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What is LDS Exam

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What is LDS Exam?

The LDS (Licence in Dental Surgery) Exam is one of the oldest dental exams established in the UK by the 


College of Surgeons

. The LDS establishes the fitness to practice of graduate dentists wishing to practice in the UK

and will make them eligible to apply for registration with the GDC.

There are two main routes for dentists wishing to practice in the UK:

ORE Exam

LDS Entrance Exam

Full name

Overseas Registration Exam

Licence in Dental Surgery



General Dentistry Council

Royal College of Surgeons 

What does it


Allows you to practice as a dentist

in the UK

Allows you to practice as a dentist in the UK

How popular is


Very popular, this is the main


Less popular, can serve as an alternate route for those who

have failed the ORE.

How many


There are two parts.

There are two parts.

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).

LDS Exam: 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:

Clinically applied dental science and clinically applied human disease.

Aspects of clinical dentistry, law and ethics, and health and safety.

Click the following link for a more in-depth LDS syllabus.


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LDS Exam: Part 2 

Part 2 of the LDS Exam consists of 3 distinct parts:

Observed Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) of 2 hours duration

An operative test on a dental manikin of up to three hours duration 

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).

Click here for a rudimentary 

LDS Exam syllabus


Remember: Passing the LDS or ORE does not give you the automatic right to work in the UK. Other factors to be

considered are as follows: 

Visa and UKBA restrictions

Clinical experience and qualifications

EEA employment laws and competition for posts

Which is easier the LDS exam or the ORE Exam?

Both exams are very variable in their inherent difficulty. If money is not an issue, many students go for both the LDS

Exam and the ORE Exam, to spread their bets. However, if money is an issue and you are located within the EU,

the ORE Exam is recommended as there have been some historical jurisdictional issues with the LDS. If you are

outside the EU and your degree is not recognised, it is better to go for the LDS.

Is the LDS exam better than ORE Exam?

Both exams allow you to do the same thing, the only difference is about whether your initial dental degree is

recognised by either institution. LDS places are inherently more scarce as the exam board annually only allows 120

candidates for the LDS part 1 - and up to up to 55 candidates for LDS part 2.

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 


 that there will be spaces on

each examination day, therefore it is strongly advised that you book your place well in advance. Each LDS Part 1

has a capacity of 80 candidates, whereas LDS part 2 only has space for 40.

LDS Exam Dates

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What do I need to know for

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The LDS exam date occurs around April every year. For more information have a look at the 

Royal College of

Surgeons website


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