INBDE: Integerated National Board Dental Examination

 The Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) would be designed to assist state boards of dentistry in evaluating candidates for dental licensure, and would eventually replace the current National Board Dental Examination (NBDE) Parts I and II. The INBDE is currently in development with implementation scheduled to begin in 2020. 

Related to NBDE Part 1 & 2

 Candidates who take the NBDE Part I and Part II during the transition period will be allowed five attempts on each of those examinations and also will be allowed five attempts on the INBDE if they decide to take the integrated examination. If they pass the NBDE Part II, they will not be allowed to take the INBDE for security reasons.  


When it is going to be launched?

 Official implementation of the INBDE is scheduled to begin no sooner than August 2020. 

How is it different from NBDE Parts?

 The new test relies less on rote knowledge and information recall than the current NBDE examinations do, and instead it emphasizes the relevance of the basic sciences through test items that link science and clinical application.

Test items on the INBDE will require candidates to draw from their knowledge of basic science, behavioral science, and clinical competencies to answer them correctly. For example, INBDE questions will ask about patient care, how dentists approach the practice of dentistry, and how dentists keep up with advances in the profession. 

If you prefer NBDE Parts rather than INBDE. How to proceed?

 You must receive eligibility from your dental program to take the NBDE, and you must pass the NBDE Part I before administration of the exam ceases, which is expected to occur around August 1, 2020. After you pass the NBDE Part I, you must successfully complete the NBDE Part II before administration ceases around August 1, 2022. 

Retest policy of INBDE?

 The INBDE’s retest policy will be the same as the Five Years/Five Attempts retest policy of the NBDE Part I and Part II. 


Information from the ADA website.

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