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A Complete Guide to the Australian Dental Council Examination for International Dentists

Jun 27, 2024 3 min read
Australian Dental Council Examination for International Dentists

Dentists from across the globe have Australia on top of their list of career destinations. To turn that dream of working in Australia into a reality, international dentists must seek registration to practise. The ADC exam is the gateway to becoming a registered dentist in Australia. In this blog, you will find everything you need to know about the ADC exam.

What is the ADC Exam for Dentists?

The ADC exam stands for the Australian Dental Council exam. This registration exam, conducted by the Australian Dental Council, determines if the international dentists seeking registration in Australia are capable of delivering safe and effective dental care in Australia. The ADC exam is designed in such a way that it thoroughly evaluates the skills and knowledge of the exam takers. 

What are the Steps to the ADC Exam?

The ADC exam has three important steps. 

  • Initial assessment
  • ADC written examination
  • ADC practical examination

Initial Assessment

The purpose of the initial assessment is to check the eligibility of the candidates. During this process, the candidate needs to submit the following documents.

  • A valid passport
  • A recently taken passport-sized photograph that meets the Australian passport photo guidelines
  • Evidence of change of name (if required)
  • Dental qualification, official certificate or testamur
  • Academic transcript
  • Internship certificate (if the internship is completed as part of the candidate’s qualification)
  • Evidence of registration or licence to practise dentistry
  • Two written professional references
  • Evidence of practice or work history as a registered or licensed dentist

Following this, the candidate is also required to send a certificate or letter of good standing to the Australian Dental Council. 

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ADC Written Examination

The ADC written examination is a two-day examination that primarily tests the candidate’s:

  • Knowledge of science and practice of dentistry
  • Clinical judgement and reasoning skills relevant to dental practice in Australia

ADC Practical Examination

The ADC practical examination is a simulation-based tool to test the candidate’s competencies in the following areas.

  • Clinical information gathering
  • Diagnosis and management planning
  • Clinical treatment and evaluation

Who is Eligible for the ADC Exam?

A candidate applying for the initial skill assessment should have the following.

  • Minimum 4-year full-time degree/diploma
  • Full and unrestricted registration/licence

What is the ADC Exam Format?

The ADC written examination consists of four 2-hour sections. Each section will contain 70 scenario-based multiple-choice questions. 

The ADC practical examination has two main components:

  • A technical skills day 
  • A clinical skills day 

This will be a station-based objective structured clinical examination (OSCE).

 When is the ADC Exam Conducted?

The ADC written examination is typically held twice a year, in March and in September. The ADC practical examination will be conducted in three periods. 

ADC Written Examination 

ADC Practical Examination

March 13 2024Period 1: January - May 2024
March 14 2024Period 2: May - August 2024
September 11 2024Period 3: September - December 2024
September 12 2024 

Where is the ADC Exam Conducted?

The ADC written examination will be held at Pearson VUE centres across the world. The centres may be to change. In India, the following cities have ADC exam centres.

  • Hyderabad
  • Pune
  • Surat 
  • Ahmedabad
  • Mumbai
  • Noida 
  • Chennai
  • Bangalore
  • Gurugram
  • Jalandhar
  • Amritsar

The ADC exam centre for the practical examination is located in Melbourne, Australia. 


Passing the ADC exam is a significant achievement that opens doors to a rewarding dental career in Australia. While the journey is challenging, thorough preparation and a clear understanding of the process can greatly enhance your chances of success. By following the guidelines provided and dedicating yourself to diligent study and practice, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a registered dentist in Australia.

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Nuha Mariyam
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