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The UKMLA (UK Medical Licencing Assessment) will replace the PLAB (Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board) exam in 2024.

Comprised of two components: an Applied Knowledge Assessment (AKT) and a Clinical and Professional Skills Assessment (CPSA).

Passing UKMLA exams will be required for all UK medical students graduating in the academic year 2024-2025 onwards and will be implemented into medical degrees.

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UKMLA vs PLAB

The UKMLA exam will replace the former PLAB test (Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board) for IMG doctors. Those graduating from a UK medical school or as an international medical graduate (IMG) in or after the academic year 2024-25 will be required to take the UKMLA exam, to gain their license to practice with the GMC. 

The UKMLA has been designed by the GMC to test candidates on the same knowledge areas as the PLAB assessment, in a fairer way. According to the GMC, the UKMLA will set a “common threshold for safe practice”.

Medical Licensing Assessment Sections

The UKMLA test is a two-part assessment. These are the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) and the Clinical and Professional Skills Assessment (CPSA).

For UK medical students, the AKT exam (formerly known as PLAB 1)  is a test of applied knowledge rather than factual recall, so where relevant this will include basic science, for example, the pathophysiology behind a symptom. There are two 2-hour AKT papers, each with 100 SBA (scenario-based single best answer) questions.

For IMGs there will be no changes to the current format of PLAB 1 except that the topics covered in the exam will be taken from the MLA content map and not the PLAB blueprint.

Note: It is worth noting that the UKMLA AKT is not to be confused with the existing applied knowledge assessment, which forms one of the three main components of UK MRCGP.

The CPSA exam (formerly known as PLAB 2) is a performance-based assessment of clinical and professional skills, knowledge and behaviours. This will be an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE). It will involve scenarios that reflect real life settings, including a mock consultation or an acute ward.

The CPSA for international medical graduates will be run at the GMC’s clinical assessment centre in Manchester. Here at Arora Medical Education we run a 10 day CPSA/UKMLA PLAB 2 academy in Birmingham, and are easy to reach by a direct train from London, Manchester, or the surrounding areas.

Find out more in our What is the UKMLA exam? guide here.

UKMLA Courses Tailored To The MLA Content Map

The MLA content map sets out the core knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for UK practice by the general medical council. These are the topics which could be assessed within the AKT (and CPSA exams). 

The content map is based on the GMC’s Outcomes for Graduates, which outlines what newly qualified UK medical graduates must know and be able to do.

Ace Both Parts Of The UKMLA Exam: AKT and CPSA

Explore Arora Medical Education’s learning packages for the UKMLA:

10+ years teaching experience of International Medical Graduate doctors

Multiple UKMLA PLAB 1 (AKT) and UKMLA PLAB 2 (CPSA) teaching packages in 5 learning styles to suit you

Mix of Live, Digital and Mock UKMLA PLAB 1 and UKMLA PLAB 2 teaching for AKT and CPSA exams

AKT and CPSA teaching by previous PLAB examiners, senior NHS Clinicians and experienced educators

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UKMLA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Our Ultimate Package is the ultimate solution for those preparing to take the PLAB 1 exam. Combining 6 excellent resources into one discounted mega bundle – saving you more than £350. It includes:

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PLAB 1 Online Course

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What is PLAB 1?

PLAB 1 is part of the PLAB assessment process for doctors who are training abroad, to allow them to practice as doctors in the UK. The PLAB 1 exam is the written component of the process and PLAB 2 is the OSCE component.

PLAB 1 can be taken in various places – both in the UK as well as in other countries. To see which cities you are able to take the exam see the GMC website. The PLAB 1 format comprises a 180-question exam. The exam lasts 180 minutes in total.

For our PLAB 1 Ultimate Package click here.

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Dr Aman Arora is a GP who is now 100% committed to transforming medical education, helping doctors across the globe to ace their exams and enhance their careers. He has taught 50,000 doctors globally with a combination of face-to-face, online, audio and social teaching.

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