Important changes to the NDEB standardized passing score

January 1, 2015

Starting on January 2, 2015, a new standardized passing score will come into effect for the National Dental Examining Board’s Written Examination, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), and Assessment of Clinical Judgement (ACJ). Based on the recommendation of an expert committee, the NDEB has revised the standardized passing score for these examinations and assessments from 65 to 75. This will bring Canada in line with international standards.

It is important to note that this change will not have any impact on the difficulty or reliability of NDEB examinations and assessments. The Board continues to use a test equating process to ensure that all administrations of a particular examination or assessment are of equivalent difficulty.

Additional details about the new standardized passing score can be found in the examination and assessment protocols on the NDEB website at Please contact  for any questions about NDEB policies and processes.