Component II consists of multiple oral examinations that will test candidates’ clinical skills and knowledge. For most specialties, the examinations will take place in a specially-constructed 16ft x 16ft booth where Examiners will present a series of cases for the candidate to review. An observer will be stationed outside of the booth during each session to document the administration of the examination.
To view your specialty's Component II dates, please consult the Dates and Deadlines page. Depending on the requirements of each specialty, examinations may be held on one single day or over the course of two days. In the case of the latter, candidates must make arrangements to be present on both dates.
When examinations are held over the course of two days, candidates will generally be scheduled to be examined either in the morning or in the afternoon. Candidates scheduled in the morning will have to remain on site after their oral examinations have concluded and until all of the afternoon candidates have registered. Afternoon candidates will have to remain on site until of the examinations have concluded in their specialty. A sample subject to change of the schedule for the morning and afternoon cohorts is below.
07:00 - 07:45 – Registration
07:45 - 07:59 – Instructions
08:00 - 12:00 – Examinations
12:00 - 12:15 – Post-Examination Hold
11:30 - 12:15 – Registration
12:15 - 13:00 – Pre-Examination Hold
12:45 - 12:59 – Instructions
13:00 - 16:30 – Examinations
A light breakfast will be provided for candidates in the morning cohort, while a light lunch will be offered for candidates in the afternoon group. Meals will be prepared in consideration of candidates’ dietary restrictions, as communicated to the Admissions Department.
Registration and Waiting Rooms
Candidates must present government-issued photo identification, such as a passport or driver’s license, in order to enter the examination area. Registration staff will provide candidates the nametag that all candidates will be required to wear while on site.
Following registration, candidates will proceed to an adjacent waiting room where they shall remain until the time of their scheduled examination(s). There will be assigned seating in this room so that candidates may be efficiently located by the observer who will accompany them to their examination’s location.
Candidates will be accompanied to a post-examination waiting room when all of their examinations have concluded for the day.
Candidates are welcome to bring study notes and necessary personal items, such as medication, tissues or ear plugs, into the waiting rooms. Reading materials must not be stored on electronic devices of any kind, including smart watches, as these are not permitted.
As temperatures may vary throughout the day, please consider bringing a light sweater to ensure that you are comfortable.
Candidates challenging the NDSE in Orthodontics are required to bring a protractor and ruler as they will be required to take their own cephalometric measurements during the Case Analysis portion of the exam.
Candidates challenging the Examination in Oral Pathology, or in the combined specialty Oral Medicine and Oral Pathology, must bring their own microscope in order to complete the practical microscopic examination. Candidates are responsible for the provision and operation of the microscope, and must be completely familiar with its operation and comfortable in making routine diagnoses with this equipment. Candidates must bring a spare bulb and be familiar with the process to replace it. Candidates should also bring any microscopic tools (e.g., polarizing lenses) that they believe they may need.
Personal belongings may not be left in the first waiting room, as candidates will not have access to this room once their examinations have concluded for the day.
Candidates caught in the possession of prohibited items, or who engage in behaviour that contravenes the examination process, will be immediately expelled and 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.