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Test Construction Vacancy Information

Update: Application deadline extended through February 25, 2015

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. On an annual basis, a call is issued to solicit 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, clinically relevant, and targeted towards the purpose of their corresponding examination program. Question development takes place in accordance with established test specifications. Through their work, members of test construction committees can make a significant contribution to the profession.

Apply now for TCC vacancies for the following examination programs (first calendar year of commitment is indicated in parentheses):

Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations

  • National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part I (2016)
  • National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Part II (2016)
  • National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) (2016)
  • Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) (2016)

American Dental Association

  • Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) (2015 and 2016)

Three of the aforementioned examination programs (NBDE Parts I and II, NBDHE) are operational, while two are currently in development (INBDE and ADAT). The INBDE will serve as a licensure examination that will ultimately replace NBDE Parts I and II; the ADAT is an admissions test for use by advanced dental education programs. Communities of interest will be provided with four years of advance notice before the INBDE is implemented. The ADAT is anticipated to be available for pilot administration in the first quarter of 2016. Additional information concerning the INBDE is available here. Additional information concerning the ADAT will be forthcoming on www.ada.org.

Please read the documents provided below for additional information.


When downloading your application form, please use the Internet Explorer browser.

If your application does not go through when you press the SUBMIT button in the upper right hand corner of the personal data form, please save and email the completed form to testconstructor@ada.org. If you have not received confirmation within 24-36 business hours, please contact Jonathan Sprague at 312.440.2706.

General Information

Basic Science and Dental Educator Applicants

Full-Time Practitioner Applicants

Dental Hygiene Applicants

Continuing Education (CE) credit may be available to TCC members for their participation (please contact DTS for details).

Submission Instructions and Deadline
Submit your completed application (i.e., Personal Data Form) electronically by pressing the Submit Form button (in the highlighted purple bar) in the upper right corner of the PDF form.

Applications must be submitted electronically by February 15, 2015 February 25, 2015. ADAT 2015 appointments will be announced by March 31, 2015. National Board appointments will be announced by May 29, 2015.