Prepare for the INBDE

Tools and resources to help you prepare for the Integrated National Board Dental Examination.

Getting ready for success with the INBDE

The Integrated National Board Dental Examination is overseen by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE), an independent agency of the American Dental Association, in collaboration with the Department of Testing Services (DTS). Tests are administered by Prometric at authorized test centers across the country.

Below you will find helpful tools and resources that can assist you in preparing for your upcoming exam. For complete details on the exam, refer to the INBDE Candidate Guide. Frequently asked questions are covered on the INBDE home page.

View the INBDE Candidate Guide (PDF)

View the Common Acronyms and Abbreviations (PDF)

Visit the INBDE home page

Learn more about the INDBE, which replaces NBDE Part I and Part II examinations.
Sharpen your skills with sample questions created by INBDE test constructors.

More INBDE test preparation resources

About INBDE practice questions 

INBDE practice questions are developed by test constructors who were involved in creating the exam. They are examples of what test candidates might see when they take the exam for licensure purposes. The questions can be downloaded and used by other stakeholders and communities who would like to learn more about the INBDE. All practice questions and tools are the copyrighted property of the JCNDE. They 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 express written permission of the JCNDE. Download test questions (PDF).

Day-of-test checklist

This test day checklist is a useful resource as you prepare for your examination. It was created as a summary of the most frequent issues that create complications for examinees on the day of testing. The Department of Testing Services (DTS) encourages you to read the entire guidebook for the test you are taking and to call the DTS at 800.232.1694 with any questions.

  1. I am bringing two original, current (not expired) forms of identification (ID) to the testing center: one government-issued ID, with my photograph and signature (e.g., driver’s license or passport) and one ID with my signature (e.g., Social Security card, credit card, debit card or library card).
  2. The name on my application matches my IDs exactly. I will contact the DTS if there is any possibility of a mismatch. Examples of names that do NOT match: Joseph Anthony Smith and J. Anthony Smith, Joseph A. Smith, or Joseph Anthony Smith-Johnson.
  3. I will leave all non-essential items at home.
  4. I will store all personal items – cell phone, food, candy, beverages, pens, pencils, lip balm, wallets, keys, jackets, etc. – in the assigned locker at the testing center. I understand that I may not access these items during testing or an unscheduled break.
  5. I will double-check my pockets to ensure they are empty before I sign in to test.
  6. I will follow the instructions of the test administrator and the rules of the testing center.
  7. I know what to do if I encounter a problem at the testing center. If I experience a problem with testing conditions, I must notify the test administrator immediately.
  8. I have made arrangements for my ride or to notify my family or friends after I complete my test and have signed out of the test center. I will not use my cell phone or other electronic devices in the test center or during my testing session.

Download the checklist (PDF)

INBDE development guide. Learn more about the INBDE fundamentals and an overview of the items development process.
Fact sheets to assist dental students, dental schools and dental boards 
INBDE Test Specifications and other resources
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Volunteer as a test constructor

Lend your talents to future applicants. The Department of Testing Services needs volunteer subject matter experts to assist with test construction. Volunteers may also earn CE credit.