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Dental Core Training National Recruitment Office (DCTNRO) Certification Testing

Dental Core Training National Recruitment Office (DCTNRO) Certification Testing

Applicants to the Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

The SJT forms part of the selection process for Dental Core Training. More information about the assessment is available on the DCTNRO website.

If you are longlisted, you will receive 2 automated emails from Pearson VUE, indicating your web username and temporary password. Follow the instructions in the emails to complete your login for the VUE appointment scheduling webpages. Then when invited to attend the SJT, you will be required to log in (using the 'Sign In' button on the right) and schedule your assessment. Further guidance about scheduling an SJT appointment is given below on the DCTNRO website.

Important Information

The assessment is entitled “Dental Core Training Situational Judgement Test”. Once you have signed into your testing account you will be able to book a place (subject to availability).

If you require any reasonable adjustments to the assessment (for example extra time), please ensure you have requested this on your application form.

Once scheduled, you can choose to subsequently change your booking if required, by simply logging into your account and choosing ‘Reschedule’. You can reschedule (subject to availability) up until 48 hours before your booked appointment. If you are an applicant with a pre-approved reasonable adjustment that is not bookable online and wish to reschedule your test, please contact the DCTNRO at DCTNRO@hee.nhs.uk.

If you book a place but decide not to attend, you must cancel your booking at least 48 hours before the assessment is due to be delivered.

The assessment will begin with a short tutorial to familiarise you with the controls and layout of the screens and will end with a short evaluation questionnaire. Use the Related Link on the right to access the testing tutorial.

Information about the DCT-SJT exam:

You will be required to present one form of original (no photocopies), valid (unexpired) government issued ID that includes your name, photograph, and signature. The first and last name that you used to register must match exactly the first and last name on the ID that is presented on test day. Read the full test centre ID policy here. The ID policy for OnVUE (remote delivery from home or office) is slightly different, so if using this method, be sure to check the ID policy here.

If you have any questions or concerns about the ID required for admittance for your exam please contact the Dental Core Training National Recruitment Office.

When the exam is launched, you will be presented with the following:

NDA A non-disclosure agreement which you must accept in order to progress to the actual test (untimed)
Tutorial An optional tutorial to help you understand the basic functionality of the computer-based test and how to navigate through it and select your responses (15 mins)
SJT Exam 60 questions (115 mins)
Survey An optional survey to enable you to give feedback (15 mins)

NB: if you have a disability and have been pre-approved for a time extension your allotted appointment slot time will be increased, and the approximate total appointment duration will be indicated in the confirmation email you receive upon scheduling the appointment. Extra time is not added to the tutorial or survey. The allotted time is displayed in the corner of the screen when you start the SJT section.

Examples of timings for the test are detailed below in minutes:

  Standard Time Applicants with approved 25% additional time
Tutorial 15 15
SJT 115 144
Survey 15 15
Last updated 2022-02-22