2021 Assessment of Clinical Skills Updated February 2021
Policies for Examinations
Download the NDEB's Policies for Examinations in PDF format. Revised September 26, 2020
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.
Electronic Examination Orientation
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/assessment 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.
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.
The following information has been developed by Public Health Ontario.
ACS Orientation video
This video should be watched prior to taking the ACS.
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.