The Examination consists of two three-hours sessions held in the morning (09:00-12:00) and the afternoon (13:30-16:30) of a single day. Since meals are not provided, candidates are free to leave the examination venue during the mid-day break.
Staff will verify government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, once candidates have taken their assigned seats. Candidates will receive the details of their assigned seating the week before the Examination. The nametag that candidates are required to wear for the duration of the day will be placed at their desk.
Candidates may bring necessary personal items, such as medication, tissues or ear plugs, provided that they are stored inside a clear ziploc bag that remains visible at all times. As temperatures may vary throughout the day, candidates are welcome to bring a light sweater or additional layers for their comfort.
Electronic devices of any kind, including calculators and smart watches, are not permitted on site.
Candidates caught in the possession of prohibited items or engaging in behaviour that contravenes the examination process will be immediately expelled, and will be disqualified from taking the Examination for a period of three years.
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.
Candidates may view their results on myRCDC within 45 days of the Examination; only a Pass or Fail notice will be published. Candidates who are unsuccessful will receive a report outlining the domains and sub-domains requiring improvement.
Unsuccessful candidates may initiate a Formal Review of their Examination results in the event that significant procedural irregularities negatively impacted their performance. These requests must be received within 30 days from the communication of examination results, and include: i) a written statement that clearly outlines the alleged procedural errors, and ii) a certified cheque, money order, or bank draft in Canadian funds payable to The Royal College of Dentists of Canada for the $500 administrative fee.
As part of this review, the College will consider the candidate's statement outlining the alleged procedural irregularities, available documentary evidence such as observer records and examiner notes, and examination marks. The policy document Statement of Policy and Procedure: Formal Reviews outlines in detail the procedures associated with such requests.