Admission Tests and Dental Exams
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Testing Services at the American Dental Association (ADA) provides professional psychometric and test development services for high stakes testing programs in dentistry and healthcare. This service develops and implements licensure and admission testing programs under the purview of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE), the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL), and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO).
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- The JCNDE examinations include the National Board Dental Examination (NBDE Part II), the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE), the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE), and the Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinic Examination (DLOSCE).
- CDEL oversees the Dental Admission Test (DAT), the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT) and the Admission Test for Dental Hygiene for admission into dental, advanced dental and dental hygiene education programs, respectively.
- ASCO oversees the Optometry Admission Test (OAT) for admission into optometry education programs.
- The ADA Board of Trustees approved a steering committee to oversee the development and launch of the Admission Test for Dental Hygiene.
Each of the examination programs rely heavily on dedicated teams of highly qualified volunteers who provide the necessary content expertise to help ensure that each examination is valid and reliable, in accordance with professional standards. These volunteer test constructors develop test questions that are clear, accurate, and support the purpose of the corresponding testing program. On behalf of the governing bodies noted above, DTS seeks qualified subject matter experts who are willing to serve as Test Constructors.
Additionally, there is an ongoing need for patient images for use within examination programs such as the National Board Dental Examinations. These materials are extremely valuable for assessing examinee knowledge and problem solving skills.
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Dental Admission Test (DAT)
The DAT is taken before entering dental school. It is a multiple choice test.
Read more about the DAT
Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)
Generally, third and fourth year dental students, practicing dentists, and international students are encouraged to apply.
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Admission Test for Dental Hygiene (ATDH)
This test is taken before entering dental hygiene school. It is anticipated to launch later this year.
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Dental Hygiene Licensure OSCE (DHLOSCE)
The Dental Hygiene Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination is scheduled to launch in 2024.
National Board Dental Examination
(NBDE) Part II
Candidates who seek licensure to practice dentistry must have an eligibility letter to take the exam.
Learn about the exam
National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE)
Dental Hygienist must take this exam to obtain licensure. Candidates must be eligible to test.
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Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE)
The INBDE integrates content from the sciences. This exam has replaced the NBDE Part I and will replace Part II.
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Dental Licensure OSCE
The Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE) has launched.
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Optometry Admission Test (OAT)
The OAT is a multiple choice test that helps determine an applicant's potential for success.
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There is an ongoing need for patient images for use within examination programs.
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Volunteer Test Constructors
Use your knowledge to develop test questions. Qualified subject matter experts are needed.