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How to apply for ADC Exam

Applying for the ADC (Australian Dental Council) exam can be a complex process, as it involves multiple steps and requirements. The ADC exam is required for internationally trained dentists who wish to practice dentistry in Australia. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to apply for the ADC exam:

1. Determine Eligibility:

Before you start the application process, make sure you meet the ADC's eligibility criteria. These criteria can change, so it's essential to visit the official ADC website ( and review the latest eligibility requirements.
2. Create an Online ADC Account:
Visit the ADC's official website and create an online account. You will need this account to start and manage your application process.

3. Initial Assessment:

The initial assessment is the first stage of the dental practitioner assessment process. It determines your eligibility to sit the written examination by assessing your professional qualifications, work experience, registration history, and good standing.
To be eligible to apply for an initial assessment you must:
hold a four-year, full time university dental degree, or diploma, from a recognised university; and
have held full and unrestricted registration or licence in either your home country, or country of training, with no withdrawal of registration.

5. Complete the Initial Assessment:

Log in to your ADC account and complete the online application form. Be sure to provide accurate and up-to-date information. You will also need to pay the application fee at this stage.
New application fee 628AUD
Renewal fee 258AUD
6. Submit Required Documents:

Upload all required documents, including academic transcripts, dental qualifications, identification, and any other documents specified by the ADC.

7. Document Verification:

The ADC will review your application and documents. This process can take some time, approx. 8 weeks so be patient. Make sure all your documents are genuine and meet the ADC's requirements.

8. Book the Exam:

Once your Initial Assessment is approved, you will receive instructions on how to book your ADC Written exam. Follow the provided guidelines to schedule your exam at a designated test center.

9. Prepare for the Exam:

Prepare for the Written Examination according to the ADC's guidelines and syllabus. You may want to consider enrolling in preparatory courses which are renowned e.g Westmead/Australian dental academy is the pioneer in ADC Preparatory courses. The Written Examination typically covers various aspects of dentistry, including clinical knowledge, diagnosis, and treatment planning.
10. Take the Exam: - Show up on the scheduled exam day and perform to the best of your abilities.

11. Receive Results: - Wait for your exam results. The ADC will provide information on how and when you can access your scores.

12. Practical Assessment- Once you clear your ADC Written exam, you need to prepare for third stage. Which is a two-day simulation-based examination assessing your practical clinical skills.

Remember that the ADC application process can be time-consuming and may require careful planning and preparation. Always refer to the ADC's official website and contact their support if you have any specific questions or need further guidance during the application process, as their requirements and procedures may change over time.