There are four components to Part 2 of the ORE:
An operative test on a dental manikin (DM)
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.
DM guidance is available on the exam centre’s website here.
An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)
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. The series of stations may cover aspects of the following: behavioural sciences, human disease, law, ethics and professionalism, clinical dentistry, restorative dentistry, paediatric dentistry, orthodontics, preventive dentistry, dental public health, comprehensive oral care, oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology and oral microbiology, dental radiology and imaging.
OSCE guidance is available on the exam centre’s website here.
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.
DTP guidance is available on the exam centre’s website here.
A practical examination in medical emergencies (ME)
This assessment consists of two parts:
- a structured scenario-based oral
- demonstration of single handed basic life support. This will include cardiopulmonary resuscitation using a resuscitation manikin
ME guidance is available on the exam centre’s website here.
You will be allowed four attempts for Part 2.
Your exam results will be sent to you by email. We will endeavour to release the results to you within 20 working days of the exam.
Please note that we do not accept appeals against results nor disagreements with our examiners’ decisions.
Policies governing the examination of Part 2 are available on the exam centre’s website here.
Part 2 policies include Complaints, Suspected Malpractice, Mitigating Circumstances, and Dress Code. If you have booked a place on an exam and need to withdraw, please consult the GDC’s Withdrawal and Refunds Policy available to download from the Booking Your Exam page. If you need to withdraw within four weeks of the exam taking place you should refer to the Mitigating Circumstances policy on the exam centre’s website. If you wish to make a general complaint about the service you have received at the GDC, please contact us.
Failing ME only
If you only fail the medical emergencies exercise during the ORE Part 2 , you will be able to re-sit this component only at a future exam. Sitting the ME only exam costs £300.
Should you pass the ME component at this sitting, you will have passed Part 2 of the ORE. Should you fail, you will need to retake the full ORE Part 2 exam, if you are eligible to do so.
The ME only exam is held at the same time as the full Part 2 exam.
Passing Part 2
Upon passing Part 2, you will be able to apply for registration with the General Dental Council. For further information, please visit After you have passed.