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NDEB Cancels Examinations following Investigation into Cheating

The NDEB continues to investigate potential exposure and unauthorized use of NDEB examination content.  While this investigation is ongoing, the NDEB has cancelled the upcoming administrations of the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK) as it determines the best way to move forward.

“Widespread cheating impacts everybody,” stated NDEB Executive Director Marie Dagenais. “The consequences of direct or indirect participation in this type of behaviour will result not only in the cancellation of examinations but increased fees.”

The NDEB expects to have to raise the fee for the AFK to account for the financial loss associated with exposed questions and unauthorized use of NDEB examination content and to support development of new examination content.

“It is unfortunate that the actions of some will have such a broad impact on others; however, the NDEB cannot consider an examination that contains exposed questions a valid and reliable assessment of knowledge for prospective dentists in Canada,” stated Dr. Caroline Nguyen, NDEB Director of Examinations.

The NDEB is urging anyone with information about test reconstruction, unauthorized use of NDEB examination content, including released examination materials, or any other forms of cheating to come forward. “Persons engaging, whether directly or indirectly, in these activities do not exemplify the minimum standards of honesty, integrity, and professionalism expected of dentists in Canada,” added Dr. Dagenais. “The actions of some are, unfortunately, tarnishing the reputation of others, and only when the persons responsible are identified and held accountable can we begin to change this perception”.

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