2021 Assessment of Clinical Skills Updated February 2021

2021 Assessment of Clinical Judgement

2021 Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge Updated April 2021

2021 DSCKE Protocol

2021 NDSE Protocol Updated April 2021

2021 OSCE Protocol May and November New

2021 Written Examination

Multi-Answer Multiple-Choice Questions

Some NDEB examinations contain a question format described as multi-answer multiple-choice. This question type includes a question with one or more correct answers. The grade you receive on each question depends on if you select all the correct answers, some of the correct answers, or an incorrect answer. All questions have a maximum score of 1 and a minimum score of 0. Every answer in a multi-answer multiple-choice question has a value. You must select all the correct answers to receive the full mark for the question. If you select an incorrect answer, it does not matter if all your other answers are correct, you receive a score of zero.

The example below shows the responses of three different examinees and the score for each question based on their answers .

Policies for Examinations

Download the NDEB's Policies for Examinations in PDF format. Revised September 26, 2020

COVID-19 Resources

The following health as safety measures will be in effect during NDEB examinations. Examinees taking examinations at Prometric test centres will be required to follow Prometric’s Test Centre Policies

The following resources have been created by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

How to safely use a non-medical mask or face coving

Reduce the spread of COVID-19: Wash your hands

Electronic Examination Orientation

Standard Setting, Test Equating, and Rescaling

The passing score of a certification examination is determined through a psychometric process called standard setting. The purpose of standard setting is to determine the minimum acceptable level of performance in the competency domains targeted by the examinations.

High stakes testing agencies must periodically standard set their examinations as knowledge changes over time. They are also required to standard set their examination when a change of format occurs, such as a change from bell ringer to booklet. The Written Examination and OSCE were standard set in early 2021 with other examinations scheduled for updated standard settings this year.

What exactly is standard setting?

Standard setting is a rigorous process by which a panel of dentists from across Canada reviews all questions in an examination to establish the score required for the minimally competent dentist to demonstrate competency. This becomes the passing score for the examination. The passing score is then rescaled to a 75.

What is rescaling?

In January 2015, the NDEB introduced a standardized passing score of 75 for all its examinations. This change brought the NDEB in line with international standards for reporting passing scores.

To implement the standardized passing score, candidate raw scores are rescaled. The rescaling has no impact on pass/fail decisions, rather is a consistent way or reporting score.

A very simplified example of rescaling looks like this. If the standard setting panel has determined the minimum result to be a competent dentist at 55%, a candidate that scored 55% on the exam receive a rescaled score of 75 on their result report. Similarly, all the other scores would have an added +20 added to their score. Therefore, a candidate with a rescaled score of 70 that shows on their NDEB profile actually answered 70 – 20 = 50% of this exam correctly.

What is test equating?

Test equating is a standardized statistical process that is used to ensure each version of an assessment or examination is of equal difficulty. After the answer score sheets have been scanned, NDEB staff and Chief Examiners perform a detailed statistical analysis of the questions. Part of this statistical analysis involves identification and possible elimination of any questions that may not have performed as expected statistically. The questions selected for one version of an assessment or examination may be easier, or more difficult, than another version, so the NDEB uses a test equating process to ensure that all versions are of equivalent difficulty. The result is that the performance required to meet the standardized passing score is the same for each version and that participant and candidate results from different versions are comparable.

How are examination questions developed?

Questions used for each administration of the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK), the Assessment of Clinical Judgement (ACJ), the Written Examination, and the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) are developed and reviewed by content experts who are primarily faculty members at Canadian faculties of dentistry. 

How are questions selected?

A committee, consisting primarily of general dentists recommended by Provincial Dental Regulatory Authorities, selects the questions for use on assessments or examinations.

ACS Resources

Handpiece Connections and Air Pressure

Each ACS location may have different handpiece connections. The handpiece connections and air pressure document provides images and descriptions of the handpiece connections at Canadian Faculties of Dentistry.

COVID-19 Resources

The following information has been developed by Public Health Ontario.

Recommend Steps: Putting on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

ACS Orientation video

This video should be watched prior to taking the ACS.

General FAQs

How do I change my name with the NDEB?

If you need to change your name with the NDEB, you will be required to send a Request for Name Change Form and the documents listed on the form to the NDEB office by mail or courier.

If I withdraw from an exam can I register for the same exam at a different location?

Yes, you can withdraw from a session and register in another session if there is space available. Be aware that withdrawals can take up to two weeks to process and you will not be able to register for another exam until the withdrawal has been processed.

When will I get my original documents back?

Original documents are returned after the review of the credential is completed. When your document is returned, you will get an email indicating that your document has been returned to you as well as the tracking information.

When will I know the location of my examination?

Location memos are usually posted to your online profile within two weeks of the registration deadline date. Keep an eye out for the email indicating new information has been posted to your online profile.