LDS Exam

The LDS Exam is one of the oldest dental exams established in the UK by the Royal College of Surgeons. The LDS establishes the fitness to practice of graduate dentists wishing to practice in the UK and will make you eligible to apply for registration with the GDC.

There are two main routes for dentists wishing to practice in the UK:
  • ORE Exam - Overseas Registration exam administered by the General Dentistry Council
  • LDS Exam - Licence in Dental Surgery administered by the Royal College of Surgeons 
Either exam allows you to practice as a dentist in the UK. Like the ORE Exam the LDS exam has both a knowledge based Part 1 (in the form of a written exam) and a practical Part 2 (in the form of an OSCE).

Part 1

Part 1 consists of two written papers, each of three hours duration, taken on the same day, so six hours overall. The examination format will be Single Best Answer (SBA) and Extended Matching Questions (EMQ) centred mainly on knowledge and its application to:
  1. Clinically applied dental science and clinically applied human disease.
  2. Aspects of clinical dentistry, law and ethics, and health and safety.
Click the following link for a more indepth LDS syllabus.

Part 2 

Part 2 of the LDS Exam consists of 3 distinct parts:
  1. Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) of 2 hours duration
  2. An operative test on a dental manikin of up to three hours duration 
  3. The ‘Unseen Case’ [based on an objective structured long examination (OSLE) model] - an examination designed to test the candidates’ diagnosis, treatment planning and clinical reasoning. Approximately 1 hour duration (32 minutes for each scenario).
Remember: Passing the LDS or ORE does not give you the automatic right to work in the UK. Other factors to be considered are: your Visa and UKBA restrictions, clinical experience and qualifications, EEA employment laws and competition for posts.

Which is easier the LDS exam or ORE Exam?

Well both exams are very variable in difficulty, most students go for both the LDS Exam and the ORE Exam, if money is not an issue to spread their bets. However, if money is an issue and you are located within the EU, the ORE Exam is recommended. If you are outside the EU and your degree is not recognised it is better to go for the LDS.

Retake policy

There are two parts to the exam, you can fail each part up to a maximum of 4 times. If you pass the LDS Part 1 you will need to pass the second part within 5 years. The LDS board does not guarantee that there will be spaces on each examination day, therefore it is strongly recommended that you book your place well in advance. Each LDS Part 1 has a capacity of 80 candidates, whereas the LDS part 2 only has space for 40.
Last modified: Monday, 30 December 2013, 06:36 AM