How To Prepare for the Oral Clinical Examination

Posted: 7/26/2019

The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry Oral Clinical Examination (OCE) is the second examination of a two-part certification process.  The purpose of the OCE is to enable the Candidate to demonstrate proficiency in diagnosis, treatment planning, and clinical care. 

The exam consists of two one-hour sessions. The first hour, two examiners will talk with you regarding four of the domains. The second hour, two different examiners will address the remaining four domains. 

ABPD recommends Candidates use a systematic approach when studying for and taking the OCE. Ask colleagues how they prepared and create study groups or use a mentor to practice.

Based on response from 2018 OCE participants, the five most useful methods used to prepare for the OCE are:

For more information on how to prepare for the Oral Clinical Examination, please contact ABPD Headquarters at

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