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11 March, 2024

How to Register for the INBDE?

The INBDE is a standardized exam to obtain licensure and practice dentistry in the US. In this article, we will discuss how to register for INBDE.
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The Integrated National Boards Dental Examination (INBDE) is a newly implemented exam replacing Parts I and II of the National Boards Dental Examination. It is a required exam for licensure in the United States. The INBDE is a two-day exam, although the two days do not have to be consecutive, with the first day consisting of 360 stand-alone and case-based questions and the second day consisting of 140 questions in a case-based format.

👉 Eligibility

The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations has set candidate eligibility requirements in order to challenge the exam. The candidate must be a current student at a CODA-accredited or non-CODA-accredited program, former student at a CODA-accredited program, a dentist who has graduated from a CODA-accredited or non-CODA-accredited program, or a general candidate (educated by a non-CODA-accredited program). In all cases, the program and/or candidate must provide documentation to either show that the program deems the candidate ready for the exam (current students at CODA-accredited programs) or confirmation that the candidate has been enrolled or has completed the program. Candidates from a non-CODA-accredited program may need to fill out the “INBDE Certification of Eligibility” which can be downloaded from the following page: https://jcnde.ada.org/en/inbde/apply-to-take-the-inbde.

👉 DENTPIN® Information

A DENTPIN® is required to register for this exam. Many examinees may already have a DENTPIN® due to previously have taken the DAT and completing dental school applications through AADSAS, but if you have not had to take this exam or applied to dental school yet, you will need to create one.

👉 Creating a DENTPIN®

Go to the American Dental Association website and go to the “Education” tab, click on “DENTPIN®”, and then follow instructions to create a DENTPIN®. The DENTPIN® registration form is featured in the screenshot below. This personalized code will be used to track your exam scores and applications.

👉 Applying to take the exam

  1. Go to the American Dental Association website and go to the “Education” tab, click on “Testing”, find the “INBDE” tab, and then select “Apply to Take the INBDE” as seen in the screenshot below.

  2. Complete the application and pay the non-refundable fee of $810.00, ensure all the personal information is correct and matches your government-issued ID, as inaccurate information may delay the application or even result in a rejection. Every time a candidate attempts to challenge the exam, a separate application and fee is required. You should receive an email after application processing is complete.
  3. After receiving the eligibility letter, candidates are able to schedule exam dates within a six-month window on the Prometric testing site found here. For Step 1, select “Academic, Professional Licensure & Certification, Government, and Corporate Programs”, for Step 2 select “American Dental Association”  and then choose the desired region for your testing sites as seen in the screenshot below.

  4. Continue on to select “Schedule an Appointment” and after reviewing information for the next few pages, you will be prompted for an eligibility ID. The eligibility ID received from ADA is required in order to schedule your testing appointment.
  5. You are then able to view many locations, times, and dates for your testing appointment. Be sure to complete the process and schedule both days of the exam. You will receive a confirmation email with the details of your appointment.