Qualifying Examination

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ABPD is pleased to announce the 2020 QE has been rescheduled for August 19, 2020.  

ABPD has carefully investigated options for the delivery of the 2020 QE. With the uncertainty of the global pandemic, social distancing requirements and other restrictions, outlined below you will see the two different delivery options:  

 Live Online Proctoring (LoP) – ABPD has partnered with Scantron/Examinty to allow candidates to complete the examination from a remote location, such as your home or office, using your own computer and a stable internet connection.   
2. Scantron Network of Testing Centers – This option is your traditional testing center option with a different network of test centers.  Click here to search by location; availability may be limited with social distancing requirements of 50% capacity.  

Click here to learn more about the updated process for 2020.  

The Qualifying Examination (QE) is one examination of the two-part certification process for Diplomate status in the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The examination is designed to generate evidence toward validation of the individual's advanced training in pediatric dentistry. The QE must be successfully completed prior to registering for the Oral Clinical Examination (OCE). 


Application Process:


Tentative examination dates:

2021: Monday, May 3, 2021 Application open July 1 - December 15, 2020. Application must be completed by logging on to the ABPD website.

Cancellation Policy for 2021 May QE:

All cancellations must be submitted in writing via email or by US Mail.  The cancellation policy noted here is used regardless of the PersonVue Testing Center cancellation policy.  Examination fees can not be transferred to a different exam year. 

The Candidate who is unsuccessful with the QE can take the examination annually in years 1 through 4
of their eligibility period. The Qualifying Examination must be successfully completed prior to sitting for the Oral Clinical Examination.  A Candidate cannot sit for the QE and the OCE during the same year.