The ADEX examination series consists of computer simulations and clinical examinations performed on patients and manikins. There are five skill-specific components including a high-fidelity computerized OSCE:


The ADEX examination is offered in a traditional format or patient-centered curriculum-based format (CIF). For more extensive information please download the Candidate Manual. Candidates should contact the jurisdiction in which they wish to practice to confirm all requirements for licensure in that jurisdiction.

Dental Exam Manuals

The ADEX Dental Examination is given in two formats: the Curriculum Integrated Format (CIF) and in the Traditional Format. The CIF Format can only be taken by students about to enter their senior year of dental school or graduate students at a school hosting the CIF Format examination. The Traditional Format is for those students who elect not to take the CIF Format and for those who have already graduated from dental school. Only students or graduates of schools accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada may take the ADEX Dental Examination. All other candidates (including international graduates) must apply through the state dental board in the state or jurisdiction where they wish to practice for permission to take an examination for licensure only in that state or jurisdiction.

2023 Registration and DSE OSCE

2023 Restorative and Periodontal Procedures (SimPt)

2023 Restorative and Periodontal Procedures (Patient-based)

2023 Fixed Prosthodontics and Endodontics

Exam & Criteria Forms

Dental Exam Calendar

In order to register for any portion of the Dental Exam candidates will need to create an online Candidate Profile. All profiles must have a passport quality photo, proof of graduation, and some basic information. Once you have completed your initial profile, your account will have to be checked by our candidate services team. This can take up to 2 business days after your account has been made. To avoid any additional fees we suggest making your account at least one week prior to the registration deadline. Any request to be added to an exam after the exam registration deadline has passed will incur a $500 material procurement fee.

All requests to withdraw from the examination must be received by the application deadline to receive a refund. Candidates requesting to withdraw after the application deadline will be charged a $100 admin fee and have their paid exam fees applied to a future examination.

Scheduling requests must be received prior to the registration deadline through our Contact Us platform. While scheduling requests are not guaranteed but we do try our best to accommodate you.

How do I Register for this Exam?

Please review the exam registration process on how to create a profile and register for this exam.