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Volunteer Test Constructor Information

The Department of Testing Services (DTS) seeks volunteers to serve as test constructors in support of critical examination programs.
Test constructors are responsible for developing clear, accurate test questions according to the specifications of the examination program. Through their volunteer work, they can make a significant contribution to the profession.

Applications for test constructors can be submitted throughout the year. Applications received will be collected and applied to the appropriate application cycle, with selection decisions made in the second quarter of 2018.

The following examinations rely on volunteer members:

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 
  • Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)
  • Dental Admission Test (DAT)
  • Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination (DLOSCE)
  • Optometry Admission Test (OAT)

Time Commitment and Travel

NBDE, NBDHE, ADAT, DAT, OAT and DLOSCE volunteer Test Constructors typically meet annually for two to three days at the ADA headquarters in Chicago to develop examination content. INBDE volunteer test constructors can have several 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 volunteer members for their participation. (For details, please contact DTS at

How to Apply

Only individuals who submit a valid online application will be considered for appointment to become a volunteer Test Constructor.  Submissions of curriculum vitae will not be accepted.

General Information and ADA Membership Requirement

The following documents provide information concerning volunteer Test Constructor 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—to serve as a volunteer Test Constructor.  If you are ineligible to be an ADA member, this requirement would not apply.

•    Volunteer Test Constructor Vacancies for 2018 and 2019 (PDF)
•    National Board Orientation Manual (PDF)
•    JCNDE Volunteer Test Constructor Selection Criteria (PDF)

Complete the Online Application

Click one of the links below to begin the online application process. Submit your application to become a volunteer Test Constructor online:

Application for DAT, OAT, ADAT, NBDE Parts I and II, INBDE, DLOSCE

Application for NBDHE