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Table 5 The number of international medical graduates that would be excluded (n = 21,329 doctors in total; 176 censured) under a variety of hypothetical restrictions on the number of attempts at the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) test

From: Predicting fitness to practise events in international medical graduates who registered as UK doctors via the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) system: a national cohort study

Number of attempts at PLAB Part 2 permitted
No. of allowable attempts at PLAB Part 1 1 2 3 4
1 79: 9479 (120) 61: 5917 (97) 57: 5364 (94) 56: 5274 (94) 56: 5260 (94)
2 60: 6820 (114) 36: 2555 (71) 28: 1875 (67) 27: 1769 (66) 27: 1752 (65)
3 53: 6052 (114) 24: 1531 (64) 15: 799 (53) 14: 683 (49) 14: 666 (48)
4 45: 5770 (128) 13: 1152 (89) 3: 400 (133) 2: 278 (1139) 2: 260 (130)
45: 5599 (124) 12: 914 (76) 1: 144 (144) 0: 18 (NA) 0: 0 (NA)
  1. The values represent the ratio of censured to uncensured doctors excluded. The NNR ratio is in parentheses