What is the Assessment of Clinical Skills?
The Assessment of Clinical Skills (ACS) exam is the second or third phase of the Equivalency Process that graduates from non-accredited dental programs must pass in order to be eligible for Canadian dental licensure and certification. The exam, held over 2 days, tests the practical skills of aspiring dentists by requiring them to complete 12 specific projects in a simulated dental clinic environment. All tests are conducted on mannequins under specific infection control rules that apply throughout the exam.
Aside from clinical skills, the ACS exam also evaluates aspiring dentists’ skills in material hygiene, infection control, and record-keeping.