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Historical Pass Rates

NDEB Certification

Obtaining NDEB certification means that an individual has demonstrated that they meet the competencies required of a beginning dental practitioner in Canada.

Historical Certification Information

* Does not include 256 candidates who passed the November examinations and were certified in Jan 2016

NDEB NDSE Certification

Obtaining NDEB NDSE certification means that an individual passed the National Dental Specialty Examination and has provided proof of graduation from an accredited specialty program.

Certification Process

Summary of historical pass rates for the NDEB Written Examination and OSCE. As of 2018, pass rates are reported based on the original number of test takers and do not include upheld appeals.

*March and May examinations

Equivalency Process

Summary of historical pass rates for the Equivalency Process. As of 2018, pass rates are reported based on the original number of test takers and do not include upheld appeals.

*Feb 2020 only

National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE)

Summary of historical pass rates for the NDSE.

Specialty 2020 2021
Candidates % Pass Candidates % Pass
Dental Public Health** - - - -
Endodontics 22 100 16 75
OM/OP/OMOP** - - - -
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology** - - - -
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 22 82 16 81
Orthodontics 40 98 39 77
Pediatric Dentistry 22 100 36 94
Periodontics 16 75 30 73
Prosthodontics 12 92 12 75

**These specialties have less than 10 candidates and pass rates are confidential as they may allow to identify the individuals that failed.

Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination (DSCKE)

Summary of historical results for the DSCKE.

2015 – 2020

wdt_ID Year Range in % Mean Score in %
1 Sept 2015 65 - 86 67.91
2 Feb 2016 52 - 91 78.85
3 Sept 2016 64 - 95 80.50
4 Feb 2017 51 - 92 82.62
5 Sept 2017 69 - 89 81.78
6 Feb 2018 66 - 90 77.80
7 Sept 2018 52 - 93 77.90
8 Feb 2019 71 - 82 75.76
9 Sept 2019 77 - 92 83.00
10 Feb 2020 60 - 91 82.00

Distribution of DSCKE Participants Annually