Written Examination

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The Written Examination is Step 2 of the process.

The ADC Written Examination tests the dental practitioner’s knowledge and clinical judgement.

Written Examinations are conducted twice each year, generally in March and September.

If your application for initial assessment of professional qualifications as a dental practitioner is successful you will receive confirmation of your eligibility to undertake the ADC’s examinations.

If you apply for this examination without completing the ADC initial assessment your Written Examination application will be refused.


Written Examination Dates for 2018

2018 Written Examinations will be held on 5-6 March 2018 and 10-11 September 2018. For further information please refer to Examination Dates.


English Language Requirements

The ADC does not require candidates to meet the English language requirements in order to apply for, or sit, the Written Examination. Please note however that the examination will only be held in English.


Written Examination Handbook

For further information please refer to the  ADC Written Examination Handbook. This handbook contains important information relevant to the Written Examination such as:  

- samples of Multiple Choice Questions
- apply for and withdrawing from an examination
- conduct of the examination
- useful resources
- issuing of results.

Written Examination Booking Policies

Admission Policy

We ask that you arrive at the examination venue at least 45 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.  This will give you adequate time to complete the necessary sign-in procedures. 

You are required to bring evidence of your identity and authorisation to sit the examination. These documents will be checked before you will be allowed to sit the examination. You must present two (2) forms of identification (ID).

Primary ID. Primary ID documents must be government issued with name, recent recognisable photo and signature, such as an International Travel Passport.

Secondary ID. Secondary ID documents must contain either name and a recent, recognisable photograph or name and signature such as a debit/credit card, or driver’s license (if not used as primary ID).

Documents must be original (i.e. no photocopies) and current. Except for International Travel Passports, primary ID documents must be issued by the country in which you are testing. The first and last names that you used to register for the examination must exactly match the first and last names on the ID documents that you present.

If you have any questions about the ID you are required to bring to the examination venue you should contact the ADC. Any exceptions to the ID policy must be pre-approved by the ADC at least two (2) weeks before the examination date.

You will be asked to sign the ADC Candidate Rules Agreement.  No personal items may be taken into the testing room.  This includes all bags, books, notes, phones, pagers, watches and wallets. There can be no exceptions to the requirements on the form unless you have been granted an “accommodation” (special exemption) by the ADC.

Candidates will be required to undertake security checks before entering the examination. The following link demonstrates the kinds of security checks a candidate can expect. https://home.pearsonvue.com/test-taker/security.aspx

If you arrive after your appointment time, you will be refused admission and your examination fees will be forfeited.

Reschedule Policy (Reschedule of Examination Venue)

Once you have made an examination booking, you may request a change of examination venue up to the registration closure date. Changes of venue should be made with Pearson VUE.  You are not permitted to change your examination booking to an alternate date. If you wish to sit the examination at a later date, you must withdraw from the current examination and reapply for the new date. Withdrawal fees will apply.

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to withdraw from an examination you must contact the ADC directly and withdrawal fees apply.

If you withdraw from an examination after your application has been processed, but before booking your examination seat with Pearson VUE, you will be liable for an administration fee of 20% of your examination fee.

If you withdraw from a booked examination up to two (2) weeks before the examination date you will be eligible to receive a 50% refund of the examination fee. If you withdraw within two (2) weeks of the examination date you are not entitled to a refund unless your withdrawal is due to illness and is supported by a medical certificate, in which case you may be eligible for a 50% refund.

Please visit the ADC website for more details of the withdrawal process and withdrawal fees. Pearson VUE cannot process candidate withdrawals.

Examination Venues

The ADC Written Examination is offered in multiple locations across Australia and overseas.

Delivery of the examination is via Pearson VUE.

Please note: due to U.S. sanctions Pearson VUE is unable to provide examination delivery services to residents of Syria unless the candidate can provide proof of primary residency outside of a sanctioned country. If you are a resident of Syria, you should contact the ADC for more information prior to submitting an application for the ADC Written Examination.

Below is a list of the venues typically available. A confirmed list of venues will be available when you receive your Authority to Test email from Pearson VUE.



Buenos Aires




















Hong Kong




















New Delhi




New Zealand








Saudi Arabia






South Africa


Sri Lanka





Abu Dhabi


Al Ain







Please note the following when booking your venue with Pearson VUE:

  • candidates residing outside Australia may take the Written Examination at one of the nominated international venues
  • venue may change due to unexpected site closures or circumstances outside the control of ADC or Pearson VUE



Examination Results

The results of the Written Examination will be published on the ADC Candidate Portal. The publication of results on the ADC website will normally be done within six (6) weeks of the examination.

Results will not be released by telephone, fax or email.


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