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How to pass PLAB 2 : 10 Top Tips with Do's and Don'ts

Updated: Apr 2, 2022

Hi, we are Haseeb and Chaitali, IMGs and junior doctors working in the NHS. In today's blog article, we are going to share with you some tips and tricks on how to pass the PLAB 2 exam. You may also want to read our detailed guidance on How to pass the PLAB 2 exam on your first attempt.

10 TOP TIPS from Haseeb

As an IMG I had to take PLABs to be eligible to practice as a doctor in the UK. Without any doubt, it seemed like an impossible task but with the right guidance, PLAB 2 was one of the most straightforward exams I have ever sat.

Here are a few points I would like to share for the benefit of my fellow IMGs.

  1. Medical knowledge is essential but not crucial. The NHS website can cover most of your common presentations in PLAB 2.

  2. Academies can play a role in giving you an insight about the exam but do not entirely rely on them.

  3. Be yourself, do not go into the exam scripted.

  4. Utilize the breaks in between the stations wisely.

  5. Make sure you completely understand the question. This can change your whole management plan.

  6. Avoid medical jargon, always explain in layman’s terms.

  7. Do not show off your knowledge by taking names of medications that are not related to your speciality. Stick to simple terms and explanations.

  8. Time management is one of the most important parts of this exam. Practice beforehand comes in very handy.

  9. Make sure you check the understanding of your patient amidst explanations.

  10. Diagnosis does not matter, but failing to rule out red flags can have a bad result.

To make the PLAB journey easier, the TrewLink Academy has launched its very own PLAB 2 Online course that includes high-quality lectures and recordings of each PLAB chapter taught by UK doctors and ex-OSCE examiners. This is an intensive instructor-led coaching programme, covering the highest yield topics and scenarios seen in PLAB 2. History taking, diagnosis, management, communication and counselling stations are all dealt with as well as practical skills. You can now prepare for PLAB 2 at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home.

Do's and Don'ts from Chaitali

Here are 10 do’s and don’ts that can help you be confident on the day and pass your exam the first time.

DO’s - what I would recommend doing before the exam and on the day:

  1. Relax and believe you can do it.

  2. Check all your documents and keep them ready.

  3. Try to go to bed early and have adequate sleep.

  4. Listen to your favourite music or watch your favourite movie (but avoid late nights) to make yourself entertained.

  5. Keep yourself hydrated adequately.

  6. Have breakfast before going to the exam.

  7. If you need to travel to the exam centre, plan your journey well ahead so you are tension free on the day.

  8. Take with you some snacks and regular medicine.

  9. Plan what you are going to wear well ahead of the exam day.

  10. Try to be calm and composed - your mind is the master of your body.

DON’Ts - what I would not recommend doing right before the exam and on the day.

  1. Do not study on the day/in the evening before exam day.

  2. No late night sleep.

  3. No discussion regarding stations or the exam with friends.

  4. Avoid travelling in the evening before the exam.

  5. Do not practice in the evening before the exam.

  6. Do not take too much caffeine and tea.

  7. Do not sleep at a time which is unusual for you.

  8. Do not watch any video related to the PLAB 2 exam.

  9. Do not take any unusual drinks or food from the hotel - as many will stay in hotels.

  10. Do not use any medicine other than your regular medicine.

Good luck,

Haseeb & Chaitali


Keep calm and conquer PLAB 2!


If you have any questions feel free to ask on the TrewLink website, we are happy to help.

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Written by Haseeb & Chaitali

Edited by Julia


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