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. Candidates should contact the jurisdiction in which they wish to practice to confirm all requirements for licensure in that jurisdiction.


Dental Exam Formats

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.

Manuals, Criteria Sheets & Forms

Detailed information regarding examination content, scoring and processes can be found in each candidate manual. Be sure to view the Criteria Sheets associated with each exam procedure.

For examinations in 2024

Dental Exam Calendar

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. 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 must be submitted via Contact Us and will incur a $250 material procurement fee.

All requests to withdraw from the examination must be received by the application deadline for a full refund. Candidates requesting to withdraw after the application deadline will be charged a $100 administrative fee.

Scheduling requests must be received prior to the registration deadline through your Candidate Profile. While scheduling requests are not guaranteed but we do try our best to accommodate you.
Note: Outside candidates are only allowed in exams that say “Outside Candidates Accepted”


How do I Register for this Exam?

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