Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) and LDS Exam (License of Dental Surgery)


Being a dentist is one of the most honorable jobs in the world. No matter the specialty you are carrying. UK being a developed country Working in the UK as an Overseas Dentist has become the first choice of overseas dentists to serve their skills and get settled over there and work for NHS.

By the end of the article, you will have a clear vision about all the information regarding ORE and LDS.

The journey is quiet long and one has to go through several milestones inclusive of various exams. Likewise, ORE and LDS which ends up to the final step i.e., registration in GDC.

  • ORE (Overseas Registration Exam)
  • LDS (License in Dental Surgery)



Overseas Registration Exam (ORE) is an exam for overseas-registered dentists wishing to practice in the UK. The ORE is conducted by GDC. The main objective behind the ORE exam is to test clinical as well as theoretical knowledge.

ORE Comprises Of Two Parts

  • Part 1 (Theory)
  • Part 2 (Practical)


Both the exams are set as per the strict guidelines of GDC (General Dental Council) and are held in 2 different days.

ORE Part 1 Exam:


Part 1 is a computer-based exam. Part 1 exam of ORE aim to test the theoretical knowledge of the registered overseas dentists. ORE part 1, exams are held 2 times a year (generally in April and August) with 200 seats per exam The theory- based exam is further divided into 2 papers. Paper A and Paper B.

Paper A: A 3 hours exam, covers clinically applied dental science and clinically applied human disease.
Paper B: A 3 hours exam, covers more of a law and ethics / health and safety of dental practice in the UK.

ORE Part 2 Exam:


Part 2 exam is an OSCE based clinical practice exam. It aims to test the practical knowledge of registered overseas dentists. ORE part 2, exams are held 3 times a year (generally in January, April, and September) with 144 candidate seats in each exam. A candidate can have 4 attempts for this test. This exam is further divided into 4 different components, which are held in 4 different days.

Dental Manikin Operative Tests: Candidates are required to perform three procedures over a period of three hours. These procedures primarily involve the preparation and restoration of teeth, but may also include other procedures where appropriate simulation can allow assessment of operative skills.

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OCSE): This is where candidates visit a series of ‘stations’ which test their clinical skills. These may include history-taking and assessment, communication skills (such as an explanation of problems and treatment plans), judgement and decision making, ethics and attitudes, and clinical examination. Results for the above exam are to be released within 20 days of sitting for the exam.

A Diagnostic And Treatment Planning Exercise (DTP): This involves an actor who will provide an appropriate history (but will not be examined), together with relevant additional information such as photographs, radiographs, study models or results of other special tests. The exercise may involve any of the above aspects of clinical dentistry.

A Practical Examination In Medical Emergencies (ME): The assessment consists of a structured scenario-based oral and demonstration of single-handed basic life support. This will include cardiopulmonary resuscitation using a resuscitation manikin.

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OR Exam- ORE Cost


The updated cost of the Overseas Registration Examination Part 1 (the clinical knowledge test) fee is £806 per attempt. Part 2 of the ORE Exam, is a practical, OSCE-based exam. and the updated fee is £2929 (per attempt).

There is also an additional fee of £685 for ORE document processing and assessment.

Registration Process For ORE


Visit eGDC portal <click ‘route to registration’ < Fill in your details online and your email address. An email will be received from GDC with ORE registration form and the guidance note which explains how to fill in the form and what documents to send.

Send your form and documents to GDC followed by filling processing assessment fee (£685}. Once your application is accepted, GDC will allow you to create your eGDC account.

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Exam booking usually opens 6 weeks before the exam, so you need to keep yourself updated with the GDC website for the exam date and exam booking date and time to be announced. On the booking day, you have to login into your eGDC account and make the booking and payment from there.

LDS UK Dental Exam


LDS is Licence in Dental Surgery. It is conducted by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSE). This exam is divided into two parts:

  • LDS Part 1 (Theory)
  • LDS Part 2 (Practical)


Part 1 is a paper-based 6-hour exam. It is further divided into Paper A and Paper B which are held in one session. An overseas dentist in the UK must pass both papers in one sitting in order to progress for Part 2.

Part 2 exam is held over 3 days and consists of 3 sections:

  • OSCE
  • Dental Manikin
  • Unseen cases (Obstructive structured long examination – OSLE model)


LDS Cost


LDS Part 1 is held only once a year (usually in April) with 120 candidates per exam. It costs £850.

LDS Part 2 is held twice a year (usually in April and August) with 60 candidates per exam. It costs £2,940.

How Does An Overseas Dentist Register For The LDS?


Visit RCSE website and create the account. Keep a check on exam date and book exam online and make a payment. Then you will receive an email getting information about the documents which are needed to be send by the post.

What Happen After Clearing ORE Part 2 Exam?


After you have passed part 2, you will receive an email from GDC which will direct you to the online application form in eGDC to apply for full GDC registration. The registration fee is around £700 (but will depend on which month you will start to pay).

Documents needed to work as a dentist in UK in whole process


  • Fully filled application form
  • Original or certified evidence of current passport
  • Translation of document (if they are in other languages)
  • Passport size recent photo
  • Original Certificate of Good Standing
  • Original or certified evidence of the primary dental qualification
  • Evidence of English Language (IELTS)
  • Clinical experience requirement reference (at least 1600 hours)
  • Character reference
  • Health declaration and vaccination certificates


Note: All the documents should be latest by the 3 months when you submit it.

GDC Latest Information


The latest major update in GDC guidelines is about the fee cost of ORE. As of 1 May 2015 there was a change to the Overseas Registration Examination (ORE) fees.

The fee for the Part 1 exam is increased from £600 to £806, and the fee for the Part 2 exam is increased from £2250 to £2929.The new fees will be applied to both Part 1 and Part 2 examinations held from July 2015 onwards. Thereafter, all the updates are regarding the suspension and re-booking of ORE due to the COVID-19.

For the latest updates of GDC, one may visit https://www.gdc-uk.org/registration/overseas- registration-exam/ore-latest-information

Expert Tips For Overseas Dentists


  • Good score in IELTS, so prepare firstly for it.
  • Go through the whole process of registration prior to anything
  • Booking an exam seat is really competitive, and the exam seat gets fully booked within a minute, so you need to book on time when the booking opens and make sure to have high speed internet
  • Self-study or online courses are sufficient for Part 1 but for Part 2, though expensive but it is advisable to visit training centres. Usually, it costs around £10,000 for all the training and buying dental materials and equipment to practise at home.


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