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PLAB,IELTS and UK Experience
Thursday, 1 September 2005
Costs?
Q:
hi,
presently m doin intrnship whch is gng to get ovr in june.im preparing for plab bt i kno th current situatn in uk or london is nt favorabl for jobs...bt i wish to giv mrcp/mrcs,moreovr i heard systems of plab r changing.
it wil b of grt help to me if som1 enlightns me regardin abov-hw shud i proceed &al &th expenditure etc


A:
Have you appeared for IELTS yet? If you are determined to make the move, do consider giving the ielts before you start planning. That's not because we doubt your ability to pass IELTS, but because that will give u an idea of the time frame required for you to appear for plab2. Things are changing quite rapidly nowadays.


The rules were supposed to be changed in August, but there hasnt been ne changes in the rules for PLAB.

While the PLAB structure hasn't changed much, all the collaterals have. What has become difficult is - extending your visa once you are in the country. Getting attachments, jobs etc...
Off late, most plab candidates have to renew their visa 2 to 3 times before they get their first job, each time it costs u bout 500 pounds. All other costs have gone up over the last few months. Some places now insist you pay the hospital to do an attachment, and getting an attachment could take form 1 to 4 months. Some of us want to compile a list of the possible expenses etc, we will put it up on the site if and when we are done, but the rule of thumb it that u should at be prepared to give plab2 twice, and extend your visa 2 times, not to mention other costs.



NB: HOPEFULLY A LIST BASED ON THE EXPERIENCES OF RECENT PLABBERS WILL BE UP ON THIS BLOG BY MID OCTOBER 2005

Posted by nrsmc at 1:35 AM BST

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