Overseas registration exam FAQs
What does ORE stand for?
Who is required to sit the ORE?
Dentists who hold a non-UK primary dental qualification that is not a recognised overseas diploma or relevant European Diploma - V.3. Annex V of Directive 2005/36/EC at 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020 will be required to pass the ORE before being able to register with the GDC.
Swiss Dentists who do not hold such qualifications may be eligible to have their degree assessed on an individual basis. This is known as Individual Assessment: however, you should be aware that this is not a guaranteed route to registration and unsuccessful applicants are required to sit the ORE. Further information is available to help you find your route to registration
What are the fees for the ORE?
Will there be a time limit in which I have to complete the exam?
How many centres run the exam?
How many times can I sit each Part? What are the options if I fail four times?
What does Part 1 of the ORE cover?
- Paper A covers clinically applied dental science and clinically applied human disease
- Paper B covers aspects of clinical dentistry, including law and ethics and health and safety
What does Part 2 of the ORE cover?
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. For more information visit our Part 2 page.
This is where candidates visit a series of ‘stations’ which test their clinical skills. These may include history-taking and assessment, communication skills (such as an explanation of problems and treatment plans), judgement and decision making, ethics and attitudes, and clinical examination. The series of stations may cover aspects of the following: behavioural sciences, human disease, law, ethics and professionalism, clinical dentistry, restorative dentistry, paediatric dentistry, orthodontics, preventive dentistry, dental public health, comprehensive oral care, oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology and oral microbiology, dental radiology and imaging. For more information visit our Part 2 page.
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. For more information visit our Part 2 page).
This assessment consists of two parts:
a structured scenario-based oral.
demonstration of single handed basic life support. This will include cardiopulmonary resuscitation using a resuscitation manikin.
Is there a syllabus for the ORE?
What preparation material will I be provided with?
Are there any training or refresher courses for the ORE?
Can I get any exemptions for having done the MFDS or any other Membership diplomas or non-Membership exams?
When can I apply for the exam?
What documents do I have to submit?
- An application form completed in all parts. The clinical reference must be written or typed onto the application form and signed in person, by the referee, and should not be sent as a separate letter.
- An original Certificate of Current Professional Status (CCPS) that must be no older than three months on the day the application is received by the GDC. If there is a one year gap between ORE sittings, you will need to submit a new CCPS.
- Evidence of knowledge of the English language. Please visit our English language controls page.
- A certified copy of a primary dental degree recognised for the purpose of the exam *
- A certified copy of a current, valid passport *
- One recent passport-size photograph.
- ENIC statement.
Will I have to submit any health documents?
What is the English language requirement for the ORE?
- An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) certificate at the appropriate level.
- A recent primary dental qualification that has been taught and examined in English.
- A recent pass in a language test for registration with a regulatory authority in a country where the first and native language is English.
- Recent experience of practising in a country where the first and native language is English.
How long will it take for an application to be processed?
Will my documents be checked?
What will happen if my application for the ORE is rejected?
How long does it take to complete the whole exam process?
Once my correctly completed application has been checked and approved, how long will I have to wait to book a place on Part 1 of the ORE?
How does the GDC allocate places on the exam?
What happens if I choose not to book an available exam?
When do I need to pay fees for an exam?
Can I appeal against my result?
Can I raise a complaint about my exam?
Where can I get information on postgraduate study?
What sort of visa do I need to sit the exam?
The functions of the GDC are separate from those in charge of administering visas. Therefore, we are unable to advise on visas. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that they are permitted to be in the UK to take the exam that they are booked on to. For information on visas and entry to the UK, please contact the UK Visas and Immigration.
If you make payment for an exam and then are unable to obtain a visa, please be aware that you will not be refunded your fees. It is your responsibility to ensure that you can obtain a visa before you make payment for an exam.
Can a candidate work in the UK as a dentist while waiting to complete the ORE?
To practice in the UK you must be appropriately registered. An option is temporary registration. Please be aware that posts available under temporary registration are limited and there is also a high demand for these posts.
For information and advice on employment in UK dentistry, you may wish to contact the British Dental Association.