What Is The ORE and Why You Shouldn’t Worry About it.

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The ORE stands for the Overseas Registration Exam. It is required only for qualified overseas dentists who have to pass to be registered with the GDC and therefore to be granted the ability to work in the UK. This exam applies to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

The ORE aims to examine the theoretical knowledge as well as clinical skills of dentists, who are expected to meet the standard of a UK Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS).

The exam is divided into two parts. The first one is theoretical and the second – more so practical.

After successfully passing part 1, candidates are expected to sit part 2 in the next five years. This means that you would have a lot of time to prepare both theoretically and clinically as during those years you’ll be working full-time.

Candidates are also allowed a total of 4 attempts to take each part, but usually, everyone passes from the first time.

Part 1 of the ORE takes place two times a year, usually in April and August in King’s College, London.

For part 2, there are three examination dates per year, usually in January, April and September.



Should you decide to sit the ORE you have to fill a straightforward application form consisting of:


  • Your details;
  • Primary qualifications;
  • Supporting documents and certificates;
  • Character reference;
  • Clinical experience reference;
  • Equality monitoring form (Gender, Ethnicity, Marital status etc.).

Character reference requires you to have a referee, a doctor, a dentist or a lawyer who’s known you for at least 12 who will vouch for you in a personal statement. One of our doctors could, of course, stand as your referee and help you with this process.

The clinical experience reference has to be filled by a referee or referees to verify your clinical experience. This is to demonstrate that you meet the required 1600 hours of, which is nothing more than six months.

You are also expected to verify your English proficiency with one of the following:


  • Primary dental qualification taught and examined in English (all of our universities are taught in English);
  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS);
  • Experience of practising in a country where the native language is English
  • Pass of any other accepted language test (Cambridge exams, etc.).




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Part 1:

Designed to test candidates’ basic theoretical knowledge of dental practice. It’s divided into two computer tests:


  • Paper 1 covers the clinical aspect of dental science (human diseases, fractures etc.);
  • Paper 2 covers other aspects such as ethics, safety and health.

Medlink students are all dentists, doctors and students themselves and can provide you with all the information and material to ace this exam from th

The price of sitting part 1 is £800.e first time. We’ve never had a student who failed it,

When you pass both papers, you will be eligible to sit Part 2.


Part 2:

This one is divided into three practical based components:


  • A test on a dental manikin;

This test consists of three procedures under the span of three hours. These mainly assess the restoration and preparation of teeth.


  • A diagnostic and treatment planning exercise;

You will be presented with an actor along with relevant information such as radiographs, special tests and models.


  • Clinical examination assessment.

This examination will test your history-taking, communication, judgement and decision-making skills.


Pass rates:

According to statistics on average, more than 80% of applicants pass both parts of the ORE, while more than 50% of them pass with a good or an excellent grade. What’s more, Medlink students can provide you with all the information you need to pass it from the first time and never worry about it. So far, all of our students who have decided to go back to work in the UK have passed the exam without a problem.

Should you decide to go back to work or specialise in the UK Medlink students will guide you through the whole process and provide you with preparation material to ace the exam. You don’t need to worry about failing it since as all of our students that have sat the test have passed and are now working in the UK as certified dentists.

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(7) Comments

  • Jaskaran January 4, 2020 @ 9:12 am

    Need information on ore 1

    • Dr. Dhinahar Sundararaj July 14, 2020 @ 8:45 am

      I am an orthodontist qualified in India with years of clinical experience. I am now moving to the UK and will be purchasing a dental practice. I am looking into to complete the ORE exams to be able to work as a dentist. I am looking for a structured online training to help me through the exams .

      • Medlink Students July 14, 2020 @ 2:13 pm

        Hello Dr. Dhinahar! Unfortunately, we cannot help you with training for the exam but we are sure that there are agencies who can.

  • Usha kharel January 22, 2020 @ 2:27 pm

    I need to know more about the examination and materials to study from.

  • Orlando De Castro June 8, 2020 @ 6:41 pm

    I have studied in dominican republic Im a dentist but I studied in spanish language I just wanted to know if I can apply for the ore?

    • Medlink Students June 11, 2020 @ 7:02 am

      Hello Orlando! Please submit an enquiry here so you can discuss this with one of our experts.

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