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The Qualifying Examination (QE) is administered via computer at secured testing sites annually in May.

  • 240 multiple-choice questions
  • Administered at PearsonVue Testing Centers
  • Four-hour examination session
  • 10 domains

What to Expect

The QE is designed to assess the use of specialized knowledge and skills, clinical reasoning, communication, and professionalism required of entry-level pediatric dentists for safe and effective practice.  

The successful examinee must demonstrate a well-rounded in-depth knowledge of pediatric dentistry. This examination is intended to complement the Oral Clinical Examination. Successful completion of both examinations is required for ABPD board certification. Additional information can be found in the Certification Guide.

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Step by Step

Examination Timeline

Apply for QE

The QE application will open in August and close December 15th, anually. The application can be completed by logging into the ABPD portal.

Prepare for Exam

Participate in QE

The QE is administered annually in May at testing centers. Examination results are released to candidates 6-8 weeks after exam is administered.

Apply for Board Candidacy

All applicants are required to complete the Board Candidacy Application prior to receiving their initial QE results. Applicants must apply for Board Candidacy by December 30th. If an applicant fails to apply for Board Candidacy by the deadline, the QE results will be forfeited. The Board Candidacy Application will be available on the ABPD portal. Click here for more information on Board Candidacy.

QE results released

The Qualifying Examination results are released to the examinees.

What To Know

Dates & Fees

Annual Registration

August 1 – December 15

Upcoming Examination Dates

2025 - May 5

Board Candidacy

Apply by December 30