The Qualifying Examination is the first of a two-part American Board of Pediatric Dentistry certification process.Explore
The Qualifying Examination (QE) is administered via computer at secured testing sites annually in May.
- 240 multiple-choice questions
- Four-hour examination session
- Understanding of scientific and biological principles
- 8 domains
What to Expect
The QE is designed to provide evidence toward validation of an individual’s advanced training in pediatric dentistry.
The QE is intended to assess the examinee’s understanding of the scientific and biological principles that support the practice of pediatric dentistry, as well as current literature relating to pediatric dentistry.
The successful examinee must demonstrate a well-rounded in-depth knowledge of pediatric dentistry. This examination is not intended to duplicate the clinical application of pediatric oral health care that will be tested during the second component of the certification process, the Oral Clinical Examination. Additional information can be found in the Certification Guide.
Step by Step
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
Upcoming Examination Dates
Apply by December 30