PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board) or soon to be

UKMLA (UK Medical Licensing Assessment)


The PLAB test is the main route by which International Medical Graduates (IMGs) demonstrate that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to practise medicine in the UK.

You will need to pass the PLAB test before you can apply for registration with a licence to practise if you meet the following criteria:
  • You are a national of a country outside the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland who graduated from a medical school outside the UK
  • OR you are a UK national who has graduated from a medical school outside the UK, EEA or Switzerland:
    • AND you do not have EC rights
    • AND you are not sponsored under an arrangement approved by the GMC
    • OR you do not hold an approved postgraduate qualification
    • OR you are not a trained GP or specialist

It is designed to test your ability to practise medicine safely in a UK hospital. The level is set at the knowledge and skills relating to conditions commonly seen by trainees entering the second year of the Foundation Programme, the management of life-threatening situations and rarer, but important, medical problems. This means that UK-trained doctors and international medical graduates (IMGs) are expected to have the same level of knowledge and skills at this stage of their career.


PLAB: Part 1 (200 questions in 3 hours)

Part 1 of the test is a computer-marked written examination consisting of single best answer (SBA) questions. The paper contains 200 questions and may include images, electrocardiograms (ECGs) and x-rays. The examination lasts three hours.

Exam dates:
  • 14 March 2019   
  • 27 June 2019
  • 5 September 2019
  • 7 November 2019

From Sept 2016, PLAB part 1 will include questions related to professionalism and ethics - therefore as part of your PLAB subscription you will find access to our MS SJT questions at no extra charge which has similar content to the professionalism and ethics questions (but slightly different style). We want to find out a bit more about these new questions after a few tests have been taken from our sources before we start commissioning our own
professionalism and ethics questions.


Why choose MCQbank to help you in your PLAB: Part 1 exam preparation?

We only offer high-yield quality MCQs. Your revision time is precious and wasting time doing large numbers of questions that will never turn up in your exam is not an efficient use of your limited study time. We currently offer over 1400 carefully vetted MCQs.

Our MCQs are written by practising doctors in the UK and are pitched at just the right standard for the PLAB: Part 1 exam. We have also included many questions sent in by last years candidates.

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Latest information about UKMLA



The General Medical Council (GMC) is currently developing plans to establish a Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA). They believe that the MLA will set a “common threshold for safe practice”.

From the year 2022, doctors who wish to work in the UK, including UK students and international medical graduates (IMGs), will need to show that they meet this threshold, and pass this assessment also known as the UK Medical Licensing Assessment (UKMLA), before they are granted a licence to practise.

The UKMLA will replace the current licensing test for IMGs known as the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) in 2022. The MLA will apply to UK students entering their final year in autumn 2022 for graduation in 2023 and after.


The UKMLA will be a two-part assessment:
  • An applied knowledge test (AKT); which is intended to be a computer-based test with multiple choice questions for all candidates
  • A clinical and professional skills assessment (CPSA); which will meet the same requirements the GMC expects of UK medical schools


For IMG’s undertaking the UKMLA, there will be four sittings available each year for the AKT at a number of locations worldwide, and a GMC - run CPSA at their clinical assessment centre.

For UK medical students there are plans that the MLA will be integrated into medical school finals, rather than being a standalone exam.

The GMC are still working on the finer details of the UKMLA. However rest assured that once this information is published, we will also keep you updated and MCQBank will be here to support you all the way with your UKMLA preparation.