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Test Construction

The Department of Testing Services (DTS) seeks volunteers to serve on test construction committees (TCCs) in support of critical examination programs.
Test constructors are responsible for developing clear, accurate test questions according to the specifications of the examination program. Through their work, TCC members can make a significant contribution to the profession.

Applications for test constructors can be submitted throughout the year. Applications received will be collected and applied to the appropriate application cycle, with selection decisions made in the second quarter of 2017.

The following examinations rely on TCC members:

Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
  • National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part I
  • National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part II
  • National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE)
  • Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE)
American Dental Association—Council on Dental Education and Licensure
  • Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

Time Commitment and Remuneration

NBDE, NBDHE, and ADAT TCCs typically meet annually for two to three days at the ADA headquarters in Chicago to develop examination content. INBDE TCCs can have several two- to three-day meetings per year.  Travel and hotel arrangements, reimbursement for ground transportation and hotel expenses (room and tax only), and a per diem of $75 per meeting day are provided. In addition, continuing education credit may be available to TCC members for their participation. (For details, please contact DTS at nbexams@ada.org).

How to Apply

Only individuals who submit a valid online application will be considered for appointment to a TCC.  Submissions of curriculum vitae will not be accepted.

General Information

The following documents provide information concerning TCCs, member selection criteria, and current vacancies. If you are eligible to be a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), then you must be an ADA member—or agree to become an ADA member—to serve on a TCC.  If you are ineligible to be an ADA member, this requirement would not apply.

•    Test Construction Committee Vacancies for 2016 and 2017 (PDF)
•    National Board Orientation Manual (PDF)
•    JCNDE Test Construction Committees and Member Selection Criteria (PDF)

Complete the Online Application

Click one of the links below to begin the online application process. Submit your application for TCC membership online:

Biomedical Science and Dental Educator Applicants

Dental Hygiene Applicants

General Dentist Applicants