Why is it Easy to Pass PLAB 2?

I will share why I think PLAB 2 is one of the easiest exams in the world.

I did not study hard for PLAB 2. But I still got a high score of 155/216. In my opinion, knowledge and clinical skills do not matter a lot in PLAB 2. Kindness, confidence and good communication skills matter more than anything else.

The scoring criteria judges us for 3 different skills:

A) History taking (4 marks)
B) Management (4 marks)
C) Interpersonal skills (4 marks)

Since passing scores are only around 50%, you only need to score 6 out of 12 in each station to pass.

A) Even if you mess your history taking, you will still ask something, so you will still score at least 1 or 2 out of history taking.

B) Unless you make any blunders in your management, even if you make mistakes, you will still score at least 1 or 2 out of 4.

C) As long as you are nice to the patients and communicate well, you will score 4 out of 4 in interpersonal skills.

Thus, even if you mess up any stations, you will still score 6 to 8 out of 12 and pass your bad stations.

As long as you do well, you can score 10 to 12 out of 12 in other stations.

Therefore, as long as you are nice, confident and communicate well, it can be very difficult to fail PLAB 2.

11 thoughts on “Why is it Easy to Pass PLAB 2?

  1. Thank you doctor.
    Is it important to register in an academy before plab 2 ? I mean we already have pretty good knowledge.

    1. There are example of people who have passed PLAB 2 without registering at any academy. One such example is of Dr. Maged Hassan. Here is his experience:

      https://naseersjourney.com/2017/02/26/maged-hassans-plab-2-experience/

      However, it becomes difficult to pass the exam without attending an academy course. And I would never advise anyone to not attend the academy.

      The academy makes us familiar with the exam setting and teaches us exactly what we need for the exam. This can be difficult to learn otherwise. Remember that the exam checks our behavior, attitude, body language, etiquettes and manner more than our knowledge and skills.

  2. Thanks Dr. But I noticed that you left out the procedural stations. That is the ones where you don’t take history or interact with any patients. How’s d scoring like then? Thanks

    1. There are no stations where we don’t interact with a patient/simulator. Even the stations where we perform examinations or procedures, there is some form of history and/or management. 🙂

  3. Thanks a lot for ur nice & helping post,
    here i have a question.
    If i miss/get less mark in any station due to lack of time/others causes,
    is it possible to pass by scoring a good score in others stations?

    1. Yes, it is still possible to pass PLAB 2. We only need to pass 11 stations and clear the cut off score. That is the point I tried to make in this post.

  4. Hello Dr Naseer! I just want to know which academy would you recommend to join for PLAB 2 – Dr Swamy’s or Samsun ? I have heard more of Dr Swamy’s. I stay in London. So Samsun suits me but if you say that joining Dr Swamy’s better then I can do that. Please guide me. Thanks in advance.

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