Oral Examination


Candidates agree to preserve the confidentiality of the National Dental Specialty Examination in any discussion related to it before, during and after its administration. All parties are therefore strictly prohibited from disclosing, reproducing or publishing any examination content or materials.


Oral examinations will test candidates’ clinical skills and decision-making. Depending on specialty requirements, these examinations are typically administered inside specially-constructed booths. Please click here to view the booth layout.

The topics for review for the oral examination are specific to each specialty. For more information on the format of the oral examination in your specialty, please visit the Specialties section, click on your specialty and on the "Examination Structure" tab at the bottom of the landing page.

Candidates should be prepared to utilize the Fédération Dentaire Internationale (FDI) tooth-numbering system through the examination. For more information regarding the FDI system, please navigate to the candidate study guide at the bottom of the “Examination Structure” page.


Candidates may be scheduled to be examined either in the morning or in the afternoon; others may be required to remain on site for the duration of the full day. The Admissions Department will communicate personalized schedules, which remain subject to change at any moment, in advance of the examination.

Candidates assigned to the morning cohort will be asked to remain in a post-examination waiting room until all the candidates scheduled in the afternoon cohort have registered. On the other hand, candidates scheduled to be examined in the afternoon will have to remain in the post-examination waiting room until their specialty’s examinations have concluded for the day.

Since meals will not be provided on site, candidates are encouraged to eat breakfast or lunch prior to arriving at Registration on the day of their examination.


Registration staff will provide candidates with the details of their waiting room and assigned seat. Candidates must bring a valid piece of government-issued photo identification, such as a passport or driver’s license matching the personal information submitted at the time of application. Candidates may be refused entry should there be any discrepancies with their identification and the information supplied to The Royal College of Dentists of Canada at the time of application.

Registration staff will provide candidates with the nametag that must be worn while they are on site and will confirm the details of their assigned seat. Once candidates have confirmed that they are no longer in possession of any prohibited items, they may proceed to the waiting room.

Candidates who arrive after their designated registration time may be prevented from entering the waiting room.

Waiting Rooms

Following registration, candidates will proceed to an adjacent waiting room where they shall remain until the time of their scheduled examination. There will be assigned seating in this room so that candidates may be efficiently located by the observer who will accompany them to their examination’s location.

Candidates will be accompanied to a post-examination waiting room when all of their examinations have concluded.

Personal Belongings

Candidates are welcome to bring study notes and necessary personal items, such as medication, tissues or ear plugs, into the waiting rooms. Reading materials must not be stored on electronic devices of any kind, including smart watches, as these are not permitted.

As temperatures may vary throughout the day, candidates are welcome to bring a light sweater or additional layers for their comfort.

Personal belongings may not be left in the first waiting room, as candidates will not have access to this room once their examinations have concluded.


Candidates caught in the possession of prohibited items, or engaging in behaviour that contravenes the examination process, will be immediately expelled.

Post-Examination Survey

Candidates will have the opportunity to provide feedback through an online survey on a variety of topics following the Examination. Individual responses will remain confidential, and results will be used to improve future examination sessions.