NERB - North East Regional Board
NERB administers two formats of the ADEX:
Curriculum Integrated Format (senior dental students):
This format of the ADEX Dental Exam consists of 5 sections; the Restorative, the Periodontal, the Prosthodontic, the Endodontic and the Diagnostic Skills Exam (DSE) Examinations.
The Prosthodontic and Endodontic Examinations are offered at the candidate’s dental school in September or October during the senior year. If either examination is failed it may be retaken in December.
The Restorative and Periodontal Examinations are offered at the candidate’s dental school during February or March during the senior year. If either of these examinations is failed or if the candidate failed the retake of the Prosthodontic and/or Endodontic examinations in December, then the failed examination(s) may be retaken one more time in April or May of the senior year.
Candidates must take all outstanding parts during the next scheduled examination series. All parts of the examination must be completed successfully within 18 months of the date any part of the examination (clinical or computer-based) was begun or the scores will become invalid and the candidate must apply for and take the full Traditional Exam Format.
A score of 75 or more is required to pass each Examination. Application deadline for the CIF Examination is typically at the end of June. Applications received after the application deadline date will not be accepted.
Traditional Format (graduate dentists or those within 45 days of graduation):
This format of the ADEX Dental Exam consists of five sections; the Restorative, the Periodontal, the Prosthodontic, the Endodontic and the Diagnostic Skills Exam (DSE) Examinations.
The Restorative, Periodontal, Prosthodontic, and Endodontic Examinations are offered at multiple sites three times a year. The series are identified as the Spring Series, the Summer Series and the Winter Series. Candidates applying for the first time, must register to take all Examinations of the Examination in Dentistry. Candidates may take the Restorative, Periodontal, Prosthodontic and Endodontic Examinations only once during each Series.
If a candidate receives failing scores, the candidate must reapply and retake all failed examinations together at the same site except the DSE. All outstanding or failed examinations must be taken before scheduling a retake of any one examination.
The DSE may be taken up to three times during a 12-month period beginning with the application deadline date for the full Examination in Dentistry at any Prometric Testing Center. A score of 75 or more is required to pass each Examination.
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