Validity of the examination
The results of the KDLE are valid for five years subsequent to the date of passing the examination. If a dentist has not practiced dentistry for more than five years after passing this examination, successful completion of a new examination, under its current format, will be required for licensure.
Board of examiners
The examination is set by the Board of Examiners who are members of the Faculty of Dentistry of Kuwait University and the Ministry of Health.
Format and content of the examination
The KDLE is a one day written examination in English, composed of 200 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and is divided into two parts.
Part I: Biomedical Sciences (21/2 hours, morning session)
This part will contain 100 MCQs related to: Anatomical Sciences, Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Dental Anatomy, Occlusion, and General Pathology
Part II: Dental and Clinical Sciences (21/2 hours, afternoon session)
This part will contain 100 MCQs related to: 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, and Pediatric Dentistry.
The KDLE is administered three times per year, generally in October, February and June. The dates for the examination and deadlines for the application procedures are set by the Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization (KIMS).
The results will be announced within 2 weeks of sitting for the KDLE.
The pass mark for the entire examination will be determined by the Board of Examiners.
Re-sit for the examination
There is no limit to the number of attempts at the KDLE.
The fee for the KDLE will be determined by the Ministry of Health. This fee must accompany the Application Form. Any candidate who fails to appear for the examination will forfeit the registration fee. The fee must be paid for each attempt at the examination. The fee may be revised based on the costs of the examination.
Candidates must submit:
• A completed application form
• The full fee for the examination
• A certified true copy of the candidate's diploma for the basic dental degree
• Two passports size photos