Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the requirements for the Final Examination in General Dental Practice?
To be eligible for the Final Exam candidates must satisfy completion of one of the following:
- RACDS Primary Exam
- MRACDS Program
- Exemption granted from the Primary Exam (please refer to the GDP Handbook)
Candidates must also have completed their undergraduate degree three years prior to enrolling, have a minimum of two years clinical experience and hold registration to practice dentistry with a recognised registering body.
2. What is the structure of the exam?
The Final Exam is made up of two sections: General Dentistry, and an elective option:
- Restorative Dentistry and Periodontics
- Paediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
- Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Oral Pathology
The general dentistry exam consists of a written paper and a viva voce. The elective exam consists of a written paper, clinical and oral examination, and viva voce examination. There are no live patients for this examination.
This exam is at the level of a General Practitioner.
3. Why should I complete the Final Examination?
The Final Exam is the final step to achieving Fellowship in General Dental Practice. Benefits in obtaining Fellowship with the RACDS include:
- Professional development
- Professional recognition
- Develop a career pathway in education and examination
- Discounts to Convocation and RACDS CPD programs
4. How do I prepare for the Final Examination?
The GDP Handbook includes a guide to study and suggested reading list. Candidates should have access to current journal articles and maintain an individual resource library in preparation for the examination.
The RACDS offers a Final Exam Workshop which runs over a weekend in June. This provides candidates with an opportunity to meet examiners and other candidates, and gain valuable information on treatment planning, written paper and viva voce skills.
There is also an online Web Based Education Program. This consists of two online segments that enables candidates to practice their case evaluations, treatment and diagnostic skills.
5. I have completed all of the written sections of the exam but am unable to complete the vivas. Will I be given credit for what I have completed?
Both the written and oral sections of the exam must be completed. If you complete the written sections only, and do not present for the vivas you will receive a fail grade for the entire section of the exam i.e. you will fail the elective section of the exam.
Should a medical/personal situation arise that prevents you from undertaking a portion of the exam, please contact the RACDS immediately.
6. Will I receive feedback if I don't pass the exam?
If you have failed one section and passed another, you may be given credit for the section passed. This credit is valid for three years. Candidates who have failed the exam will receive an performance report from the examiners.
7. Are there study groups or support services?
The RACDS has a number of Candidate Advisors in each Regional Committee that run tutorials and functions.