All You Need to Know About ORE For Dentists

The Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) is an exam that overseas qualified dentists have to pass in order to get the registration which will allows them to practice unsupervised in the UK. The ORE tests the clinical skills and knowledge of dentists whose qualifications are not recognized in the UK. 

A candidate is expected to be able to show competence, knowledge and familiarity in the different aspects of dentistry. The standards of conduct, performance and ethics required are described in GDC Standards for the dental team. This blog covers all the major points which you need to know about ORE for dentists. 


  • ORE Requirements
  • ORE Exam Dates
  • ORE Exam Covers
  • ORE Exam Parts
  • ORE Passing Rates
  • Time for ORE Exam
  • ORE Examination Results
  • Location and Fee
  • Apply for ORE Examination
  • Number of Attempts
  • ORE Exam Sitting
  • After Passing ORE Part 2 Exam
  • FAQs

ORE Requirements

Before applying for ORE, you need to make sure you meet GDC clinical experience and English language requirement. The following evidence should be with you:

Clinical experience requirement

You must have at least 1600 hours of clinical experience where you have personally treated the patients. The number of hours of this clinical experience will either be hours spent undertaking appropriate investigations and administering dental treatment:

– during your dental degree;
– during post-qualification experience; or
– Both of above.

English language requirement

For the purpose of the ORE, dentists are required to submit evidence of English language. The following types are acceptable: 

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 practicing in a country where the first and native language is English.

ORE Exam Dates

2022 ORE Part 1 

– 5 April – 8 April 2022
 – 2 August – 5 August 2022

2022 ORE Part 2

 – 27 January – 30 January 2022
 – 21 April – 24 April 2022
 – 15 September – 18 September 2022

ORE Exam Covers

ORE Examination tests you on the following areas: 

– Applied dental science 
– Clinically applied human disease
– Clinical dentistry
– Law and ethics 
– Health and safety

ORE Exam Parts

The Exam itself consists of two part exam papers;

ORE Part 1

Part 1 is designed to test candidates’ application of knowledge to clinical practice. It consists of two computer-based exam papers:

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.

ORE Part 2

Part 2 is designed for candidates to demonstrate practical clinical skills. There are four components to Part 2 of the ORE;

Test on a Dental Manikin (DM) This involves the preparation and restoration of teeth, but may also include other procedures where appropriate simulation can allow assessment of operative skills.

OSCE Exam This includes history-taking and assessment, communication skills, judgement and decision making, ethics and attitudes, and clinical examination.

Test on Diagnostic and Treatment Planning (DTP) This involves an appropriate history, together with relevant additional information such as photographs, radiographs, study models or results of other special tests.

Test on Medical Emergencies (ME) This exam 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

ORE Passing Rates

ORE part 1 general pass percentage is above 70-80% per attempt.

ORE part 2 general pass percentage in below 35% per attempt.

Time For ORE Exam

The Time schedule for ORE Examination is as;

ORE Part 1 both of the paper lasts three hours and is made up of multiple short answer questions (extended matching questions and single best answer questions).

ORE Examination Results

Your exam results will be sent to you by email within 20 working days of the examination.

The result will be compose of percentage mark out of 100 for Paper 1 and for Paper 2, as well as an overall pass or fail award. As the examination is taken at a computer, the results are calculated as soon as you click ‘submit’. 

Location and Fee

ORE part 1 

This examinations is carried out at King’s College, London in April and August. The current fee for this exam part is £806 per candidate.

ORE Part 2

This examination is done with the Royal College of Surgeons and Eastman Dental Institute. The current cost of the examination is £2,929 per candidate.

Apply for ORE Examination

Dentists seeking registration in the UK should ensure they have read and understand the requirements for registering as a dentists in the UK before starting the application process. You can register yourself by following the route of registration provided by GDC.

Number of Attempts

Each candidate is allowed up to four attempts on each of the two parts of the ORE exam and they are expected to take part two of the ORE exam within 5 days of passing ORE part 1. The first part is a written exam while the next part is a practical exam. 

If you only fail the Medical Emergencies (ME) exercise during the ORE Part 2 , you will be able to re-sit this component only at a future exam. ME exam will be held at the same time as the full Part 2 exam.

ORE Exam Sitting

There are a maximum of 200 places per exam sitting for ORE Part 1. While for a maximum of 144 candidates can take Part 2 in one sitting.

After Passing ORE Part 2 Exam

Once you have passed Part 2, you will be able to apply for registration with the GDC. For further information, please visit after you have passed.


Q: Useful books when studying for the ORE?

Here is the list of the useful books which will be a great help in your preparation for ORE Exam.

Q: Need of foundation training?

Dentists cannot be included in a Area Team (AT) dental list unless they have either completed a period of Foundation Training or have acquired experience and training that may be regarded as equivalent of such training or are within one of the specified categories of exemption from FT requirements.

The Area Team is responsible for deciding if an applicant’s experience is ‘equivalent’ to that received during Foundation Training. As of April 2006 the functions of the DVTA were taken over by the Business Services Agency (BSA). 

Q: Can apply for ORE with provisional degree on test day? 

If you have recently completed your internship or are still in the internship program, you can not apply for the ORE with your provisional degree. You can only apply for the ORE with your absolute final degree from the university.

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