Once the candidate has cleared his/her PLAB 1, they are able to sit for the final part, the PLAB 2. This exam is the OSCE part of the exams and is held multiple times a month , throughout the year. It assesses the candidates ability to work as an FY2 doctor.
It is a 3 hour exam (approximately) consisting of 20 stations ( i.e. 18 stations and 2 rest stations).
The exam is held in the GMC building in Manchester, on the 1st floor.
Results become known via the GMC online portal after 1 month.
There are academies that provide training for this course, namely :
- CommonStations (by Dr Hamed), London
- Dr Swamy, Manchester
- Samson PLAB Academy, London
- PLAB Right, Liverpool
- Plabcoach, Birmingham
The exam costs £850 /- per attempt.
Candidates can sit for a total of 4 attempts for each PLAB exam (since September 2016). If at candidate is unable to complete the PLAB exam in 4 attempts, the GMC states:
“If you’ve failed the exam four times, you can apply for one final attempt. You will need to demonstrate evidence of additional learning over a 12 month period and make an application to the GMC.” (1)
One can also appeal the results.
The FY2 PLAB2 , however, is NOT a substitute for the FY1 OSCE exam (the Clinical Skills Assessment / CSA). You will still be required to sit for the CSA if you have not done your internship + graduated more than 2 years ago. The CSA fees is currently costs £ 850 /- .
I am scratching my head too at this point.
After clearing the PLAB 2, you can go on to apply for your provisional registration … on to the ID check section!