2. Written examination - The Australian Dental Council

Dentist assessments

2. Written examination


The written examination is the second stage of the dental practitioner assessment process. It determines you ‘know how’ to practise dentistry in Australia by assessing your:

  • Knowledge of the science and practice of dentistry, and
  • Clinical judgement and reasoning skills relevant to dental practice in Australia.

We deliver the written examination in partnership with Pearson VUE at various test centres around the world. It is held twice a year, usually in March and September.

You should carefully read the Written handbook for general dentistry (PDF, 761KB) for a comprehensive overview of the written examination format and requirements.

We do not recommend or endorse any proprietary or informal courses advertising as preparation for the written examination. These courses are developed and run without ADC input. We cannot be held responsible for the quality of training or advice provided through these courses.

Eligibility: Successful, valid initial assessment
Timeframe: 5 months from application period to results release (approximately)

$2,060 AUD
$2,122 AUD for examinations delivered from 1 July 2024

Validity: 3 years
Period 1
Initial assessment deadline

18 October 2023

Application period

29 November – 12 December 2023

Examination date

Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 March 2024

Period 2
Initial assessment deadline

24 April 2024

Application period

5 – 18 June 2024

Examination date

Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 September 2024


2.1 Apply for a written examination place

To sit the written examination, you must:

  • have a valid initial assessment with an expiry date later than the written examination date, and
  • meet the eligibility requirements of the advertised examination dates.

If you meet the eligibility requirements a written examination application link will appear on your ADC Connect profile when the application period opens.

Follow the instructions to complete your application and pay the associated application fee. Once payment is processed you will receive an email to confirm your application has been received. Your ADC Connect profile will also be updated confirming your written examination.

2.2 Book a written examination venue

In the weeks following your successful application you will receive an Authorisation to Test email from Pearson VUE. This email outlines when you can log into the system to book your examination venue.

You must book your examination venue during the booking period. You must select the same venue for both examination days. Once booked, you can change your examination venue via Pearson VUE while the booking period is open. Please note that this is subject to availability.

If you have problems logging into the Pearson VUE system or booking your examination contact Pearson VUE immediately.

Pearson VUE has a detailed list of the venues used for the written examination. Some venues have limited capacity and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Venues are subject to change at short notice.

You will receive an email from Pearson VUE confirming the time, location, and requirements for your examination once your booking is complete. Pearson VUE will issue a reminder email seven days before the examination.

Please note: Testing centres have capacity limits. In some cases you may be required to travel outside your home country to sit the written examination.

2.3 Sit your written examination

The written examination is a computer-delivered, multiple-choice question examination held over two days. All equipment and supplies you need to complete the examination are provided by the venue.

You are required to follow the terms of the Candidate Rules Agreement (PDF, 58KB) during the written examination.

You must bring two forms of ID as authorisation to sit the examination. You may present either:

  • two forms of Primary ID, or
  • one form of Primary ID and one form of Secondary ID.

More information about ID types is available in the Written handbook for general dentistry (PDF, 761KB) and on the Pearson VUE website.

2.4 Receive your written examination results

Your written examination results will be released via your ADC Connect profile approximately six weeks after your examination date.

A pass in the written examination is valid for three years and there are no limits on the number of times you can attempt the examination.

More information about how the written examination is graded is available in the Written handbook for general dentistry (PDF, 761KB).

Dentist assessment stages


1. Initial assessment



2. Written examination



3. Practical examination