How to approach for PLAB -1 Exam preparation

How to approach for PLAB -1 Exam preparation
On an average 3 – 6 months for exam preparation are more than enough. It can be bit less or more time according to individual case.

 Doctors who have attempted other exam earlier need less preparation time for this exam. It doesn’t make difference they cleared other exam or no. But they have prepared for that exam and they have knowledge.  Doctors who are not working and can give full time to studies also may not need much time to prepare exam.  Doctors which tough job routine need more time to prepare.  Doctors who are fresh and no clinical experience need more time.  Doctors who are out of practice need more time.  Doctors who are not updated to recent UK Guidelines require more time. Following are points to prepare exam. If these are followed completely then most likely you will make your exam easily.  Assess yourself initially to see where you stand clinically. Best is do some questions test and see what score you get. That will give you an idea how much more efforts you need to crack this exam.  Have a scheduled study plan for duration you have decided for preparation. Follow your timetable strictly. You have to stretch yourself for your career and need to manage time within your circumstances.  If you are weak and you are out of practice then study theory and BCQs practice sideways.  At least manage 5-6 hours per day for studies regularly. Divide 3 hours for theory and 3 hours for BCQs practice.  Don’t give long gaps between your studies.  You don’t need to read theory books from A to Z. Find out your weak topics and read them from oxford handbook as per need.  BCQs are passive way of learning. Don’t try to memorize BCQs. Get an idea from BCQs related to topics. Improve your BCQs solving techniques.  Revise, Recall & Recall is rule to retain knowledge.  If you feel you are weak in theory or you don’t have much background knowledge then start with pass medicine. It has extensive explanation with each BCQ. Read explanation properly and try to memorize explanations to solve further related questions in one go. Pass medicine is good in the sense they keep updating their explanations according to UK guidelines and it is an easy way to get familiar with guidelines as they formulate guidelines in bullet form as per exam requirements.  Then start with Plabable questions pool and keep your BCQs practice with Plabable.  Oxford Handbook of clinical as back up for theory when needed.  You need to do Plabable at least thrice and Pass medicine at least twice before your exam.  Start doing mocks before 1 month of your exam. Timed mocks are very important to manage time in exam. So practice mock with exactly 3 hours time and you must complete mocks at least 30 minutes before the specified time so in exams if you will get difficult questions you can manage time easily.