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KUWAIT GENERAL DENTIST LICENSING EXAM

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KDLE stands for KUWAIT DENTAL LICENSING EXAM, which is the license required of health care professionals in order to work anywhere in Kuwait.

Please note: UNLIKE OTHER GULF COUNTRIES, YOU NEED TO FIND AN EMPLOYER FIRST IN ORDER TO EVEN APPLY FOR THE EXAM. YOU CANNOT APPLY BY YOURSELF. 

So you might want to start JOB SEARCH HERE

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Eligibility for Kuwait Dental Exam

It is a must to have 5 years of experience after the Internship. This period will be calculated from the day you received the BDS Certificate or the License registration, whichever comes last.

  • The medical institution or the applicant must submit the request

  • The applicant must pass a personal interview

  • The applicant must pass a medical check-up

  • A primary approval must be obtained from the Medical License Committee

  • The scientific certificates and certificates of practical experience must be authenticated to request the professional license.

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How to Apply for KDLE Dental Exam

Please note: UNLIKE OTHER GULF COUNTRIES, YOU NEED TO FIND AN EMPLOYER FIRST IN ORDER TO EVEN APPLY FOR THE EXAM. YOU CANNOT APPLY BY YOURSELF. 

So you might want to start JOB SEARCH HERE

These are the steps the Employer must do on your behalf:

  • Visit the Medical License Department of the Ministry of Health and submit the required documents and the application form
    Note: For Kuwaiti applicants, the applicant in person or the applicant's employer (Dispensary/center/hospital) may submit the request. For non-Kuwaiti applicants, the clinic owner, the Kuwaiti physician, or the medical institutions may submit the request

  • Fill the service application form. The documents are reviewed in the department and scientific certificates are sent to the Ministry of Higher Education for equivalency. Then, the request is presented to the specialty committee for an interview

  • After passing the interview, the request is presented to the Medical License Committee for issuing primary approval and temporary license, for Kuwaiti applicants. Non-Kuwaiti applicants, also, obtain residence in work location

  • Pay the fees due; the permanent license is issued. This license is valid for five years, for Kuwaiti applicants; and for two years, for non-Kuwaiti applicants
    Note: You may pay the fees due using cheques provided that the cheques are certified by the bank

 

You can find the detailed processing method in this document click here.  

 

Kuwait exam processing is not done internationally yet. The most appropriate option is to be inside Kuwait to do the process directly.

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Documents Required 

  1. License request letter from the medical institute

  2. Curriculum vitae

  3. Authenticated scientific qualifications, stating the date of issuance and the source, and the authenticated certificate of practical experience

  4. Copy of the civil ID

  5. Membership receipt in Kuwait Medical Association

  6. Equivalence of scientific certificates

  7. Copy of the nationality certificate, for Kuwaiti applicants

  8. Copy of the passport, for non-Kuwaiti applicants

  9. Four (4) personal photos

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KDLE Exam Schedule 

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Kuwait Dental Exam Pattern

  • Theory + Viva Interview exam 

  • The exam is conducted in Kuwait exam centre only

  • The KDLE exam consists of 3 parts 

    • Part I: 50 MCQs (One hour, on paper)

    • Part II: 5 Case Scenarios (1 & half hours, on paper) 

    • Part III: Viva Interview (10 minutes, in-person)

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Kuwait Dental Exam Syllabus 

PART 1

This part will contain 50 MCQs related to the below-mentioned subjects.

PART 2

This part will contain 5 Short Essay Clinical based Questions related to the below-mentioned subjects.

PART 3

The Interviewer will ask you questions about the below-mentioned subjects.

  • Anatomical Sciences,

  • Biochemistry, 

  • Physiology, 

  • Microbiology, 

  • Pharmacology, 

  • Dental Anatomy, 

  • Occlusion, 

  • General Pathology

  • Endodontics,  

  • Oral Pathology,  

  • Oral Medicine,  

  • Oral Radiology,  

  • Oral Diagnosis,  

  • Operative Dentistry,  

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery,  

  • Pain Control,  

  • Management of Emergencies,  

  • Orthodontics, 

  • Periodontics,  

  • Preventive Dentistry, 

  • Public Health Dentistry,  

  • Prosthodontics,  

  • Pediatric Dentistry

  • Ethics

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Additional suggested sources include:

  • Anusavice KJ. Phillips' science of dental materials. 10th ed., Philadelphia: Saunders, 1996. 

  • Murray JJ (ed.). Prevention of oral disease. 3rd ed., New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. 

  • Peterson LJ, Hupp JR, Ellis E, Tucker MR. Contemporary oral and maxillofacial surgery. 3rd ed., St. Louis: Mosby, 1997. 

  • Pine CM (ed.). Community oral health. Oxford: Wright/Butterworth-Heinemann, 1998. 

  • Scully C, Cawson RA. Medical problems in dentistry. 4th ed., Oxford: Wright, 1998. 

  • Tyldesley WR, Field EA. Oral medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. 

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How to study for Kuwait Dental Exam

  • It is too hectic to go back to college days and read all the textbooks mentioned above to clear the exam. YOU REALLY DON’T HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL THE BOOKS MENTIONED ABOVE. That is why we are here to help. 

  • Gulf Exams are primarily focused on clinical knowledge including accurate diagnosis and treatment planning. This means it asks questions mainly from clinical subjects only.

  • But we would not recommend preparing by yourself unless you know how to prepare. We guide you by specifically teaching only the topics that is important for the exams, thus narrowing the vast study material, which in turn guarantees the pass percentage with lesser hard work.

  • If you are looking to clear the exam in the 1st attempt itself, you will need to prepare thoroughly for 3-4 months at least.

This is how you need to prepare:

 

  •  Step 1 - Brush through all the important topics subject-wise that we teach 

  • Step 2 - Solve subject-wise MCQs under the related topics 

  • Step 3 - Read more on it, if in need of better clarification 

  • Step 4 - Solve Recent MCQs 

  • Step 5 - Do Mock Exams to see if you are ready 

To start preparation: KDLE online coaching

To try out a mock exam click here

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Pass Percentage for KDLE

  • The pass percentage is said to be 60%

 

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Result & its validity

  • The results will be provided within 2 weeks

  • This Exam result is valid for 5 years.

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What if I fail the 1st attempt?

  • You will have to re do the credential and there is no limit on the number of attempts for KDLE exam   

Landing a job

UNLIKE OTHER GULF COUNTRIES, YOU NEED TO FIND AN EMPLOYER FIRST IN ORDER TO EVEN APPLY FOR THE EXAM. YOU CANNOT APPLY BY YOURSELF.  SO YOU ALREADY HAVE A JOB IF YOU ARE APPLYING FOR THE EXAM.


Other documents they may ask of you are: 

  1. Basic Life Support Certificate ​

  2. Hepatitis B vaccination Report 

  3. Covid Vaccination Report

  4. Attestation of your BDS certificate