Plabable was started from a passion of a junior doctor who struggled to find a good resource for the PLAB exam. He made it his goal to create a revision platform that would deliver accurate and high-yield information for the exam yet remain affordable to all. That passion drew the attention of others who then as a team worked to establish the platform we have today.
With the help of the team, we have written more than 2000 high yield questions that mimic the PLAB part 1 exam and our explanations aim to deliver concise learning points giving you the best opportunity to pass on the first attempt. Our content is written and reviewed by ourselves, our NHS colleagues and those who have passed the PLAB exam. We constantly review user feedback and turn it into teaching material that is beneficial for everyone.
We take pride in staying on par with the current changes in the NHS and we consistently update our questions and explanations to ensure you have the most up to date information. The information we provide is evidence-based and comes from various reliable sources such as NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries, NICE guidelines, Patient.info website as well as expert opinions from our NHS specialist colleagues in the field.
We also offer a range of exciting features for our subscribers. This includes 3-hour mock tests mimicking the actual exam, a comment section on each question for discussion, progress stats against your peers, concise revision guides for quick revising, hand-drawn images for better illustration, creative mnemonics for better memory and dedicated Whatsapp groups for discussion! Additionally, we have a range of courses and webinars to further solidify your understanding and give you the confidence to ace the exam on your first attempt.
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The Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) exam is the main route by which international medical graduates demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to practise medicine in the UK. The exam includes PLAB part 1 and PLAB part 2. You will need to pass both parts of the exam to gain full registration with the General Medical Council.
PLAB part 1 is a three-hour computer marked written examination comprising 180 single best answer questions. The examination tests four skill areas which include diagnosis, investigation, management as well as the context of clinical practice. Questions may include images, electrocardiograms and X-rays
PLAB part 2, also referred to as OSCE which is a practical examination testing your clinical skills through scenarios mimicking real-life consultations.
To find out more about the PLAB exam and if you need to take it, click here.
There are 180 questions to be completed in 3 hours. This means you have 60 seconds to complete one question. Ideally, you should aim for 45 seconds per question. What this means is that by the first hour, you should aim to have completed 80 questions. There is a high proportion of people who fail because they were not able to complete the exam. Do not be one of them! Plan your time wisely.
In the PLAB part 1 exam, you will be provided with the normal laboratory values at the back of the question booklet so you do not need to remember the normal values. However, memorising some common ones can save you time from flipping back and looking for those values.
Here are some values we think is worth memorising:
Haemoglobin: Men: 130–180g/L, Women: 115–160g/L
White cells (total): 4-11 x 109/L
Platelets: 150-400 x 109/L
PaO2: >10 kPa
Bicarbonate: 22-26 mmol/L
PaCO2: 4.7–6 kPa
Sodium: 135–145 mmol/L
Potassium: 3.5–5 mmol/L
Calcium: 2.1 - 2.6 mmol/L
C-reactive protein, CRP: <10mg/L
Mean cell volume, MCV: 76–96fL
On your exam day: In the UK, the time of arrival is usually at 10 am, but this varies at other centres overseas. Ensure you set your alarm!
What to bring:
Water, snacks and medication as needed
An ordinary watch if you like
You will not need a calculator.
What about phones and valuables?
The cloakrooms are usually not monitored so it is not a wise idea to leave your phones in your bags in the cloakrooms. The current regulations allow you to bring in your phones into the exam hall