bank, the bank account number and sort code) AFTER you have a seen the accommodation and are comfortable staying there.
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When you’ve booked samsons course they will send an email to you stating this:

Hi Doc,

I am writing to inform you about the plab 2 course commencing on  ******

I have received the payment and i have booked you for the course as well.

I am waiting for the call from accomodation team.

Once they confirm the booking, i will get back to you.

Regards,

 

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