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Updated: Feb 6, 2021

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  • The ORE is an exam that overseas qualified dentists have to pass in order to register with the GDC

  • This is a 2 part exam- Theory and practical

  • Candidates are allowed up to four attempts at each Part of the ORE. The ORE candidates will have to pass Part 2 within five years of first sitting Part 1.

  • ORE Part 1 is conducted twice a year and Part 2 is conducted 3 – 4 times a year.

  • Documents to read that GDC gives a lot of imp to

  • You can submit your online application at any time of the year, however please note that the form should be sent to the exams team no later than three months after it has been completed and signed.

  • There is no fee payable to the GDC when submitting your completed application.

  • Following the completion of the online application process, you will be issued with a personalised application form to download, print, sign and submit along with your supporting documents.


Clinical experience requirement

  • You must have at least 1600 hours of clinical experience where you have personally treated patients in the dental chair.

    • during your dental degree;

    • during post-qualification experience; or

    • a combination of the two.

  • It could also be undertaken during temporary registration.

  • This cannot include time observing other dentists or assisting other dentists

  • Candidates are required to submit evidence of English language.

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) certificate at the appropriate level. At the least 6.5 in all parts and an overall 7 is the minimum requirement.

  • Sample trial IELTS

Application and Supporting documents

1. Primary dental degree certificate

  • Certified copy of the original certificate. Please provide an affidavit to confirm that you are the holder of the degree.

  • A provisional certificate or certificate of graduation will not be accepted in place of a final degree certificate or diploma.

2. Original NARIC Statement or Certificate of Comparability

  • We may ask for additional information to verify the authenticity of your degree certificate.

3. Passport

  • Certified copy of your current, valid passport.

4. Passport photo

  • You must supply us with a recent passport size photo. If the photograph is not a true likeness to that on your passport, it will need to be certified on the back by a professional (e.g. your referee).

5. Variations in your name

  • If the name in which you are applying for the ORE differs from that on any of the other documents you are sending, you must provide evidence of the legality of your name change, e.g. a marriage certificate. In this instance please send us a certified copy of the original.

6. Medical certificate

  • You must attach supporting medical evidence if you have a condition that requires adjustment(s) during the exams. Please note the GDC may request an updated medical certificate up to five weeks before you take the exam.

7. Evidence of English language

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam score.

  • How to improve your English.

8. Certificate or Letter of Good Standing

  • This is a certificate or letter issued by the dental authority of the country in which you last worked which states that you are legally entitled to practise dentistry in that country and that you have not been suspended, disqualified or prohibited from working as a dentist.

  • You must also send us a Certificate or Letter of Good Standing from the dental authority in the country in which you qualified if this is different to the country in which you last worked or are currently working.

  • An original certificate or letter on letter headed/watermarked paper

  • No more than three months from the date of issue at the time of your application.

9. Translations

  • Any required documents which are not in English.

10.​ Character reference

  • Your character referee must sign the form after you have signed and completed all sections. The date the referee signs must not be earlier than the date you have signed. The referee must be a registered professional and must not be a relative.

11. Clinical experience reference

  • You must provide one or more references, dated no longer than three months ago, to demonstrate you have completed at least 1,600 hours of clinical experience prior to applying for the ORE.

  • Who Can Certify -The person certifying is either a Notary Public, Commissioner of Oaths, Justice of the Peace or another person entitled to practise law or an authorised officer of an embassy or consulate. The name, signature and address of the person certifying are shown on the copy and the person is not a relative.


  • Booking the exam is a very important part of the exams - there are a lot of rules to apply. The exam will be open at a given time, you need to be logged in on the eGDC to register, you can only log in from one device, the session expires if you are open for more than 15 mins, and I hear the slots are all taken in about 1 minute!!! READ INSTRUCTIONS CORRECTLY.

Preparing for Exam

ORE Part 1
  • ORE 1 is a computer-based exam conducted over two 3 hour sessions over 2 days

  • Each paper lasts 3 hours and is made up of multiple short answer questions (Extended Matching Questions and Single Best Answer Questions).

  • You must pass both papers in order to progress to Part 2.

  • Part 1 exam is held at King's College London and costs £806.

  • You will be allowed four attempts for Part 1.

Part A

  • Oral Biology and Biomedical Sciences

  • Human diseases

Part B

  • Ethics, Law and Professionalism

  • Introduction to concepts of clinical dentistry

  • Restorative dentistry

  • Paediatric dentistry

  • Orthodontics

  • Dental public health

  • Oral pathology and microbiology

  • Science of Dental biomaterials

  • Oral surgery

  • Oral medicine

  • Dental imaging and Radiology

ORE Part 2

  • You will be allowed four attempts for Part 2.

  • The current cost of the examination is £2,929 per candidate

  • If you only fail the medical emergencies exercise during the ORE Part 2, you will be able to re-sit this component only at a future exam. Sitting the ME only exam costs £300.

  • The exam usually spread over 5 days with a candidate usually lasting 3, mostly in this order

  • 1st day - OSCE

  • 2nd day - DM

  • 3rd day - ME and DTP

There are four components to Part 2 of the ORE

1. An operative test on a dental manikin (DM)

  • Candidates are required to perform three procedures over a period of three hours.

  • These procedures primarily involve the preparation and restoration of teeth, but may also include other procedures where appropriate simulation can allow assessment of operative skills.

2. An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)

  • This is where candidates visit a series of ‘stations’ which test their clinical skills. These may include history-taking and assessment, communication skills, judgement and decision making, ethics and attitudes, and clinical examination.

  • There will be a maximum of 20 stations and the OSCE lasts 2 hours in total

3. A diagnostic and treatment planning exercise (DTP)

  • This involves an actor who will provide an appropriate history (but will not be examined), together with relevant additional information such as photographs, radiographs, study models or results of other special tests.

  • The exercise may involve any of the above aspects of clinical dentistry.

  • You will have to take a history, do appropriate investigation diagnose, treatment plan and present the case to the patient for consent.

  • This usually lasts 54 minutes

4. A practical examination in medical emergencies (ME)

  • This assessment consists of two parts and it lasts 13 minutes

    • a structured scenario-based oral

    • demonstration of single-handed basic life support. This will include CPR using a resuscitation manikin

My Opinion for preparation

  • I think Part 1 is only a theory exam and you do not need any courses for it. There is a lot of relevant study material in the files section on this FB site ORE UK, for which you have to join the group.

1. OSCE - Practice with a friend and then go for the course as a practice.

2. Dental manikin - I would suggest you do one course.

3. Dental Treatment Planning - Study as a group.

4. Medical Emergency -Hands-on ME course and keep practising at least once a day like u can do it waking up from your sleep!


Courses for ORE

Courses by recognised institutions (for part 1 and Part 2)

3. Royal college of surgeons

Courses by Individuals / Private companies (for part 1 and Part 2)

Disclaimer - I completed my exam in 2005, so all these are people are what I have heard from others and found on research online. Please feel free to comment below about your experiences for others help.

  1. Naseema : I know Naseema personally, a junior from college, but more from a cousin of mine who recently passed the ORE exam and was singing praises of her!

Courses in India - If you know the syllabus well, it may be easier, cheaper and possibly with an option of childcare (for women), so know the exam and expectations - but go for courses in India is an option.

FB groups

The best way to find the latest information and find people in the same boat is on FB


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