Format and Content

OSCE items are developed based on the Competencies for a Beginning Dental Practitioner in Canada.

March 2021

In March 2021 only, the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) will be administered in a booklet format.

The OSCE includes two sessions administered on the same day. Each session will include 50 MCQs and one constructed response question.

OSCE questions will require that you review the information provided (e.g. case history, dental charts, photographs, radiographs) and answer multiple response type questions. Each multiple response type question will have up to 15 answer options and one or more correct answers. For constructed response questions, you will be required to review the information provided and write an acceptable prescription for a medication commonly prescribed by general dentists in Canada

May and November 2021

The Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) will be a station type examination held in a morning and afternoon session. You will have five minutes to answer the questions at each station.

There are two types of questions in the OSCE. Most stations have two questions and require that you review the information supplied (e.g., case history, dental charts, photographs, radiographic images, casts, models, videos) and answer extended match-type questions.  Each extended match-type question will have up to 15 answer options and one or more correct answers. Some stations require the candidate to review the information supplied and write an acceptable prescription for a medication commonly prescribed by general dentists in Canada. 

The OSCE Protocol provides specific details regarding the format and scheduling of the examination.

Ensure you download the protocol for the exam session you are registered or planning to register for, the schedule for the March 2021 OSCE differs from May and November.

Terminology

The NDEB updates examination questions on a regular basis as new knowledge becomes available.

Periodontics

Examinations administered in 2021 will use the 2018 American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) disease classification. The 1999 AAP old term may be included in brackets after the new term when applicable.

Example: supracrestal tissue attachment (biologic width).

OSCE Protocol

Protocols contain important information regarding the OSCE. This document should be read carefully.

Download the 2021 OSCE Protocol.

Scoring

Score sheets are electronically scanned and processed. Results are then verified manually at least three times. An additional verification is done of all results close to the passing score before they are released to candidates.

A test equated, re-scaled score of 75 or greater is reported as a Pass. A test equated, re-scaled score of less than 75 is reported as a Fail and will include the test equated, re-scaled score. No further breakdown of results is available.

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Passing Standard

In order to ensure the consistency of scores on all the versions of the examination, the NDEB uses a test equating and rescaling procedure. This procedure correlates the established passing score on a standardized reference examination with the current version of the examination and determines the standardized mark. The NDEB maintains a standardized passing score of 75 on all assessments and examinations. 

For more information regarding the processes used to select questions and analyze and test equate examinations, please download Information on test equating and question selection

You can take the OSCE a maximum of three times.

Appeals and Rescores

There is a compassionate appeal process and a rescore process available for candidates who took the OSCE.

For more information, refer to the Appeals section of our website.