NBDHE General Information
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 firstname.lastname@example.org within five business days after the scheduled examination appointment.
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
Official results will be mailed to candidates within three to four weeks of the examination date. Please retain the results for your records. Candidates can request additional results reports using the NBDHE Results Request on 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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Chicago, IL 60611
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