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Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination (DSCKE)

Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination (DSCKE)

Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination (DSCKE)

Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP)

NDEB – NDSE Certification

National Dental Specialty Examination (NDSE)

NDSE Certification

Provincial Licensure

Individuals who have completed a dental specialty program not accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) must complete the Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination (DSCKE) followed by a Dental Specialty Assessment and Training Program (DSATP).

Eligible non-accredited specialty programs are masters degree programs in a dental specialty that is recognized in Canada, from a university that is authorized by the government of that country in which it is located to award such degrees, but is not recognized by the CDAC.

Format and Content

The Dental Specialty Core Knowledge Examination (DSCKE) will be delivered electronically at Prometic test centres.

The examination consists of a combination of 95-100 single-answer and multiple-answer multiple-choice questions administered in a 3-hour session.

Questions in the examination may include radiographic images, photographs of models, or photographs of patients and a patient case history if applicable.


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

DSCKE Protocol

The DSCKE Protocol includes details such as the schedule, examination regulations, and the blueprint. The protocol should be read carefully.

Download the 2021 DSCKE Protocol in PDF format.

Passing Standard

There is no defined passing score for this examination.

DSCKE candidates will receive a numerical score which is used by Faculties of Dentistry across Canada to compare applicants from non-accredited specialty programs for admission to DSATPs.


You can take the DSCKE two times.

Appeals and Rescoring

Frequently Asked Questions

There are nine dental specialties recognized by CDAC. Dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, oral medicine/oral pathology, prosthodontics, periodontics, pediatric dentistry. The NDEB will not accept applications to the DSCKE for other specialty programs or combined programs.

Upcoming Examination Dates

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