University of Sydney Dentistry Interview Questions
The University of Sydney does not interview for its graduate entry Doctor of Dental Medicine course. However, it does ‘reserve the right to ask some applicants to participate in further assessment using another selection tool.’ It explains further that offers ‘will be made in sequence commencing with the applicant with the highest ranked score. Should it arise that applicants are ranked equally, the University reserves the right to use an additional selection tool, such as an interview or Situational Judgement Test (SJT).’ You should therefore be prepared for an interview even as a graduate applicant.
As a graduate applicant you must hold either a bachelor’s degree accredited at Level 7 under the Australian Qualifications Framework or a bachelor’s degree (with honours) accredited at Level 8 under the Australian Qualifications Framework. If applying from abroad, you will need a degree from a university recognised by the National Office of Overseas Skills. You must have completed your bachelor’s degree by January of the year in which you intend to commence the degree at Sydney. You must have studied for a minimum of three years. You will then be ranked through the GAMSAT, and separated into different streams for different entrance pathways. You should note that the scores for each section of the GAMSAT will be used to rank applicants. Overall GAMSAT scores and average GAMSAT scores will not be used in the assessment and ranking of applications.’
As an undergraduate, you should expect the university to make use of your personal statement, as well as your ATAR score, and your subsequent performance in both a written assessment and a panel discussion session. This latter test should be seen as a panel interview. You will need a minimum ATAR score of 99 to be considered. The undergraduate course consists of a primary degree of three years, followed by the four year dental degree.
The interview for undergraduates is a panel interview, likely to consist of traditional dentistry interview questions. You should expect the panel to consist of a mixture of academics drawn from the university, practising dentists, dental students, and patients with an interest in health or education.
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For graduates, you should be aware of the GAMSAT testing window. There will typically be an information evening at the end of April before applications open at the start of May. GAMSAT results will be released at the end of May, which is when domestic applications will close. First round offers will be made in the middle of August and may continue until January.
For school leavers looking to commence the Bachelor of Science & Doctor of Dental Surgery, you should be aware that the assessment day will be in December.
Sample & Recent Interview Questions
Motivation and Insight into Dentistry
- What stood out to you during your work experience?
What made you realise that you wanted to be a dentist?
- Do you feel that your work experience provided you with a sufficient variety of insights into Dentistry?
- Why are you interested in being a dentist rather than a doctor?
- What skills or qualities did you note in the dentists that you observed during your work experience?
- What other team members were present during your work experience, beyond dentists or student dentists?
- What unique challenges do you think dentists in Australia might face?
Have you considered practising in a rural area? Do you think that practising as a rural dentist would be difficult?
Australia has a hugely diverse population. How do you think that this might impact being a dentist here?
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The Course at Sydney
- What interests you about the course at Sydney in particular?
- What do you like about the idea of studying in Sydney?
- Why do you think that going through this program – of sitting a bachelor’s degree here before sitting your Doctor of Dentistry here – is the right path for you?
What will you bring to our university that sets you apart from other applicants?
- Are you looking forward to the chance to take on research whilst studying here?
Teamwork & Communication Stations
- Are you a good leader?
- What did you think of the communication skills of the dentists that you have shadowed?
- What do you think are the qualities of a good leader?
Do you find it easier to work independently or as part of a team?
- As a dental student, how would you reassure an anxious patient whilst they were in the waiting room?