About NDEB

• National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) is the organization responsible for establishing and maintaining a national standard of competence for dentists in Canada.

• The NDEB Equivalency Process includes three assessments.
• Successful completion of the assessments allows individuals to participate in the NDEB Certification Process.
• These three assessments include:
• Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge
• Assessment of Clinical Judgement
• Assessment of Clinical Skills


ASSESSMENT OF FUNDAMENTAL KNOWLEDGE (AFK)

• 300 (2 books of 150 MCQs each)

• 1 Day
• 6 hours (2 sessions of 3 hours each)

• 20 % Questions from Anatomy, Oral Microanatomy, Oral Embryology, Growth and Development, Physiology, Microbiology/Immunology, General Biochemistry/Cariology, Pathology/Medicine
• 13% Questions from Pharmacology
• 6% Orthodontics
• 7% Pediatric Dentistry, Geriatric Dentistry, Special-Needs Patient
• 6% Periodontics, Orofacial pain
• 6% Endodontics, Dental Emergencies
• 6% Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology, Radiology
• 2% Scientific Literature, Health Promotion/Population Health, Relationship of General/Oral Health
• 6% Local Anaesthesia, Therapeutics, Medical Emergencies
• 6% Oral Surgery, Trauma, Medical Emergencies
• 11% Operative/Single Crown
• 11% FPD/Removable/Implants, Dental Anatomy/Occlusion, Prevention, Infection Control

• A test equated, re-scaled score of 75 or greater is reported as “PASS”
• No further breakdown of results is provided.


ASSESSMENT OF CLINICAL JUDGEMENT (ACJ)

• Student has to perform a series of dental procedures on simulated patients (manikins) in a clinical setting.

• Books 1A and 1B: Diagnosis, Treatment Planning and Clinical Decision Making
• Book 2: Radiographic Interpretation

• A test equated, re-scaled score of 75 or greater is reported as “PASS”
• No further breakdown of results is provided.


ASSESSMENT OF CLINICAL SKILLS (ACS)

• MCQ Exam (3 Books)

• 2 Days

Student has to perform the following exercises:
• Class II amalgam preparation
• Class III composite resin preparation
• Full metal crown preparation
• Metal-ceramic (porcelain fused to metal) crown preparation
• Endodontic access preparation on a molar tooth
• Direct Class II composite resin restoration on a pre-prepared tooth
• Direct Class IV composite resin restoration on a pre-prepared tooth
• Class II amalgam restoration on a pre-prepared tooth
• Provisional crown restoration for a pre-prepared metal-ceramic (porcelain fused to metal) crown preparation on Day 2 of the assessment. The original unprepared tooth will be in the typodont used on Day 1 of the assessment.
• Rubber dam application

• In order to pass the ACS you must obtain:
• Eight or more grades of A / A+ and no E grade OR Nine or more grades of A / A+ and no more than one E grade