Approved participants can register for the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK), by logging on to their online profile.

Format and Content

Format

The AFK is administered in two books of 150 multiple-choice questions. Each book is given in a three hour session. The sessions are held in the morning and afternoon of one day.

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The AFK Protocol provides specific details regarding the format and scheduling of the assessment.

Content

The assessment Blueprint outlined below shows the content areas and approximate percentages of questions in each area. 

Terminology

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

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Periodontics

The NDEB is aware that the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) published a new disease classification in the Journal of Periodontology in June 2018. All NDEB examinations and assessments will use the previous AAP classification (1999).

The NDEB will notify examinees when the new disease classification is incorporated into its examinations and assessments.

Endodontics

NDEB examinations and assessments use the terminology adopted by the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) in 2009.

Antibiotics

The NDEB is aware of the most current guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis as published in North America and in the reference texts used by Canadian Dental Programs.

AFK Protocol

The Protocol contain important information regarding the AFK. This document should be read carefully.

Download the 2019 AFK Protocol in PDF format.

Scoring

Assessment results 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 participants.

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. Results 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 assessment, the NDEB uses a test equating procedure. This procedure correlates a standardized reference assessment with the current version of the assessment 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 assessments and examinations please download Information on Test Equating and question selection

You can take the AFK a maximum of three times. 

Appeals and Rescores

Details on Appeals and Rescores can be found in the Appeals section of our website.