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Test Construction

The Department of Testing Services (DTS) is a shared service of the American Dental Association that provides psychometric and test development services for examination programs within the dental and dental hygiene professions.  DTS seeks volunteers who are willing to serve on Test Construction Committees (TCCs) in support of critical examination programs. Test constructors are responsible for developing test questions that are clear, accurate, and targeted towards the purpose of their corresponding examination program. Question development takes place in accordance with established test specifications. Through their work, TCC members can make a significant contribution to the profession.

Apply now for TCC vacancies for the examination programs indicated below. Applications must be submitted electronically by March 7, 2016, for consideration in decisions made in 2016. ADAT appointments will be announced by May 1, 2016.  National Board appointments will be announced in June 2016. Applications received after March 7, 2016 will be collected and applied to the subsequent application cycle, with corresponding selection decisions made in the 2nd quarter of 2017.

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 such 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 (please contact DTS for details).

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—in order to serve on a TCC.  If you are ineligible to be an ADA Member then 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 and submit your application for TCC membership:

Biomedical Science and Dental Educator Applicants

Dental Hygiene Applicants

General Dentist Applicants