What resources should you use to prepare?
The PLAB blueprint
The blueprint is a guide to what the exam covers and can help you to prepare. It sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours you are expected to demonstrate in the exam and beyond. All the topics and skills needed to pass are covered in the blueprint.
The Foundation Programme curriculum
All the topics and skill areas covered by the PLAB blueprint match those typically faced by doctors starting the second year of their UK Foundation Programme training. This is how we make sure doctors who pass the PLAB test are at the same level as UK-qualified doctors.
Guidance and interactive tools
Medical practice is our core advice to doctors on the standards we expect of them. You will be expected to demonstrate the professional values and behaviours set out in Medical practice when you take the exam and when you practise as a doctor in the UK. The PLAB blueprint is mapped against Medical practice.
You can build and test your knowledge of Medical practice using:
- explanatory guidance
- Medical practice in action interactive online tool
- Welcome to UK practice interactive online tool.
You do not need to attend a study or coaching course to pass, but many candidates choose to do so. We don't offer courses and we do not endorse or monitor the quality of courses given by others.