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Mississippi adopts ADEX exam

June 25, 2012

By Karen Fox, ADA News staff

Jackson, Miss.—Mississippi is turning to a familiar source for its dental licensing examinations.

The State Board of Dental Examiners has decided to use the American Board of Dental Examiners (ADEX) exams for its dental and dental hygiene candidates in 2013 and accept the results of ADEX exams taken since Jan. 1, 2012. “The board felt our candidates in Mississippi would have greater freedom of movement to a larger number of states,” said Diane Howell, executive director of the Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners.

The decision is a win-win for the students and the state of Mississippi. “Our goal is to have a uniform exam across the nation,” said Dr. Bruce Barrette, president of ADEX, a test development entity in 43 states. “This is a positive step in that direction.”

Mississippi will continue to accept results from the Council of Interstate Testing Agencies Inc., but will no longer administer the examination. The state now solely administers the ADEX examinations with the assistance of the Northeast Regional Board Inc. (NERB) and accepts the exam results from all ADEX-member states.

ADEX has 29 member state dental boards and its exams are administered by Nevada, Florida, Hawaii, the NERB and beginning in 2013, the Southeast Regional Testing Agency. With the addition of Mississippi, 34 dental and 101 dental hygiene schools will administer the ADEX exams.

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