ADC Examinations

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ADC Examinations (All information from the ADC)

1. Initial assessment - This involves the assessment of documents including professional qualifications, work experience, registration history, and good standing to determine eligibility to sit the written examination. It approximately takes 8 weeks and costs AUD $610

2. The written examination is designed to test knowledge of the science and practise of dentistry and assess the application of clinical judgement and reasoning skills relevant to a dental practice in Australia.

The examination is held over two days and consists of four, 80 question, multiple-choice examination papers. The two-day examination is delivered by Pearson VUE on behalf of the ADC takes approximately five months and costs AUD $2,000.

This include 4 papers:

Paper1-Endodontic Conservative dentistry also dental materials


Paper3-Oral & maxillofacial surgery,infection control ,pharmacology , emergencies in dentistry & medical condition.

Paper 4-Periodontology orthodontics pedodontics & community dentistry

3.The practical examination assesses candidates across the range of the Entry-level competencies of the newly qualified dentist. The competencies can be viewed here. The examination is held over two days; a technical skills day and a clinical skills day. Examinations are held most weeks of the year at the ADC examination centre. Upon successful completion of the practical examination, candidates are eligible to apply for registration with the Dental Board of Australia (DBA).

You should carefully read the Practical examination handbook for dentists for a comprehensive description of the format and requirements of the practical examination. It takes approximately six to nine months and cost: AUD $4,500

Check the video on the website about the exam and venue.

It has two main components: Both components are designed, using simulated clinical settings, to allow you the opportunity to demonstrate skills relevant to everyday clinical practice.

  • Technical skills day - focuses on the demonstration of procedural restorative skills on typodont models in a manikin You are required to complete six tasks on prepared, standardised typodont models in manikin heads. The manikin heads are mounted on clinically realistic simulation units. You will be provided with a task list at the beginning of the technical skills day. This list will outline all the procedures required to be undertaken for that day, including tooth numbers, tooth surfaces and a designated practice tooth. All technical tasks must be completed on the technical skills day. Adequate time is available during the session to allow for all tasks to be completed.

  • Example of tasks as a guide, a technical day examination may consist of tasks requiring:

• the preparation of a carious tooth/teeth • the restoration of a prepared tooth/teeth with resin composite • the restoration of a prepared tooth/teeth with amalgam • the preparation and/or temporisation of a tooth/teeth to receive an indirect restoration(s) • an endodontic procedure.

  • Clinical skills day - assesses a broader range of clinical skills using a station-based objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) format. During the clinical skills day, you are required to complete a ten-stations Each station is set up in a designated room with a different task relating to a clinical scenario or clinical skill demonstration. Tasks may include the use of standardised simulated patients, video-based scenarios, procedures on manikins and/or other related resources.

  • Some stations may have an assessor present in the room to directly observe the whole task, or you may be required to undertake a task without an assessor present and this task will be marked after the examination. Upon entry, you will be provided with detailed instructions and information for that station. You will have a designated period of reading time upon entering a station. You will be notified when the examination period starts and finishes. An examinations team member will coordinate the movement of candidates between stations and you will be directed when to move stations and which station to move to next.

  • Example tasks As a guide

• taking a history from a simulated patient

• explaining a diagnosis and management plan to a simulated patient

• establishing a risk profile for a simulated patient

• communicating a health promotion strategy to a simulated patient

• managing a medical emergency in a simulated environment

• taking intra-oral radiographs for a given clinical situation

• designing a partial denture for a given clinical situation

• placing rubber dam for a given clinical situation.

  • Detailed explanation on the expectation of the exam and sample questions are given in the handbook