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National Board Dental Examination Part II (NBDE Part II)

Information for candidates seeking to take the National Board Dental Examination Part II, offered through December 2022.
The NBDE Part II at a glance

Here’s a quick overview of the examination and the dates it will be available.

Info graphic for NBDE Part 2 that reads, "Accepted at All U.S. licensing jurisdictions that recognize the NBDE Part II , Available Until Dec 31, 2022, Offered at Prometric Test Centers in the U.S. and its territories and Canada, Test Time Day 1, 8 hours 15 min, Day 2, 4 hours 15 min".

About the NBDE Part II

The NBDE Part II examination is one of two national board dental examinations that have been replaced by the new Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE®). However, candidates who have already taken the NBDE Part I examination may want to follow up by taking the NBDE Part II, which will be offered through December 31, 2022.

If you have taken the NBDE Part I or the new INBDE examinations, you may be eligible to apply and take the NBDE Part II.

Eligibility guidelines for NBDE Part II (PDF)

More about the new INBDE 

More information and resources

The NBDE Part II Candidate Guide

The guide is your source for detailed information on all aspects of the examination, along with test preparation tools and other resources.

View the guide (PDF)

Create or manage your DENTPIN

To take your examination, you will need a unique personal identification number (DENTPINⓇ). If you have already registered for or taken another dental examination, you may already have a DENTPIN. Sign in here to create a new DENTPIN or to modify the information linked to your existing DENTPIN.


Steps to take before scheduling your examination

You will take the NBDE Part II at a testing center operated by Prometric, an approved vendor of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations and the Department of Testing Services. Before scheduling your test appointment, you must:

  • Review the NBDE Part II Candidate Guide, with special focus on eligibility requirements, rules of conduct, examination regulations and the testing center procedures.

    View the guide (PDF)
  • Review the arbitration agreement that applies to all test candidates.

    View arbitration agreement (PDF)
Submit your application

Submit an application to the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE). Please note:

  • Exam fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable. There are no exceptions. Your credit or debit card will be charged when you submit your application.
  • The name on your IDs must match exactly the name on your application or you will be denied admission to the test. If you are denied admission, you will need to submit a new application and your previous fee will be forfeited.
  • If you are attending a dental school that is not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation, complete and submit a Certificate of Eligibility, which requires a signature from the dean or registrar of your school and the university seal.

View Certificate of Eligibility (PDF)

  • Receive an eligibility email from the JCNDE confirming that you are ready to schedule your examination.

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Request testing accommodations

If you have a documented disability recognized under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you may request testing accommodations. When you apply for the examination, you will need to complete the Testing Accommodations Request Form and supporting documentation. Please note that your accommodations application is not complete until you have applied for the examination, submitted your written request and provided documentation.

View Testing Accommodations Request Form (PDF)

Schedule your test date

Once you have received a confirmation email from the JCNDE, you’re ready to choose your test date. You must take the examination no later than December 31, 2022.

Select a date and time by contacting Prometric directly via the link below. On the left-hand side of the page, select “Schedule,” then supply your preferred state to find a test center. Enter your DENTPIN as your eligibility ID. Then, choose the NBDE II option.

Select your test date

Reschedule or cancel your test date

Because the NBDE Part II will be discontinued on December 31, 2022, candidates have only ONE opportunity to reschedule and take the NBDE Part II by year-end. After December 31, all candidates who have not passed the NBDE Part II will take the INBDE instead.

If you need to cancel or reschedule, contact Prometric directly via the link below. You must make your request at least 24 hours ahead of your scheduled testing appointment. You will pay a fee directly to Prometric, based on the schedule shown here. Please note that leaving a message for the local Prometric test center is not sufficient, since they cannot schedule, reschedule or cancel your appointment.

Contact Prometric

EMERGENCY CANCELLATIONS: If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment due to sudden illness or death in your immediate family, contact the Department of Testing Services by emailing testingproblems@ada.org or calling 800.232.1694.

If you cancel or reschedule  Your fee will be  
 30 or more days before test date  $40
 5-29 days before scheduled test date  $70
 1-4 days before scheduled test date  $150
If you fail to appear for a scheduled testing appointment OR arrive 30 minutes after the scheduled start time and are refused admission  Full testing fee will be forfeited
References used to create NBDE Part II questions

The NBDE Part II is not based on any single textbook. Here are references that can help you prepare for the examination.

View NBDE Part II Reference List (PDF)

Day-of-test checklist

This test-day checklist is a useful resource as you prepare for your examination. It summarizes the most frequent issues that create complications for test takers on the day of testing. The Department of Testing Services (DTS) encourages you to read the entire candidate guide for the test you are taking. You can call 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)

Get your National Board certificate 

If you have successfully completed the NBDE Part II and want to purchase a National Board certificate, log in with your DENTPIN and password.

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