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.


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

2014 Written Examination Protocol

2015 Written Examination Protocol

Released Written Examination Questions

The NDEB released item bank includes retired and active items. The content, quality, proportion of test items categories, and format of the released questions are not necessarily representative of the current blueprints. Some of the released test items have been discontinued due to outdated science, grammar, and content errors. While some question formats are not currently used, the content is still deemed appropriate.  The NDEB is not an educational institution and does not provide responses for released items.

Download: NDEB Released Written Examination Questions