Changing your PLAB Date

You might want to change your PLAB date for various reasons. This applies for both PLAB 1 and PLAB 2 dates.


1. Postponing your Exam:

You can not delay or postpone your exam for any reason.


2. Cancelling your Exam:

You can cancel your exam for any reason.


Cancellation Fee in Case of Visa Refusal:

GMC issues a complete refund of your exam fee in cases of visa refusal.

Send an email to GMC, along with a copy of your visa refusal letter. The GMC will ask you to log in to GMC Online and cancel your exam. Cancel your exam only after instructions from the GMC. Upon cancellation, 50% of the fee will be refunded immediately. The other 50% will be refunded in a week or two. They money goes back to the same account or the credit card.


Cancellation Fee in Case of Other Reasons:

If your visa has not been refused and you do not have any genuine reason for cancelling your exam. The following rules will apply on you.


Cancellation Fee for PLAB 1:

Period of Notice Cancellation fee
Over 83 days before the exam No cancellation fee
Between 83 and 57 days before the exam  £115
Less than 57 days before the exam  £230

Cancellation Fee for PLAB 2:

Period of Notice Cancellation fee
Over 83 days before the exam No cancellation fee
Between 83 and 43 days before the exam  £420
Less than 43 days before the exam  £840



3. Swapping an Exam Date:

Technically swapping is not possible. However, you can swap your date, if you find someone who is willing to swap dates with you.

The procedure for swapping will be something like this. Let’s say you are swapping your exam date with X. You and X will both cancel your exam dates on the same day at the same time. As soon as you two cancel your exam dates, those dates would become available on the GMC online portal. Then both of you would quickly book your preferred exam dates.

So it isn’t exactly swapping. You will be cancelling your exam and booking a new exam. But it will do the job for you.

This is, of course, risky as someone else can book the exam before you. But it has worked for people. Choosing to swap your date is a personal choice.

You can join the PLAB 2 – 2017 Facebook group and go through the files section to find the file made for PLAB 2 date swaps.

6 thoughts on “Changing your PLAB Date

  1. @Naseer Khan for the swapping does it mean we won’t have to pay any extra money for the swap. Or do we need to pay and then receive a refund later

    1. For swapping you will have to cancel your exam and book another exam. Having to pay anything or not depends on when you are cancelling your exam, as I have mentioned in my post.

  2. Hi! If i cancel my exam over 83 days before it, will i get full refund immediately? TIA!

  3. Hi, I am struggling to find someone to swap with. I have searched facebook and google, can you suggest anywhere else?

    1. Please check Facebook group, “PLAB 2 and GMC Registration”; there’s a relevant file in the files section just for this.

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