What to Expect on the Day of the PLAB 1 Exam

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When to Reach

Reach the exam venue at least an hour before time.


What to Bring With You

  1. Your ID document (passport or ID card).
  2. Confirmatory email of your exam invitation, with your GMC number on it.
  3. Stationary, including HB pencils, an eraser and a pencil sharpener.


Dress Code

There is no dress code for the PLAB 1 exam. However, there might be air-conditioning in the room and it might get really cold. Be prepared for that.


Inside the Hall

You will be allowed to take pencils and erasers with you inside the hall.

You might be allowed to take small bags with you, depending on your centre. But to be safe, it’s best to just keep a small pouch for your pencils and erasers.


Time Management

As long as you manage time during the exam, you’ll pass this very easily. The best way to improve time management is to practice mocks.


Stay Positive

The exam is easy and most people end up passing the exam comfortably.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What happens if you are late?

If you are more than half an hour late, you will not be allowed to enter the examination room.

2. Can you leave the examination hall during the exam?

You will not be allowed to leave the room in the first or last half hour of the examination.

3. For how long should you expect to be at the examination centre?

You can expect to be at the examination centre for at least four hours.

4. What can you take with you to the examination hall?

You may bring a bottle of water in a clear bottle with all labels removed, one or two items of fruit to snack on, medications and a basic ordinary analogue watch or digital watch (excluding smart watches) to the exam. This must be kept in your pocket or on your desk. 

5. What can you NOT take with you to the examination hall?

Coats, Large bags, phones, smart watches, calculators or any other electronic devices.

One thought on “What to Expect on the Day of the PLAB 1 Exam

  1. Regarding dress code, coats and jackets are not allowed. Only jumpers, sweaters, cardigans etc are allowed.

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