What is the ORE?
The ORE is an exam that overseas qualified dentists have to pass in order to register with the GDC. Registration allows dentists to practise unsupervised in the UK.
The ORE tests the clinical skills and knowledge of dentists whose qualifications are not recognised in the UK. Candidates are expected to meet or exceed the standard of a ‘just passed’ UK BDS graduate.
A candidate is expected to be able to show competence, knowledge and familiarity in the different aspects of dentistry.
Both parts of the exam are mapped to learning outcomes and a candidate could be tested on any dentistry aspects in this document.
The exam uses modern assessment methods to ensure a robust and consistent exam. The exam has two parts.
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.
We design and organise the exam, and manage its administration. We appoint dental authorities to run the exam sittings on our behalf.