Dear General Medical Council,

I have seen that in 2010 someone requested about the appeal and there after there is no information,
I have a few question to ask,
1. Plab 1 appeal, why is that an answer sheet is not rechecked or remarked again?
2. When you say plab 1 appeal is it just the clerical work, if so what that exactly means? So is it marked by the computer and the score is counted and transferred manually?
3. For the cost of 47 pounds, why the answer sheet is not provided to the pupil for a peace of mind so they can actually witness their own marks,
4. How sure are you in correcting the paper that it might not get mixed up with another answer sheet or wrong name into another mark sheet again it might be a technical fault.
5. Is there anyone appealed in 2018/2019 and is there anyone’s score changed from a fail to pass,

Thank you in advance

Yours faithfully,
Dr Siva

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FOI, General Medical Council

Dear Dr Siva,

 

Your information request – IR1-2678867682

Thank you for your email dated 23 April, in which you ask for information
in relation to the marking and appeals of PLAB 1 exams.

 

How we will consider your request

We’re going to consider your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA). The FOIA gives us 20 working days to respond, but we’ll come
back to you as soon as we can.

 

Who to contact

Matt McCoig-Lees will be handling your request. If you have any questions
you can contact him via email at [1][email address].

 

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic outbreak we are currently operating at
reduced capacity. It may therefore take us longer to respond to your
request. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lauren Barrowcliffe

Information Access Team Assistant

 

[email address]

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

 

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Matthew McCoig-Lees (0161 923 6579), General Medical Council

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Dear Dr Siva

 

I write further to previous correspondence with a response under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

I have written out the questions you have asked below (edited somewhat)
and provided a response with each.

 

Why don’t we offer a fundamental remarking of Plab 1 instead or as well as
a clerical check?

 

PLAB 1 is marked by Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) software, and the
software highlights any inconsistency/uncertainty for human checking –
there are also checks on the overall marking process to make sure it has
run correctly – there is no evidence to indicate our marking is inaccurate
- so there is little value in a fundamental remark.

 

What are the mechanics of the clerical check?

 

We check the candidate’s first and last ten answers by checking a scanned
copy of their mark sheet against our results file  We do a further visual
check of the mark sheet to make sure there are no unusual marks on the
candidate’s answer paper that may have been picked up during scanning.

 

Why don’t we provide the answers and/or exam scripts to the candidate
after the exam?

 

To protect the integrity of the exam – material is reused and therefore
cannot be made available to individuals, as we cannot control what an
individual will do with it.

 

How do we ensure that we don’t mix up the results between candidates and
avoid technical marking errors?

 

Papers have a unique code to match them to an individual – checks are also
completed to make sure the process has worked correctly – again, no
evidence to suggest our marking is inaccurate.

 

How many clerical checks were there from Jan 1 2018 to date, how many had
marks changed and how many resulted in a candidate who had failed, passing
the exam?

 

504 checks were carried out based on the number of fees paid for checks.
No check resulted in a failed paper being changed as a pass.

 

I hope you find this helpful. If you have further questions about PLAB, I
would suggest you contact [1][email address] as they are best placed
to respond to questions which need a novel answer, rather than providing
archived information.

 

If you have any comments on how I have handled your request please email
[GMC request email].

 

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Kind Regards

 

Matt

 

Matthew McCoig-Lees

Information Access Officer

Information Access Team

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

Email: [2][email address]

Website: [3]www.gmc-uk.org

Tel: 0161 923 6579

 

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From: FOI
Sent: 27 April 2020 15:25
To: '[FOI #660357 email]'
<[FOI #660357 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Regarding Plab 1 exam appeal

 

Dear Dr Siva,

 

Your information request – IR1-2678867682

Thank you for your email dated 23 April, in which you ask for information
in relation to the marking and appeals of PLAB 1 exams.

 

How we will consider your request

We’re going to consider your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA). The FOIA gives us 20 working days to respond, but we’ll come
back to you as soon as we can.

 

Who to contact

Matt McCoig-Lees will be handling your request. If you have any questions
you can contact him via email at [5][email address].

 

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic outbreak we are currently operating at
reduced capacity. It may therefore take us longer to respond to your
request. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lauren Barrowcliffe

Information Access Team Assistant

 

[6][email address]

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

 

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