Written examination questions

How do I apply for a written examination?

To apply for a written examination, you must have successfully completed the initial assessment process.

You can apply for a written examination during a written examination application period. This time period will be advertised on the ADC website in the lead-up to a written examination.

You should submit a completed Written examination application form and return it during this period together with the required payment. The ADC will advise if you are eligible to sit the written examination once all the required elements are received and assessed.

Applications without payment will not be processed.

What happens if I am late for my examination?

You should aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before the recommended arrival time on your advice letter.

Candidates arriving after the examination start time will not be admitted into the examination venue and will automatically receive a fail grade for that paper.

When are the results of the written exam released?

Please allow up to six weeks for the results of the written examination to be released.

For general dentistry candidates, written examination results will be released via the candidate portal. Results are not released via phone or email.

For dental hygiene, dental therapy, combined dental hygiene/dental therapy and dental prosthetist, candidates results will be sent via email.

How is the written examination graded?

You must sit and pass all papers set for that examination in order to pass the written examination.

Grades A, B and C are pass grades while D and E are fail grades.

When I try to log onto the candidate portal to get my results I get a message saying I have provided an invalid username. What should I do?

If you are a new user, the candidate portal will not recognise your username until the written examination results have been released.

We recommend you try logging into the candidate portal at a later stage.

Examination results are released approximately six weeks after the written examination and your username should be recognised within this timeframe.

If the issue continues after results have been released, please contact the ADC.

I failed my recent examination. Can I get more feedback on my performance?

The ADC provides written examination results to candidates in the form of a candidate results profile. The ADC does not provide more detailed post-examination feedback to candidates.

How long is my successful written examination valid for?

Successful completion of the written examination is valid for up to three years.

How can I change the location of the written examination?

If you are sitting the general dentistry written examination, you can change your venue at any time before the closing date of the examination booking period, subject to availability. This can be done via the Pearson VUE website or contacting the Pearson VUE call centre.

You do not need to notify the ADC of your change of venue.

How do I withdraw from the written examination?

If you wish to withdraw from a written examination, you must submit a Notification of withdrawal from an ADC examination form directly to the ADC, in hard copy.

The form can be downloaded here

If your date of examination is imminent, you may submit your form via email and subsequently post your completed form and supporting documentation to the ADC. A withdrawal is considered confirmed upon receipt of hard copies of all required forms and documentation via post.

Once received, your withdrawal will be processed and, if applicable, a partial refund will be made to the credit card previously used for payment. Please allow seven days for money to be refunded to your credit card.

Pearson VUE cannot process candidate withdrawals.

I’ve withdrawn from my written exam. Can I reschedule my examination for another time?

No, examinations cannot be transferred or rescheduled for another time.

If you wish to sit an examination at another time, you should withdraw from your current examination and submit a new application form and payment during the next application period.