Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Saudi Licensing Exam for General Practitioners: Resources to Help You Succeed

So, I've been getting a lot of questions from doctors who wished to know how to prepare for the Saudi Licensing Exam. Instead of responding to each individual email, I thought it would be time-saving to respond to most of the questions that I typically get.

What is the Saudi Licensing Exam (SLE)?

The SLE is a one-step examination for healthcare professionals in Saudi Arabia. Physicians who wish to practice in the kingdom have to take the exam in order to be registered with the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties. While some physicians have been reported to practice without sitting for the SLE, the exam is mandatory for those who wish to join a residency programme in Saudi Arabia or for those who earned their medical degrees out of the kingdom to ensure that they have achieved the appropriate standards and criteria to practice in the kingdom.

The exam for general practice consists of 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs) from the following areas:

- Internal medicine (25 questions)
- Family medicine (15 questions)
- Ophthalmology (3 questions)
- Gynaecology/obstetrics (10 questions)
- Paediatrics (15 questions)
- General surgery (15 questions)
- Orthopaedics (3 questions)
- Ear, nose, and throat (3 questions)
- Basic sciences (3 questions)
- Psychiatry (5 questions)
- Dermatology (3 questions)

It is considered an easy exam to pass, but candidates need to put in more work to get high scores. The passing grade for the SLE is 50%, but you should aim for a much higher grade (>75%) if you wish to increase your chances of joining a postgraduate programme.


Anecdotal reports from interns and general practitioners suggest that the questions are recycled. This said, it might help to revise previous exam questions. A few books currently on the market are great for the exam:

SLE Made Easy: Saudi License Examination by Dr. Yasser Albrahim

Where to purchase: Amazon 

Format: Electronically delivered as a .mobi file on Kindle or any device (PC or tablet) that accepts Kindle

This 769-page long book contains over 1,300 MCQ, including answers and explanations, to help students understand concepts instead of them just practising to memorise answers to questions.

Comprehensive Review for Saudi License Examination (SLE) by Dr Yahia M Al-Khaldi.

Price: 26.66 USD (100 SAR)

Where to purchase: Jarir Bookstore (either online or at a physical store in your area)

Format: Paperback

This 306-page long book contains more than 1,200 MCQs, with answers provided by the author.

Other helpful books

Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine by Murray Longmore, Ian Wilkinson, Andrew Baldwin, and Elizabeth Wallin

Price: 39.49 USD (148.13 SAR) for the Kindle version and 46.81 USD (175.59 SAR) for the flexibound version

Where to purchase: Amazon and Jarir Bookstore

Format: Kindle and flexibound

First Aid for the USMLE Step 3 by Tao Le, Vikas Bhushan, James Yeh, and Kachiu Lee

Price: 33.08 USD (124.07 SAR) for the Kindle version and 42.32 USD (158.73 SAR) for the paperback version

Where to purchase: Amazon and Jarir Bookstore

Format: Kindle and paperback

How to Register for the SLE

To register for the exam, you need to visit the offices of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS). They have offices in several cities of the kingdom. You can visit their website for information on how to register and the location of testing centres, both within and outside Saudi Arabia.

The SCFHS warns all candidates on their website not to submit fraudulent degrees when registering for the exam, as they check all certificates submitted to the council. Frauds risk a jail term and a permanent ban from Saudi if caught.

Have you taken the SLE? If yes, please share your experience below. And for first-time takers of the exam, I wish you all the best!


  1. Can a fresher MBBS from India sit for the Saudi License exam or is any experience required? I have 3 years hospital experience spread over 12 years.

  2. Previously, fresh graduates and GPs who had experience in their home countries had to complete an internship of at least 3-6 months at a Saudi-based hospital. However, I have encountered a few fresh graduates who took the SLE without fulfilling the internship requirement. You might want to visit the offices of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties in your region to find out more.

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  7. Hi
    Admin please confirm the validity of SLE is now five years or three years.
    Actually today in the office of scfhs some one said me that it is now 5 years instead of 3 years

  8. As far as I know it is 3 years for expats and longer for nationals. But I'm not sure whether the SCFHS has made changes, so the best place where you could have had confirmation was at their offices.

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  12. hello,
    how does one register for this exam?

    1. Hi! Please visit this link to learn more: http://www.scfhs.org.sa/en/education/HighEduExams/E-ExamsRegistration/Pages/BarometricReg.aspx

  13. Salam
    I'm from Pakistan.
    I've 1year experience after internship.
    Can I apply for MOH exam.
    Kindly help me in this regard.

    1. A few years ago physicians were required to have experience within Saudi Arabia, irrespective of whether they had completed their internship or had experience in their home countries. Now, it seems it is no longer a requirement and you can just compile the necessary documents and register for the exam. For more information, it would help to visit the SCFHS in your area.


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