This post is for doctors who were unable to attempt or unable to pass PLAB 1 in March.
Before we go over your options, let us keep in mind that PLAB 1 is held in the UK four times a year: in March, June, September and November. However, it is held internationally only in March and November.
Let us consider your options now:
A) PLAB 1 in June or September in the UK
- This plan would take less time.
- It is not easy to get a visa for PLAB 1 if PLAB 1 is held in our home country. Having said that, there are examples of people who received a visa for PLAB 1. But this is not ideal or advisable.
- It might not be easy to complete everything on a single visa. You will end up requiring a second visa for PLAB 2 or GMC registration. Having said that, there are examples of people who do complete everything on a single visa. But this is not ideal or advisable.
- This plan would require more finances.
- In the case of visa rejection, it might make a negative impact on your future visa applications.
B) PLAB 1 in November in your Home Country
- You will have more than enough time to prepare for PLAB 1.
- You will have more than enough time to pass your MRCP 1 in September. This will be ideal because it will make PLAB 1 easier for you. Also, it will give you an edge later on in your career.
- You can easily plan your PLAB 2 on a single visa after this.
- Since you will take PLAB 1 in your home country, this plan will require fewer finances.
- This plan might take more time (but keep in mind that in the long run, it might take less time if you pass your MRCP 1 because of this plan).
I feel that when we look back in time, we might feel that waiting a few months for PLAB 1 was not a bad idea at all, specially if we pass MRCP 1 during this time. However, this is only what I think. At the end of the day, you should do what you feel is best for you. All the best!