Why do I need to apply for Board Candidate Status?

Only individuals who have completed an accredited advanced education program in pediatric dentistry are educationally-qualified to pursue board certification. ABPD must verify each Board Candidate’s credentials are in order to allow him/her to participate in the certification process.

As a courtesy ABPD allows those nearing the end of their residencies to participate in the Qualifying Examination before they are “qualified by credentials”. But, the ADA Council on Dental Education and Licensure (CDEL) requires that the results of the examination only be released after the resident has completed the advanced education program and applied for candidacy. In essence, the process is reversed for residents; the examination precedes becoming a candidate.

Why do my dental license and program certificate need to be notarized?

Your dental license and program certificate need to be notarized to verify that they are exact copies of the original documents.

Where can I get these documents notarized?

Please look in your local yellow pages for a notary in your area. You can also check with staff in your training program.

As an individual taking the QE while I am still a resident, when can I apply for Board Candidacy?

After taking the Qualifying Examination, you have until November 30 annually to apply for Board Candidacy. If you do not complete your application by the stated deadline you forfeit your score and will need to retake the examination.

Why do the results take so long to get back?

Results are forwarded by the testing centers to our psychometrician who analyzes the performance of each test question and each candidate to assure a valid and reliable examination. Once the psychometrician submits his final report to ABPD Headquarters staff prepare the results letters.

What is the purpose of the QE?

The QE is intended to validate the candidate’s advanced training in pediatric dentistry by assessing understanding of the scientific and biological principles that support the practice of pediatric dentistry, as well as current literature pertaining to pediatric dentistry. This examination does not cover the clinical application of pediatric oral health care.

When and how can I apply for the QE?

Any pediatric dentist who has successfully completed an accredited advanced education program in pediatric dentistry and a resident in the final year of an accredited program is eligible to register for the QE. You can apply for the QE July 1 through December 15 by logging onto the ABPD website and filling out the application. Please note there are two types of QE applications available, one for Candidates (pediatric dentist) and another for Applicants (resident or someone who has not previously applied to the board).

How much does it cost to take the QE?

The examination fee for the QE is $700. There is no additional fee for the testing center, although transportation and overnight accommodation charges may be incurred if you travel to a testing center.  ABPD accepts Visa or MasterCard for payment. Please contact Headquarters with questions.

Where is the QE given?

The QE is administered at PearsonVue testing centers throughout the United States and internationally. When registering with PearsonVue, you choose the location that is most convenient for you.

Why is the QE given only one day?

The QE is given only one day to minimize the opportunity for confidential materials to be compromised, thereby providing some examinees an unfair advantage. To discuss or in any other way disseminate information regarding the content of this examination is an ethical breach of responsibility and can be the basis for disciplinary and legal action by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

How can I prepare for the examination?

The ABPD QE section on the website shares several suggestions on ways to prepare for the examination. Examinees should focus their attention on the scientific and biologic basis for pediatric dentistry, not clinical practices.

The following are provided on the website:

Is the QE graded on a curve?

No, there is not a predetermined percentage of candidates who will pass or fail. However, the degree of difficulty of the examination relative to a criterion standard does influence the minimum passing score.

When will I receive my results?

Candidates will receive results in approximately 6-8 weeks through their profile page at www.abpd.org.   Applicants who sat for the QE while still in their advanced education program are required to apply for Board Candidacy prior to results being released.

If I cancel my QE, can I transfer the examination fee to the next year?

No, you are unable to transfer the fee to the next year. You will be refunded by check in accordance with the cancellation policy. You will be required to re-apply to initiate or continue in the certification process.

Why does the ABPD need my photograph for the OCE?

The ABPD requires a photo for identification purposes. The ABPD also requires a government issued ID at registration on the day of the Candidate’s examination.

Where is the OCE given?

The OCE is currently administered at a testing facility in Dallas, TX.

The OCE is given on numerous days. Do I need to be there the whole time?

You are only required to be at the OCE for your scheduled session. There are 3 sessions scheduled daily.You will received additional information once you are confirmed as a participant for the OCE. 

How can I prepare for the OCE?

While there is no standard method to prepare for the Oral Clinical Examination, candidates should consider:

When will I receive my results?

In approximately 6-8 weeks the results will be available through your online profile page, www.abpd.org.

If I cancel my OCE can I transfer the examination fee to the next year?

No, you are not able to transfer the examination fee to the next year. You will be refunded the examination fee in accordance with the cancellation policy. You will need to reapply.

How much does it cost to take the OCE?

The examination fee for the OCE is $2,000; the ABPD accepts only Visa or Mastercard. While we provide transportation between the designated hotel and the testing center, other transportation and overnight accommodation costs will likely be incurred by the candidate.

Can I request or change my date for the OCE?

Switching dates is not guaranteed, however, the ABPD will try to accommodate such requests. Your request to switch your date should be emailed to Jasey at jasey@abpd.org.