NBDE Part I and Part II General Information
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NBDE Part I will be Discontinued
The Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) will be available for administration beginning on August 1, 2020. The NBDE Part I will be discontinued on July 31, 2020, and the NBDE Part II will be discontinued on August 1, 2022. More information is available on the INBDE webpages.
In anticipation of this launch, candidates from non-accredited dental programs who have NOT yet successfully completed the NBDE Part I:
- May NOT take the NBDE (Part I and Part II) after May 31, 2020.
- Must take the INBDE to receive National Board Examination (NBE) certification, beginning August 1, 2020.
- Any application submitted after November 30, 2019, will automatically be assigned a testing window that ends May 31, 2020.
Note: If a candidate from a non-accredited dental program has successfully completed the NBDE Part I by May 31, 2020, the candidate will still be eligible to take the NBDE Part II until July 31, 2022.
Important Note Concerning Periodontics Terminology:
Candidates from accredited dental programs are not affected by this change.
In 2017, the American Academy of Periodontology introduced new classifications. These new classifications will be implemented in the summer of 2020. Download the classifications below.
During the transition period, it is recommended that individuals become knowledgeable with both sets of classifications, because individual researchers, practitioners, and existing textbooks can communicate information using either set of classifications. Periodontal educators recommend that individuals refer to the 2017 World Workshop On the Classification of Periodontal and Peri-implant Diseases and Conditions on the American Academy of Periodontology website.
Apply to Take the NBDE
You will be asked to confirm that you have read the Guide and agree to the rules and regulations.
A DENTPIN will be required to apply to take the test. If you have previously applied for, or taken, the DAT, NBDE, or NBDHE, you already have a DENTPIN®. Retrieve, register, or get more information about DENTPIN.
For more information about the examinations and how scores are reported, download and review the:
To access the NBDE applications, see the tabs on the left navigation. Examination fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable. There are no exceptions. Your credit or debit card will be charged when you submit your application.
Request for Accommodations
An individual is considered to have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment. Major life activities include seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, learning, caring for oneself, and working.
English as a second language, test anxiety, slow reading without an identified underlying physical or mental deficit, or failure to achieve a desired outcome are generally not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Additional information on eligibility can be downloaded from the links below:
The name on your IDs must match exactly the name on your application or you will be denied admission to test. If you are denied admission, you will need to submit a new application. Your previous fee will be forfeited.
Electronic Notification of NBDE Eligibility
The timeline for processing your application depends on your status as an applicant. The eligibility requirements are outlined in the Guide. Once your application has been processed, you will receive an email notification concerning your eligibility to test and instructions for scheduling an appointment. Please check your spam folder if you are unable to locate the notification.
Schedule a Time to Take the Examination
Schedule your examination appointment 60 to 90 days before your desired exam date. Please remember, you may schedule your examination appointment with Prometric only upon receipt of your eligibility notification.
Rescheduling Examination Appointments
Reschedule your examination appointment by contacting Prometric. Rescheduling will result in a fee paid directly to Prometric.
Please note as of November 1, 2019, changes have been made to the reschedule/cancellation policy for this examination:
| Cancellation/Reschedule period
| 30 or more days before test date
| 5-29 days before scheduled test date
| 1-4 days before scheduled test date
|Penalty if candidate fails to appear for a scheduled
testing appointment OR presents themselves more than
30 minutes after the scheduled start time and is refused
| full testing fee will be forfeited
Take the Exam at a Prometric Test Center
The NBDE Part II must be scheduled for two consecutive days at the same test center. If you have concerns about scheduling issues, examination conditions, or any other unresolved problems, inform the test administrator before leaving the test center. For issues requiring further action, email firstname.lastname@example.org within five business days after the scheduled examination appointment.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment due to an emergency please contact the Department of Testing Services by emailing email@example.com or calling 800.232.1694.
Testing Schedule Change
The schedule change for each of the National Board Examinations is now in effect.
An optional, 15-minute scheduled break has been added to each section of the National Board Examinations.
Please download and read about the schedule change information in the respective National Board Guides
This change does not affect the total testing time required for the examinations, with the exception of adding 15 minutes to Day 2 of the NBDE Part II. To compensate for the additional 30 minutes of break time, the optional scheduled lunch break has been shortened from 60 minutes to 30 minutes. Please make any necessary preparations and adjustments in anticipation of the shortened lunch break.
The additional breaks occur after a specified number of questions have been answered, NOT according to the amount of time that has elapsed.
Once you have answered the questions, you must review your answers to those questions before taking the optional 15 minute break. You will NOT be able to return to the first set of questions after you have finished the review. Candidates who have been granted additional time as part of a testing accommodation will not receive additional scheduled breaks, but can instead be granted additional unscheduled breaks.
Joint Commission data suggest that examinees tend to spend more time on patient case testlets than on standalone items. Please make sure to pace yourself appropriately as you work through the examination, noting in particular the presence of testlets in examination sections.
As a reminder, you may access your locker during scheduled breaks, but NOT during unscheduled breaks. Accessing your locker during an unscheduled break can result in the voiding of your scores and a mandatory retest wait period of up to two years.
Exam Preparation Material and Helpful Information
The American Student Dental Association offers reprints of previous versions of the NBDE Part I and NBDE Part II. To purchase copies of these examinations, visit the ASDA Online Store.
Download the Test Day Checklist
Please download and review this test day checklist (PDF) for a summary of the most frequent issues that create complications for candidates on the day of testing. The Department of Testing Services (DTS) encourages you to read the entire guidebook for the test you are taking and to call the DTS at 800.232.2162 with any questions.
Also, download and read the following documents for additional important information.
NBDE Part II:
Helpful Prometric Information
Prometric Biometric Enabled Check-In
Examination Item Development Guide
Item Development Guide
This publication of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations provides item development guidelines to new and current item writers to augment the quality and quantity of new exam items into our item bank. The use of the item development guidelines should increase the chances that submitted items will be accepted. The Exam Item Development Guide is intended:
- To inform dental and academic communities of interest about the item development process for National Board Dental and Dental Hygiene Examinations.
- To encourage participation in our item development and review activities.
- To broaden our base of item writers, item reviewers, and future examination constructors.
- To replenish our item pool with current knowledge in a variety of item formats.
Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
211 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
NBDE Results Information and Audit Request
National Board results are available in My Account. Follow these instructions on how to access your results.
To order your examination results, please select the NBDE Part I and Part II Results Request in the left navigation.
Examination results are audited for accuracy before being posted. To order an audit request of your results, you must login with your DENTPIN.
Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations
211 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Test Security and Fraud Prevention
To report issues and incidents of fraud, sharing of test content, and breaches of test integrity and the testing contract, please contact the Department of Testing Services at TestSecurity@ada.org.
Please download and read the following document: