Overseas Registration Exam

​The overseas registration exam (ORE)

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 practice dentistry unsupervised in the UK.
The ORE tests the clinical skills and knowledge of dentists from outside the European Economic Area 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 which are outlined in the learning outcomes in the GDC’s document ‘Preparing for Practice’ (PfP). Both parts of the exam are mapped to learning outcomes and a candidate could be tested on any dentistiry aspects in this document.

The exam is based on the ‘Preparing for Practice’ (PfP) and uses modern assessment methods to ensure a robust and consistent exam. The exam has two parts:
Part 1 is a written exam.
Part 2 is a clinical exam.
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.

Should I apply for the ORE?

Most applicants whose primary qualification is from outside the EEA will be required to sit the ORE. Exempt persons are entitled to individual assessment, although this is not a guaranteed route to registration. 

Please visit the Route to Registration page and complete the questionnaire to see if you should take the ORE.

Working in the UK

The Home Office has removed the categories of ‘employed dental practitioner’, 'employed dental assistant' and ‘vocational dental practitioner’ from the list of UK shortage occupations.

We advise overseas-qualified (non-EEA) dentists who wish to take the ORE to investigate the employment opportunities available to them on registration. If you pass the ORE you may need to do up to a year’s Vocational Training (VT) in order to work for the NHS.

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