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Dental Foundation Training National Recruitment Office (DFTNRO) Certification Testing

Dental Foundation Training National Recruitment Office (DFTNRO) Certification Testing

Applicants to the Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

You have been invited to attend the situational judgement test which forms part of the selection process for Dental Foundation Training. More information about the assessment, including some example questions, is available within the DFT applicant guide 2020 which can be found within the

Before you can schedule your assessment appointment, you should create an account using your assessment specific Application Number provided in your registration/invitation correspondence.

IMPORTANT: Your registration/invitation correspondence will be sent to you via Oriel, please log-in to your Oriel account to view the message. Please also ensure emails from Oriel are marked as safe and ensure they are not going into the spam/junk folder of the email account you used to sign up to Oriel.

Further guidance about scheduling an assessment is given below.

The Dental Foundation Training team would like to wish you every success in the assessment.

Important Information

You must arrive 15 minutes before your booked appointment time i.e. if you book a 9.00am slot you should be at the Pearson VUE test centre at 8.45am.

The assessment is entitled “Dental Foundation Training Situational Judgement Test”, with the exam series code DFT_SJT.

As soon as you have created your testing account, (or signed in if you already have an existing account), you will be able to locate your nearest centre and book a place.

Once scheduled, you can choose to subsequently change your booking (to a different date, time or test centre location) if required, up to 48 hours before your scheduled appointment, by simply logging into your account and choosing ‘Reschedule’.

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 to access the testing tutorial.

Please direct all enquires to HEE London and South East Support Portal. The Enquiries Portal will have an FAQ function which we would advise you to look through before submitting an enquiry.

Reasonable Adjustments

If you have had a reasonable adjustment approved by the Dental National Recruitment Office for additional time, you will be able book you own slot via the Pearson VUE website. If you have had a reasonable adjustment approved that requires some further adjustment (other than extra time) you will be contacted by Pearson VUE directly.

Shielding Applicants or Applicants Unable to Physically Attend a Pearson Vue Test Centre Due to Covid-19 lockdowns

If you have a medical condition meaning you are required to shield from covid-19 and are therefore unable to attend a test centre in person, or if your locality is in lockdown due to covid-19, you will need to follow the process to apply to sit your test online at home. This is called Online Proctoring and is only open to applicants who fall under these two categories.

If either category applies to you and you need to sit your test at home, please contact the Dental Foundation Training National Recruitment Office via as early as possible to apply for this facility. A member of the team will then be in touch with further instructions.

Information about the Dental Foundation Training Situational Judgement Test:

Upon arrival at the test centre, you will be required to present one form of original (no photo copies), 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.
View the full ID policy ».

If you have any questions or concerns about the ID you are required to bring with you to the testing centre for admittance for your test please contact the Dental foundation National Recruitment Office.

With the exception of your ID, no personal belongings will be permitted inside the testing room. This includes mobile phones or other electronic devices, books, notes or notepaper, watches, wallets, photographic devices, bags, hats, pens or any other writing utensils, mascots, sweets or any kind of food or drink (unless approved for a reasonable adjustment). You will be asked to store your personal belongings in a secure area (usually a locker, situated in the waiting area) as indicated by the test centre staff.

You will be offered an erasable noteboard and pen, in order to take notes during your test, to be handed back at the end of the test session. No scratchpaper of any kind is permitted.

Once seated at the exam workstation, 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 exam
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 (105 mins)


A survey to enable you to give feedback (15 mins)

Reasonable Adjustments Timings

NB: The usual total duration for an exam appointment from start to finish is approx. 135 mins for completion of all the exam elements indicated above. If you have been pre-approved for a time extension (because of a medical or neurological condition), your exam appointment slot time will be increased, and the total appointment duration will be indicated in the confirmation email you receive upon scheduling the appointment. On the day of your test, the amount of time for the SJT exam will be increased by the percentage of the extra time accommodation you have been granted, rounded up to the nearest whole number (e.g. 105 min SJT + 25% extra time = 132 mins). The allotted time will be displayed in the corner of the screen at the moment of starting the SJT exam.

Last updated 2020-10-01