The OSCE Examination


The OSCE is a station type examination comprised of a morning session and an afternoon session on the same day. 

The majority of the stations will have 2 questions and will require the candidate to review the information supplied (e.g. case history, dental charts, photographs, radiographs, casts, models) and answer extended match type questions.  Each extended match type question will have up to 15 answer options and one or more correct answers.  All answers for these questions must be recorded on the answer score sheet provided.

A few stations may require the candidate to review the information supplied and write an acceptable prescription for a medication commonly prescribed by general dentists in Canada.  Any required prescription must be legibly written on the supplied form and submitted as directed.  The candidate’s NDEB Identification Number must be correctly recorded on the prescription form. 

Candidates will have 5 minutes at each station to answer the questions.  After 5 minutes the candidate will move to the next station.  The Question and Answer Framework for the examination is available below.

 For the list of competencies from which examination items are developed click here.

Information regarding the use of endodontic terminology in NDEB examinations/assessments

In 2012, the American Association of Endontists adopted new endodontic terminology. The NDEB is aware of these changes and is currently updating the terminology used in its examination/assessment questions. Consistent with the manner that dental programs and textbooks adopt terminology changes, the NDEB will adopt new terminology over a period of time; therefore, examinees should be aware of both the previously used and recently updated terminology in endodontics.


Validation of Registration            8:30 am

Morning Examination Session     9:00 am to 11:30 am

Afternoon Examination Session  1:30 pm to 4:15 pm


During the validation of registration candidates will be issued an Identification (ID) card.  To receive the ID card, candidates will be required to show current government photo identification, (i.e. a current passport or driver’s licence), for comparison to the ID card.  Candidates who do not provide government photo identification will not be admitted.

OSCE Protocol

2015 OSCE Protocol


Question and Answer Framework for the OSCE

Download: OSCE Template