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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions regarding the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE), can be downloaded below:

  • What is the mission of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE)?
  • What is the purpose of the INBDE?
  • What is the history behind the INBDE?
  • Who is currently serving on the CIE?
  • Why does the Joint Commission believe that Part I and Part II of the current National Board Dental Examination need to be replaced by the INBDE?
  • What has been done so far to validate the INBDE?
  • What has the Joint Commission done to involve stakeholders and communities of interest?
  • What additional activities has the CIE engaged in, to support development?
  • Will outside consultants be hired to provide further expertise to this project
  • Why wasn’t the Joint Commission’s Standing Committee on Research and Development charged to create the new integrated examination?
  • Why do CIE members not rotate on and off the committee, as do the members of other Joint Commission committees?
  • If a student has taken NBDE Part I but not NBDE Part II when the INBDE is implemented, will he/she have to take the INBDE?
  • What will happen to the current NBDE Parts I and II?
  • Will the INBDE provide a numeric score?
  • Will the INBDE be a written test only, or will it have a clinical “hands on” component?
  • Will INBDE questions be presented differently than NBDE questions?
  • Will there be sample questions to help students and faculty members prepare?
  • When in the dental school curriculum is it envisioned that students will take the INBDE?
  • Will the INBDE impact the curriculum at my school?
  • How will the examination change? Will it just be a combination of the current NBDE Parts I and II? What will happen to the science content currently on NBDE Part I?
  • What does integrated mean? How will integrated INBDE questions differ from those on Part I and Part II?
  • Will the INBDE have any implications for the State Boards and licensing?
  • When will the INBDE be launched?
  • How many questions will be on the exam, and how long will it take to administer?
  • What will be the examination fee for the INBDE?
  • Will the INBDE be administered via computer at testing centers?
  • I would like to help with INBDE development and/or serve as a member of the CIE. Can I volunteer?
  • How can I stay informed about the INBDE?
  • How can I provide input about the INBDE?