NBDHE General Information
National Board results are now available in My Account. Follow these instructions on how to access your results.
To report issues and incidents of fraud, content compromise and sharing of test content, and breaches of test integrity and testing contract, please contact the Department of Testing Services at TestSecurity@ada.org.
Apply to Take the NBDHE
You will be asked to confirm you have read the Guide
and agree to the rules and regulations.
A DENTPIN will be required to apply to take the test. If you have previously applied for, or taken, the DAT, NBDE, or NBDHE, you already have a DENTPIN. Retrieve, register, or get more information about DENTPIN.
Download and review the NBDHE Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) and the NBDHE Frequently Asked Questions About Scoring (PDF).
The NBDHE application can be found on the left navigation.
Examination fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. There are no exceptions. Your credit or debit card will be charged when you submit your application.
The name on your IDs must match exactly the name on your application or you will be denied admission to test. If you are denied admission, you will need to submit a new application. Your previous fee will be forfeited.
Electronic Notification of NBDHE Eligibility
The timeline for processing your application depends on your status as an applicant. The eligibility requirements are outlined in the Guide. Once your application has been processed, you will receive an email notification concerning your eligibility to test and instructions for scheduling an appointment. Please check your spam folder if you are unable to locate the notification.
Schedule a Time to Take the Examination
Schedule a testing appointment with Pearson VUE 60 to 90 days before your desired exam date. Please remember, you may schedule your examination appointment with Pearson VUE only upon receipt of your eligibility notification.
Rescheduling Examination Appointments
Reschedule your examination appointment by contacting Pearson VUE at least 24 hours before your appointment. The rescheduling fee is $25. Reschedule an appointment by contacting Pearson VUE at 1-888-456-2830 or at www.pearsonvue.com. Leaving a message for a local test center is not sufficient; the local test center cannot schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment.
Take the Exam at a Pearson VUE Test Center
If you have concerns about scheduling issues, examination conditions, or any unresolved problems, inform the test administrator before leaving the test center. For issues requiring further action, email email@example.com within five business days after the scheduled examination appointment.
Schedule Change Information
The schedule change for each of the National Board Examinations is now in effect.
An optimal 15-minute scheduled break has been added to each section of the National Board Examinations.
Please download and read about the schedule change information in the respective National Board Guides
This change does not affect the total testing time required for the examinations, with the exception of adding 15 minutes to Day 2 of the NBDE Part II. To compensate for the additional 30 minutes of break time, the optional scheduled lunch break has been shortened from 60 minutes to 30 minutes. Please make any necessary preparations and adjustments in anticipation of the shortened lunch break.
The additional breaks occur after a specified number of questions have been answered, NOT according to the amount of time that has elapsed. Once you have answered the questions, you must review your answers to those questions before taking the optional 15 minute break. You will NOT be able to return to the first set of questions after you have finished the review. Candidates who have been granted additional time as part of a testing accommodation will not receive additional scheduled breaks, but can instead be granted additional unscheduled breaks.
Joint Commission data suggest that examinees tend to spend more time on patient case testlets than on standalone items. Please make sure to pace yourself appropriately as you work through the examination, noting in particular the presence of testlets in examination sections. As a reminder, you may access your locker during scheduled breaks, but NOT during unscheduled breaks. Accessing your locker during an unscheduled break can result in the voiding of your scores and a mandatory retest wait period of up to two years.
Exam Preparation Material and Helpful Information
Please download and read the following documents for additional important information regarding the NBDHE:
The list of NBDHE reference texts can be downloaded from the link below:
An interactive tutorial is available to download on the Pearson VUE Website. The NBDHE tutorial provides information to successfully navigate through the items and case materials in the examination. The case images can be enlarged on screen six of the tutorial by clicking the magnifying glass (zoom in) a maximum of three times. The tutorial is provided at the Pearson VUE test centers prior to taking the examination.
The Sample Test (PDF) may also be helpful to review.
Released Item Sets
Released items from NBDHE are available for sale. To order please follow the instructions on the form below:
Examination Item Development Guide
Item Development Guide
This publication of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations provides item development guidelines to new and current item writers to augment the quality and quantity of new exam items into our item bank. The use of the item development guidelines should increase the chances that submitted items will be accepted. The Examination Item Development Guide is intended:
- To inform dental and academic communities of interest about the item development process for National Board Dental and Dental Hygiene Examinations.
- To encourage participation in our item development and review activities.
- To broaden our base of item writers, item reviewers, and future examination constructors.
- To replenish our item pool with current knowledge in a variety of item formats.
NBDHE Results Information and Audit Request
To order your examination results, please select the NBDHE Results Request in the left navigation.
Examination results are audited for accuracy before being mailed. If you would like your results rechecked for accuracy, complete the form below and submit the appropriate fee:
• Audit My NBDHE (PDF)
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Test Security and Fraud Prevention
To report issues and incidents of fraud, sharing of test content, and breaches of test integrity and testing contract, please contact the Department of Testing Services at TestSecurity@ada.org