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PLAB Revision and Mock Test Series:   One requires a lot of practice to clear competitive exams such as PLAB. PIME provides a wonderful platform for comprehensive revision tests for PLAB Part 1 and provides you real time PLAB Part 1 mock tests with the same number of ...

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Total Databank Questions 3400+
Questions per test 50 Questions / Test
Exams Covered NEET-PG, AIIMS, PGI, JIPMER, USMLE, PLAB (MRCP), FMGE
Test Duration Flexible
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PLAB Revision and Mock Test Series:

 

One requires a lot of practice to clear competitive exams such as PLAB. PIME provides a wonderful platform for comprehensive revision tests for PLAB Part 1 and provides you real time PLAB Part 1 mock tests with the same number of questions and pattern as the real PLAB - Part 1 exam. In addition we provide explanation for each and every answer and an immediate result.

 

The mock tests are designed in such a manner that a set of 200 questions is displayed on the screen every time a doctor takes a test. The questions are selected intelligently by the system so that there is minimum repetition and the doctor sees questions which he/she has not attempted / wrongly attempted before. As we have a huge database (continuously growing) the possibility of repeat questions is minimum.

 

PLAB Exam Overview:

 

PLAB is also known as Professional and Linguistic assessments Board Test (PLAB). The PLAB test is relevant for international medical graduates, those who wish to take up a period of limited registration (which you can do only if you are in supervised employment) and who need evidence that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to practice medicine in the UK. The PLAB test is designed to test one’s ability to work safely in a first appointment as a senior house officer in a UK hospital in the National Health Service (NHS).

 

Passing the PLAB test is one of the ways in which an individual can satisfy the General Medical Council (GMC) that they have the knowledge and skills which are necessary to practice medicine in the UK. The General Medical Council must assure itself that the particular individual should have suitable qualifications and abilities before it could grant an individual limited registration. Limited registration will allow the individual to practice in the UK in supervised employment in the National Health Service.

 

PLAB Test 1 Format:

 

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

 

The PLAB test is designed to test your ability to practise medicine safely in a UK hospital. It is set at the level expected at the end of Foundation Year 1 (F1). You can find out more about the UK Foundation Programme here. This means that in the Part 1 examination you must show that you are capable of applying knowledge to the care of patients at the level expected of a doctor who has had one year of clinical experience following graduation.

 

PLAB Test 1 Skills: The skill areas we test are set out on the top two rows of the sampling grid. These are: 

 

  • Applying knowledge and experience to clinical practice 
    • Epidemiology and health promotion
    • Genetics
    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Pathology and microbiology
    • Pharmacology
    • Social science and statistics.
  • Good clinical care: assessment
    • Diagnosis
    • Investigation: choice of appropriate tests
    • Investigation: interpretation of results
  • Good clinical care: management
    • Acute including emergency
    • Long-term
    • Symptom relief and end of life
    • Peri-operative. 

 

Extended matching questions:

 

Extended matching questions are grouped into themes. Each theme has a heading that tells you what the questions are about. Within each theme there are several numbered items, usually between three and six. These are the questions and the problems you have to solve. There are examples in the next section. We recommend that you begin by reading carefully the instruction that precedes the numbered items. The instruction is very similar throughout the paper and typically reads ‘For each patient described below, choose the SINGLE most appropriate management from the above list of options. Each option may be used once, more than once or not at all.

 

We recommend that you consider each of the numbered items and decide what you think the answer is. You should then look for that answer in the list of options above the items (each of which is identified by a letter of the alphabet). If you cannot find the answer you have thought of, you should look for the option which, in your opinion, is the best answer to the problem posed. 

 

For each numbered item, you must choose ONE, and only one, of the options. You may feel that there are several possible answers to an item, but you must choose the best one from the option list. If you enter more than one answer on the answer sheet you will gain no mark for the question even though you may have given the right answer along with one or more wrong ones. 

 

In each theme there are more options than items, so not all the options will be used as answers. This is why the instruction says that some options may not be used at all. Alternatively a given option may provide the answer to more than one item. For example, for two different patients the most likely diagnosis could be the same. In this case the option would be used more than once. 

 

Single best answer questions:

 

We recommend that you consider the scenario and decide what you think the answer is to the question given at the end, which typically reads ‘What is the SINGLE most likely diagnosis?' You should then look for that answer in the list of options below (each of which is identified by a letter of the alphabet). If you cannot find the answer you have thought of, you should look for the option which, in your opinion, is the best answer to the problem posed. 

 

For each question, you must choose ONE, and only one, of the options. You may feel that there are several possible answers, but you must choose the best one from the option list. If you enter more than one answer on the answer sheet you will gain no mark for the question even though you may have given the right answer along with one or more wrong ones.

 

PLAB Test 2 Format:

 

Part 2 is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). It takes the form of 14 clinical scenarios or ‘stations' as well as a rest station and one or more pilot stations. A pilot station is one where we are checking whether the station can be used in future examinations. Your mark for this station will not count towards your result. It is important, however, that all candidates complete the station because without the information gained from this we cannot evaluate the station properly. For this reason we do not reveal which is the pilot station. Each station lasts five minutes.

 

The PLAB test is designed to test your ability to practise medicine safely in a UK hospital. It is set at the level expected at the end of Foundation Year One (F1). You can find out more about the UK Foundation Programme Curriculum. Setting the standard at this point means that in the OSCE you must show that you are capable of performing the clinical and communication skills expected of a doctor who has had one year of clinical experience following graduation. The examiners will assess whether you are able to use your knowledge and skills appropriately.

 

PLAB Test 2 Skills:  

 

The skills assessed are:

  • Clinical examination
  • Practical skills
  • Communication skills
  • History taking

 

PLAB Qualification Criterion:

 

To be eligible to take the PLAB entrance test, the applicant must meet/fulfill the following criterion:

  • A primary medical qualification (PMQ) for limited registration. Please check the GMC website to see if your qualification is acceptable. 
  • Allowed qualifications are those listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools published by the World Health Organization. (All MCI recognized colleges in India are in general acceptable.) www.who.int/health-services-delivery/med_schools. 
  • Relevant scores in the IELTS test (academic module): a minimum of 7 as an overall score and in the speaking section, and 6 in each of the other sections ? listening, academic reading, academic writing. 
  • At least 12 months? Post-graduate clinical experience in a teaching hospital, or another hospital approved by the medical registration authorities in the appropriate country. (The test can be taken without this experience, but the candidate will only be granted limited registration at the grade of House Officer - the grade occupied by new medical graduates)
  • Those student’s who have passed the IELTS test more than two years back at the time of initial registration, will have to prove that they have maintained their English language skills once again. 
  • Limited registration will not be granted without the offer of a job. But passing PLAB does not guarantee a job. Before taking the PLAB test, one should make sure that they are well informed about opportunities for work in the UK.

 

Applying for PLAB Exam:

 

  • On deciding which route of registration applies to the candidate, he/she should obtain the relevant application form. The application form can be downloaded from the website : http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/plab/advice_part1.asp or will be sent to you on payment by a debit or credit card.
  • The application form should be completed giving all the information required. Failure to do so will delay the processing of the application for registration. Please follow the instructions in the application form carefully. The candidate will be duly intimated incase further information is required for the application. This may include certificates and other documents.
  • Before submission of the application form please check that all details have been provided and all the information and documents asked for are enclosed. 
  • The application form can be submitted by post or in person to: General Medical Council, North Entrance, 350 Euston Rd, London, NW1 3JN. UK
  • Once the application forms have been received it will be checked for the details that have been provided.
  • In some cases applications will need to be referred to the Registration Committee for a decision on the candidates eligibility for registration , the candidate will however be informed regards the same.
  • Once the application has been processed a certificate of registration will be sent to the candidates registered address.
  • However one should not assume that they are registered until they have received the registration certificate or confirmation via telephone helpline that registration has been granted. Please note that registration will be granted on the date that it is processed.

 

The information shared on this page is taken from the official PLAB website http://www.gmc-uk.org/doctors/plab/advice_part1.asp. Please refer to the official PLAB Website for further information regarding PLAB requirements, scheduling your exam and the application process.

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