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Overseas Registration Exam

The Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) is an exam that overseas qualified dentists have to pass in order to register with the GDC. Registration allows dentists to practice dentistry unsupervised in the UK.

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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 from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) whose qualifications are not eligible for full registration with the GDC here 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:

 

Part 1 is a written exam

Part 1 is designed to test application of knowledge to clinical practice.

Find out more about Part 1

Part 2 is a clinical exam

Part 2 is designed for candidates to demonstrate practical clinical skills.

Find out more about Part 2

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.

ORE results

Results are available here after you have been informed of your individual results.

Find out the latest ORE exam results
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Should I apply for the ORE?

Visit our  Route to Registration page and complete the questionnaire to see if you should take the ORE.

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Working in the UK

Overseas-qualified (non-EEA) dentists who pass the ORE may need to do up to a year’s Vocational Training (VT) in order to work for the NHS.