Written examination questions

Are there any materials available which can help me prepare for the written examination?

You should refer to the written examination handbook relevant to your profession for more details.

These handbooks have been developed as a guide to help you prepare for the written examination.

Handbooks contains further information about the process of the written examination, along with example multiple choice questions and resources to help you prepare for the examination.

You can view the handbooks via the assessment publications page

What can I do to prepare for the written and practical examinations?

The ADC strongly advises candidates to use the information published by the ADC (e.g. handbooks and information packages) as their definitive source of examination preparation material. You can access these resources here.

The ADC does not recommend or endorse any proprietary or informal courses which advertise as preparation for the ADC written or practical examinations. Such courses are developed and run without input from the ADC. The ADC cannot be held responsible for the quality of training or advice provided at such courses.

Will I incur a financial penalty if I withdraw from the written examination?


If you withdraw from an examination after your application has been processed, but before booking a seat with Pearson VUE, an administration fee of 20 per cent of the examination fee will be applied.

If you withdraw from a booked examination up to two weeks before the examination date, you will be eligible for a 50 per cent refund of your examination fee.

Withdrawals processed within two weeks of the examination date are not eligible for a refund.

Please refer to the assessment fee schedule at the bottom of the dental practitioner assessment page for more information. 

I’ve withdrawn from my written exam.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.

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.

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 long is my successful written examination valid for?

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

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.

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.

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.