PLAB refers to the Professional Linguistic Assessment Board. If you are a doctor and are looking to practice medicine in the UK, you will need to register with the General Medical Council (GMC). In order to qualify for registration, it is important that they pass the PLAB; showing their knowledge of English language as well their medical knowledge.
In addition, the applicant must pass the IELTS to meet the English language requirements. This is particularly important as it shows the competence and fluency of the applicant in English language in relation to gauge his suitability to take the PLAB test.
On the successful completion of the IELTS, the applicant (Doctor) may then proceed to taking the PLAB test in the United Kingdom.
Please note that the Professional Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) examination is broken down into two distinct areas; Part 1 and Part 2. The exams are set up in such a way that you can only move to stage 2 after you have successfully completed and passed stage 1.
Please note that where the applicants fails woefully in stage 1, they would have to wait for at least 4 months to be able to retake the exam.
If you are from a country that would normally need a visa to come to the United Kingdom, you will have to apply for entry clearance on the basis for the PLAB test in other to sit the exams.
In addition to the applicant meeting all the requirements in paragraph 75a of the Immigration rules, the following are the additional requirements that would need to be fulfilled.
Furthermore, applicants on this route, in the UK, may take on additional periods of clinical attachment courses. However, it is not obligatory to make applications individually in order to take on clinical attachments, only in situations where the duration of the clinical attachment exceeds the expiration of the leave to take the PLAB test in the United Kingdom.