The Written Examination


The Written Examination consists of two books, each with 150 multiple choice type questions.  Each book is given in a 150 minute examination session.  The sessions are held in the morning and afternoon of one day.

The Examination Blueprint outlined below gives the content areas and approximate number of questions in each area. 

Book 1                                      

  • Health Promotion/Population
  • Health
  • Relationship of General/Oral Health                  
  • Scientific Literature
  • Records
  • Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology
  • General Biochemistry/Cariology
  • Oral Microanatomy                                                                        
  • Oral Embryology                

(50 questions)

  • Anxious Patient
  • Abuse & Neglect
  • Occupational Hazards
  • Periodontics
  • Pharmacology
  • Growth & Development
  • Physiology

(50 questions)

  • Radiology
  • Informed Consent
  • Prevention
  • Anatomy
  • Microbiology/Immunology
  • Pathology/Medicine

(50 questions)

Total Number of Questions in Book 1: 150

Book 2

  • Fixed Partial Denture/Removable Partial Denture
  • Dental Emergencies
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Ethics & Jurisprudence
  • Trauma
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Implants

(50 questions)

  • Operative Dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Dental Anatomy/Occlusion
  • Special Needs Patient

(50 questions)

  • Infection Control
  • Local Anesthesia
  • Therapeutics
  • Oral Facial Pain
  • Oral Surgery
  • Geriatric Dentistry

(50 questions)

Total Number of Questions in Book 2: 150

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         8:30am
Book I                                    9:00am to 11:30am
Book II                                   1:00pm to 3:30pm


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.

Written Examination Protocol

2015 Written Examination Protocol

Released Written Examination Questions


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Since 2009, the NDEB has made available a Released Test Item Bank that includes both retired and active test items in  English and French.  Please note that the proportion of test item categories within the Written Examination and Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge Blueprints is not necessarily representative of the Released Test Item Bank.  Furthermore, the content of the released test items is not necessarily representative of any given form of past assessments or examinations.

Some of the items in the Released Test Item Bank may have been discontinued due to outdated science or errors. The NDEB preiodically reviews the Bank to improve its quality, content, and translation. Please note that although some question formats may not be currently used, the content is still deemed appropriate.

Download: NDEB Released Written Examination Questions