Dental hygienist, dental therapist and oral health therapist written examination


The written examination is the second stage of the ADC assessment process. 

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The written examination is designed to test your knowledge on the science and practise of dental hygiene, dental therapy, or combined dental hygiene and dental therapy, and assess clinical judgement and reasoning skills relevant to dental practice in Australia.

Depending on your profession, the written examination is held over one or two days in Melbourne, Australia.   

Candidates are eligible to sit the written examination following successful completion of the initial assessment process. 

Timeframe: Approximately five months. 
Cost: AUD $1,350

More information regarding the written examination for dental hygienists, dental therapists, and oral health therapists can be found in the Written examination handbook for dental hygiene and dental therapy. A copy of the handbook can be downloaded here

Am I eligible to sit the written examination?

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

What can I do to prepare for the written examination?

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.