2020 practical examination dates

2020 practical examination dates

2 October 2019
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The ADC is pleased to announce application periods for practical examination seats between February and June 2020.

As seat availability is limited, we strongly encourage you to submit your application early in the application period to ensure the best chances of securing an examination seat. 

Examination dates for the remainder of 2020 will be announced at a later date.

Eligible group

Examination dates*

Application period

You can apply for an examination place during these dates if you have a written examination expiring in:


  • March 2020
  • October 2020
  • April 2021

February - March 2020



21 October –

1 November 2019

You can apply for an examination place during these dates if you have a written examination expiring in:


  • October 2021
  • April 2022
  • November 2022

May – June 2020



20 January –

31 January 2020

 *No general dentist examinations are scheduled for December 2019, January 2020, April 2020 or July 2020. 
 Please note that examination dates and application periods are subject to change.

Please read these conditions of practical examination seat allocation carefully before applying:

Examination dates

If your application is accepted, you will be allocated an examination date within the specified date range. 

We cannot accept requests for specific examination days or months. You should ensure that you are able to sit at any time during the date range before applying.

Once your examination date has been allocated, it cannot be transferred or postponed. If you are unable to attend your allocated date, withdrawal fees apply.

Eligibility to apply

You must belong to the relevant eligible group and have:

  • no pending examination results**, 
  • no pending examination reviews or appeals, and 
  • no existing practical examination booking. 

If you do not meet these eligibility criteria your application will be declined. 

We must receive your completed application, with all supporting documentation correctly certified, before the closing date of the relevant application period. 

**Candidates with a written examination expiring in March 2020 who have a practical examination booking from 23rd September 2019.

  • As you hold an existing practical examination booking, you are not eligible to apply for either of these application periods.
  • Your results email will inform you of further information regarding any remaining available practical examination seats in February and March 2020. 

Additional information

In fairness to all candidates, the ADC cannot consider applications received outside the defined application period, or from candidates not meeting the eligibility criteria.

All candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the expiry date of their written examination. If you are eligible for a seat during these application periods but decide not to apply, the ADC cannot guarantee your eligibility for future application periods. 

The ADC is committed to keeping all candidates updated on access to examination seats, as well as important information relating to the assessment process. All candidates, regardless of their place in the assessment process, are strongly encouraged to monitor the ADC website for up-to-date information on examinations and assessments. 

For any further enquiries, please contact the ADC via the contact us page

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