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.
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.
Candidates must have the ID card visible at all times and must return the card to the Test Administrator at the end of the examination. The back of the ID card may be used for calculation or rough notes. Candidates must take the ID card with them from station to station during the examination and leave it at the last station at the end of each session. Removing any paper with copied test items or notes from the examination location is prohibited and will be considered as compromising the integrity of the examination. The consequences of such actions are delineated in NDEB By-law 18.01. The NDEB will verify that all ID cards are returned. Candidates who fail to return the ID card may receive a zero (?0”) score for the examination.
Download: 2013 OSCE Protocol
Question and Answer Framework for the OSCE
Download: OSCE Template (PDF 607.64 KB)