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Change to NBDE and INBDE Eligibility Criteria
INBDE Practice Questions
Update to Eligibility Policy
Periodontology Terminology Update
INBDE Formal Notification
Online National Board Results
INBDE Implementation Plan
Reference Texts

Important Change to NBDE and INBDE Eligibility Criteria for Candidates from Non-Accredited Dental Programs

The Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) will be available for administration on August 1, 2020. 

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.

Candidates from accredited dental programs are not affected by this change.

INBDE Practice Questions

INBDE Practice Questions are available for candidates interested in taking the examination once it becomes available August 1, 2020. These questions were developed by test constructors who are developing the INBDE examination and were previously used for INBDE Field Tests.

Download the INBDE practice questions (PDF) that are now available for use by stakeholders and communities of interest in preparing for the INBDE.

All practice items are the copyrighted property of the JCNDE. The practice items are intended for the use of educators and students within the educational environment or for individual study and may not be reproduced in any format, whether paper or electronic, without expressed written permission of the JCNDE.

Update to Eligibility Policy

Under the JCNDE Five Years/Five Attempts Eligibility Rule, candidates must pass the examination within:

  • five years of their first attempt or
  • five examination attempts, whichever comes first

Subsequent to the fifth year or fifth attempt, candidates may test once every 12 months after their most recent examination attempt. 

Update to Periodontology Terminology

In the June 2018 issue of the Journal of Periodontology the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) published updates to its Classification of Periodontal and Peri-Implant Diseases and Conditions. Candidates completing examinations published through the Department of Testing Services—including those overseen by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations or by the American Dental Association—continue to be based on the prior (i.e., 1999) AAP disease classification. Candidates will be notified when examinations are updated to reflect the new terminology. 

INBDE Formal Notification

The JCNDE has issued a formal notification (PDF) that 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.  

National Board Results Available Online

National Board results are now available in My Account. Follow these instructions on how to access your results (PDF).

INBDE Implementation Plan

The INBDE implementation plan is available. It provides stakeholders and communities of interest with information regarding how INBDE implementation will occur, the information that will be made available to help facilitate the transition, and recommended actions for stakeholders and communities of interest. Please download and review the INBDE Implementation Plan and Recommended Actions (PDF) now.

The JCNDE meets once a year and information on actions taken at the April 2015 JCNDE meeting are now available. The most recent and earlier reports can be downloaded on the Unofficial Reports page.

Reference Texts

The National Board Dental exam items are not based on specific textbooks. Test Construction committees use the following resources: