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MY IELTS

I took my IELTS in November 2015. English is the official language of Ghana and it's the medium of instruction in Ghanaian schools at all levels,so I wasn't particularly scared of this exam.
In addition i watch a lot of foreign movies and I am an avid reader .
Nonetheless, I had researched quite extensively on this exam and had also noticed on the PLAB FACEBOOK GROUP that it could be a tricky exam ,so I had to strategise .
I noticed that the most challenging section will be the writing section,in the face of the fact that the last time I wrote a proper academic English essay was in first year university communication skills course.
I also came to know about the connundrum in the writing section, the thin line between band 6.5 and the required band 7.

HOW I PREPARED :
I completed about 10 practice tests from the Cambridge book,timing myself under exam conditions in at least 4 of them.
I watched a lot of YouTube IELTS videos which highlighted common mistakes by candidates.
I spe…

FOREWORD

I have created this blog primarily to share my experience in this PLAB journey ,there's been positives and negatives,ups and downs and a lot of lessons along the way.

There aren't many one stop shops for information easily accessible in this life changing journey especially in its new pattern,for example;had someone informed me earlier,I would have taken the UKVI IELTS instead of the normal academic IELTS; that's why i thought to try and contribute my quota for anyone thinking of embarking on this journey

I will try as much as possible to address most concerns and answer most FAQs

Please feel free to post any questions/contributions or suggestions


All content on my blog is only my opinion.It is not advisable to follow me or anyone else blindly.Please cross-check from official websites Please do not use any of my content, without my permission.

Find out about changes to the PLAB exam here Dr William Mante ©2017

PLAB 2

This is an OSCE(objective Structured Clinical Examination)
The format was changed in September 2016.
It now consists of 18 active stations and 2 rest stations (20 stations in all),2 minutes to read the task in front of the station and 8 minutes to perform the actual task making a total of 10 minutes per station and about 3 hours 20 minutes for the exam .

REQUIREMENTS
Valid PLAB 1 pass
IELTS not required

COST
£840 for exam
Transportation cost to and from Manchester
Accommodation cost in Manchester
Cost and accommodation for preparatory class/academy

VENUE
It is only held in MANCHESTER,ENGLAND at the GMC clinical assessment building ,3 Hardman Street

SCHEDULE
held throughout the year,with multiple dates in a month , places however get filled quickly so you have to plan and book fast to secure your desired date.
More information on this can be found here.

SCORING
Each station/scenario is scored over 12 with a passing mark determined for the station after the exam based on the performance…

PLAB 1

This is a 3 hour test which consists of 200 single best answer questions(no negative marking,so attempt every single question)
The passmark varies from sitting to sitting, it is determined by the Angoff method (please find more about this here),but it is usually between 125-130.
It is graded as PASS/FAIL, this means quality of pass doesn't matter so long as you have PASSED

SCHEDULE
it is held 4 times a year in the UK (London only,but GMC will be adding Manchester as a second venue with 225 test places available from September 2017) - in March,June,September and November
You can book up to about 10months before the exam date and this closes a week to the exam date.
There is however a specific number of places for each exam,so once the number is filled,no more places will be available,so please book early once you decide on your exam date

There are number of overseas venues for the plab 1,it is held only twice a year in these venues (March and November),You can book up to 4 weeks be…

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FINANCES FOR PLAB JOURNEY

Besides the academic requirements for the PLAB exam, one important aspect that you can't afford to overlook is the financial demands.
In fact I dare say the financial barrier can be even more daunting than the academic preparation. This is not to scare you off ,your dream of working in the UK is very much achievable.
This post seeks to outline the monetary aspects of the journey so as to help PLABBERS plan well.

IELTS - £200
PLAB 1 course - optional /£300-500
PLAB 1 EXAM FEE - £230
PLAB/BUSINESS VISITOR VISA - £80
PLAB 2 EXAM FEE - £840
PLAB 2 COURSE - £550-650
GMC REGISTRATION - £425
TIER 2 VISA APPLICATION - £587 + HEALTH SURCHARGE OF £200/year

Miscellanous
Food,accommodation and travel including plane tickets and travel within the UK - depends on the individual .

Roughly , one will require about £4000-£5000 for the entire journey.It is important to plan well and factor this into your preparations

Please post any questions,concerns,suggestions or contributions below .

GMC REGISTRATION

After passing PLAB 2, you are now eligible for GMC REGISTRATION.
You will receive an official email from gmc 24-48 hours after results are announced on the gmc website . They will congratulate you and inform you you can register now.
You will need the following documents for FULL registration
Data page of your valid passport with signature
Evidence of completion of Housemanship/internship
Decorative certificate of your primary medical qualification
Valid Academic/UKVI IELTS with required band (at least 7 in each field and 7.5 overall )
Certificate of good standing from any medical council you have been registered with (only valid for 3 months from date of issue so you have to know when to request for it and the processing times).In Ghana it takes about 5 working days to get it which is very good.So you can easily request for it on the day you pass PLAB 2.

The next thing is to log into your gmc online account
Go to my registration and fill up your details.

You will receive another emai…

VISA FOR PLAB

If you don't live in the UK,you will require a visa at a point to complete the PLAB journey.The  good thing is that both the Family Visitor visa and the PLAB(Business Visitor) visa can be used to take the exams. They both now fall under the Standard Visitor visa.
For the PLAB 1 , most people choose to take it in their home countries or nearby countries. For example Indians and Nigerians can take it in their home countries,Ghanaians can travel to nearby Nigeria/Sudan for PLAB 1.However this can only be at the March and November attempt. The June and September exams are only held in the UK.Based on your personal circumstances, you might have to go to the UK and hence will need a visa.
PLAB 2 is only held in Manchester,UK and you will require a visa If you don't reside there .
Just like any endeavour,it is important to plan towards your visa application.
It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to be in employment,be it government or private hospital.
You will require the following documents
Va…

ROADMAP FOR PLAB

The Hardworking and dedicated Dr Naseer has done some good work on this topic so i won't duplicate the information.

please check it out here

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

FACEBOOK GROUPS (PLAB,PLAB 2 - 2017,IMG's in the UK)

IELTS LIZ

www.gmc-uk.org

MR DANIEL MANTE

DR SANDRA DARKO

THE ENTIRE MANTE & DARKO FAMILIES

DR SAMSON CHISI & the entire staff at the SAMSON ACADEMY

DR NASEER KHAN (https://naseersjourney.com)

DR KWABENA BOATENG

DR PIUS BAKAH

DR KAYUMBA

DR PATIENCE KUWORNOO

ALL THE HELPFUL PEOPLE WHO WISHED TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS

UK NARIC

This is an acceptable alternative to the UKVI ACADEMIC IELTS to prove your English proficiency when applying for a Tier 2 visa .
After assessing your qualifications, they will be able to give you an English Language Assessment document as proof of your English language ability as part of your Tier 2 Visa application .

The steps are as follows :
Log on to https://www.naric.org.uk/naric/
Create a log-in account
Choose the RED ROUTE,Visa and Nationality service

You will see online application,click on apply now

Follow the steps and fill the application pages ,personal details,address,nationality,purpose of application(visa) et al
You will need to upload the following documents :
1 Degree Certificate (MBChB,MBBS,BMMS,etc)
2.Academic Transcripts
3.Letter from your university confirming English was the medium of instruction

Once these documents are uploaded,you can proceed to payment (the fee can vary depending on the postage to the part of the world you are ) - £125+VAT

They aim to finish …

ABOUT

I am Dr William Mante, a Medical  Doctor from Ghana,West Africa.
I obtained my MBChB degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology ,School of Medical Sciences in 2013.I proceeded to do my mandatory 2 year housemanship/internship and finished in 2015.
After Housemanship , I was at the crossroads.There was a lot of confusion as to the way forward.
I sought advice from some senior colleagues ,obviously times had changed and the opportunities that were easily available in times past were fading .
ALWAYS BEWARE OF NAYSAYERS AND WET BLANKETS, some people will always try to offload their personal negative experiences,disappointments and failures in life on you.Shun such people and rather surround yourself with people who are POSITIVE minded and MOTIVATED. Trust me,you will need this.
I had to explore my options,whether home or abroad .I researched a lot on PLAB,USMLE,GERMANY,CANADA ,amongst others but first I needed a plan .

Luckily for me a friend showed me an advertise…

IELTS

The IELTS stand for international English language testing system.
It is required for PLAB 1,GMC registration (not a prerequisite for plab 2) and TIER 2 visa application. It tests your proficiency in the English language in 4 areas : Listening,Reading,writing and speaking
Each area is scored from band 0-9 and the average of the 4 areas gives your overall band .

TYPES
various types of IELTS exist.there is the General and academic. You only require the academic module for plab.
There is the simple ACADEMIC and the UKVI ACADEMIC (monitored with CCTV and a little bit more expensive ),it is better to go for the UKVI academic from the get go since it satisfies PLAB,GMC registration and TIER 2 visa application.

CRITERIA
PLAB 1
At least band 7 in each of the 4 areas and at least band 7.5 overall score
PLAB 2
Not required
GMC REGISTRATION
At least band 7 in each of the 4 areas and at least band 7.5 overall score
TIER 2 general visa
Only IELTS UKVI ACADEMIC of at least band 4 in each of the 4 a…

TIER 2 VISA

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

COS
ENGLISH EVIDENCE- UKVI IELTS /UK NARIC
POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE
IOM TB TEST
APPLICATION FORM
MAINTENANCE OR BANK STATEMENT