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Volunteers sought to help develop dental licensure, admission tests

January 07, 2019

By Kimber Solana

The Department of Testing Services is seeking volunteer subject matter experts to help develop clear and accurate test questions for high-stakes testing programs in dentistry and health care.

Test constructors are responsible for developing clear, accurate test questions in accordance with the specifications of examination programs. Responsibilities may include writing and providing case materials, submitting clinical images, writing reading passages, drawing visuospatial graphics and reviewing examination forms.

The deadline to submit volunteer applications is Feb. 8.

The Department of Testing Services is a shared service of the ADA that provides professional psychometric and test development services for high-stakes testing programs in dentistry and health care. Testing Services develops and implements licensure and admission testing programs under the purview of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, the ADA Board of Trustees, the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.

The following examinations rely on volunteer subject matter experts:

  • National Board Dental Examination parts I and II.
  • National Board Dental Hygiene Examination.
  • Integrated National Board Dental Examination.
  • Advanced Dental Admission Test.
  • Dental Admission Test.
  • Optometry Admission Test.
  • Dental Licensure Objective Structured Clinical Examination.

Volunteers don't need prior experience with test development in order to apply. Testing Services staff will provide training and resources to help volunteers write and review items. Each exam program meeting typically lasts for two to three days at ADA Headquarters in Chicago. Reimbursement for transportation, hotel expenses and a per diem are provided. In addition, continuing education credit may be available to volunteers for their participation.

For more information, contact Testing Services at or visit