Preparing for the clinical examination of the New Zealand Dental Therapy Registration Examination (NZDTREX)
Tips for preparing for the examination
To feel prepared for the examination of the NZDTREX, it is recommended that you:
- try to rest before the examination
- dress comfortably
- allow time for travel
- locate the venue for each component of the examination the day before the examination
- bring a watch
- practise your English.
If you are uncertain about any instruction or question from the examiners, ask for clarification.
The publications we list do not form the basis of the examination; however, they may be used as a general resource.
Resources for the examination
Information about dates and place
When the examination is held
The clinical examination is held once per year. Please refer to the examinations timetable for the date.
You must ensure your completed application reaches us by no later than the closing date listed on the examinations timetable.
Late applications will not be accepted.
Where you can take the examination
The specific venue will be confirmed to you for each individual examination.
You will need to make all your own visa and travel arrangements. If you can’t sit the examination because you can’t arrange things like visas or travel, we’ll treat you as having withdrawn, and you will have to pay withdrawal fees.
You need to provide proof of identity, usually a passport.
The examination fee is payable at the time of application. The fee is set at a threshold of 4 applicants sitting the examination, which will reduce where there are a total of 5 or more applicants enrolled for the clinical examination. In this case, enrolled applicants will be refunded the difference after the registration closing date.
If you repeat the examination, you need to reapply, and pay the fee again
Examination withdrawal fees
If you cancel your application, you will forfeit a withdrawal fee, as below.
Notice of withdrawal from examination received before closing date
20% of fee will be forfeited
Notice of withdrawal from examination received after the closing date and at least 14 days before the first day of the examination
50% of fee will be forfeited
Notice of withdrawal from examination received less than 14 days before the first day of the examination
100% of fee will be forfeited (unless a medical certificate can be supplied, in which case 40% of the fee will be forfeited)
Receiving examination results
Final results are awarded at an examiners' meeting at the completion of the examination. Your results will be posted to you after at least one week following the completion of the examination.
No results will be given by phone or fax.
Appealing your examination results
If you feel that you have performed poorly in the clinical examination because of illness or personal circumstances, you must advise us immediately and submit written evidence to support your claim, including a recent medical certificate. You must send these documents within seven days after the examination. Medical certificates will not be accepted after the examination results are posted.
No examination result can be overturned in this process, but we have the discretion to waive or reduce the fee for the next examination.
You must not communicate directly with the examiners. Send all correspondence to us.
If you fail the examination
You have three years from the date of first sitting the written examination and a maximum of three attempts to pass both the written and clinical parts of the NZDTREX.
If you fail the written examination, you must make another application, and pay a new examination fee.
If you have failed two attempts at the written part of the NZDTREX, we strongly recommend you undertake a course of re-training before you sit it for the third and final time.