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Overseas Registration Examination (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.

The exam is based on the UK dental curriculum 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.

King's College London is contracted by the General Dental Council (GDC) to run the ORE Part 1.

ORE Part 1 examination dates:

2 April 2024 – 5 April 2024

12 August 2024 –  15 August 2024


This page is constantly updated.


Once you have received your invitation to sit the ORE Part 1, please contact King's College London Faculty of Dentistry, Oral & Craniofacial Sciences with any queries:

Dentistry Examinations & Assessment

Academic Centre
Floor 18 Tower Wing
Guy's Hospital
London SE1 9RT

ORE Helpdesk:

Tel: 0207 188 8093 (Monday to Friday 10.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 16.00)

Please note that these contact details are intended for use by candidates who need to pass information to the examinations team or to clarify details about their upcoming examination. 

The examinations team cannot provide any additional information about the structure or content of the examinations other than that which is given in the documents on this website. 

Joining instructions which give details of your candidate number, the date and time and location for each of the different parts of your examination will be sent to you a few weeks before the start date.