Frequently Asked Questions and Advice From Candidates

Many of the answers to questions commonly asked by Candidates can be found on this page. Please review the information provided prior to contacting the WREB Office.

Administrative FAQ’s

Q: I want to apply for an exam. What basic things do I need to know?
A: You can apply for a WREB exam online. In order to apply online, you must first create a WREB account, pay with a credit card or debit card, upload a digital photo and digitally sign the WREB Policy Agreement. Applying online does not guarantee a space in the exam. It is your responsibility to ensure that all application requirements are met. We must ensure that your information is complete and that your photo meets the required specifications. Only then can your status be determined.

Q: If I try to register online and there is a “wait-list” status, what should I do?
A: Once the maximum number of applicants is accepted, a wait-list is initiated. In order to be placed on the wait-list, you still register for an exam, submit your application, picture, and fee. You will be assigned a number for the wait-list. Until then, we cannot tell you what number you will be on the wait-list. Once you are placed on the wait-list, an e-mail will be sent notifying you of your application status. If a space becomes available, an e-mail will be sent informing you of a place that has become available and you are given an option of accepting or declining it. If we do not hear from you within 48 hours after we have sent the e-mail, you remain in the same place on the wait-list, but the place that has become available will be offered to the next person on the wait-list. We recommend that you monitor your e-mail often if you are placed on the wait-list. We are unable to predict what your chances are of obtaining a place in the exam. If you are on the wait-list and do not get placed in the exam, your exam fee is fully refunded, or you will be given the option of transferring to a subsequent exam.

Q: I have passed the National Boards, Parts 1 and 2. What do I need to do to take the WREB?
A: State dental boards require the National Boards Parts 1 and 2 for licensure. WREB does not require National Boards prior to taking the WREB exam.

Q: Should I wait for my dean to sign the Certification for Graduating Seniors form before I apply for an exam?
A: It is not necessary to wait for your dean’s certification to register for an exam. You may submit your application and send proof of qualification later. However, your proof of qualification must be received in the WREB office prior to the final deadline, or you will be cancelled from the exam and no refund will be given. You will not receive your clinical schedule until your file is complete.

Q: I am a foreign graduate, what do I need to do to be eligible for the WREB exam?
A: You will need to contact the state board where you wish to practice dentistry and inform that state board that you are a foreign graduate and want to take the WREB dental exam. If you meet the state’s requirements, the state board will send an original letter with the state seal affixed to the WREB office stating that you have met their requirements and are eligible to take the WREB dental exam. This letter is your proof of qualification. You may register for an exam before the letter from the state board is received. The letter must be received prior to the final deadline, or you will be cancelled from the exam and no refund will be given. You will not receive access to your candidate schedule until the original qualifying letter is received from the state board.

Q: What if I need special accommodations for the exam I am about to take?
A: Special accommodations are available under certain circumstances. WREB will provide reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids, or services, provided the requested accommodations would not fundamentally alter the measurement of the skills or knowledge the exam is intended to test. Requests must be received 45 days prior to the first day of the exam. For complete information refer to “Special Accommodations Information” section on the WREB website.

Q: What is the CTP exam?
A: The Comprehensive Treatment Planning (CTP) exam is a computer simulation exam. A case history (including radiographs, photos, charting, medical history) of three patients will be provided. Using the information provided, you will have three hours to develop a treatment plan, and then answer questions or perform tasks related to each case.

Q: Where can I take the CTP Computerized exam?
A: The CTP computerized exam can be taken at a Prometric test center. Once you are enrolled in an exam, information will be emailed to you. This will include the time frame to take the exam, Prometric’s contact information to schedule your appointment, and your eligibility number.

Q: When will I receive the clinical schedule?
A: Clinical schedules will be posted online, approximately four weeks prior to the first day of the exam and will include the specific clinic time for the Endodontic exam and your Candidate ID. You will need your login and password to access your schedule. Schedules will only be available if your application is complete and all of your required documentation is in the WREB office.

Q: Can I change my assigned time for the Endodontics exam?
A: No. Once schedules are posted, they cannot be changed. Schedules are arranged in advance and in the best interest of all Candidates, taking into consideration space availability, supplies and exam materials. Schedules are made to give Candidates the optimum open block time and to maintain Patient flow in the grading area.

Q: Where do I purchase the arches for the Endo section of the exam?
A: We suggest that you do not purchase any arches until you have reviewed the Exam Site Information for the exam site you will be testing at. The information will identify the type of mounting in the Endodontic lab at the exam site. The Exam Site Information will tell you if the arch is available directly through the school’s dental supply store, or you may purchase the arches from Acadental (http://www.acadental.com), or Columbia (http://www.columbiadentoform.com). Candidates are responsible for supplying their own Endo arches, extra sextants, trays, etc.

Q: Does WREB provide patients for candidates? If not, where can I find potential patients?
A: WREB, the licensing boards of the member states, and the school where the exam is held do not supply patients. WREB strongly discourages patient procurement services. Patient acceptance criteria are designed to standardize the exam, not to create an obstacle to patient procurement. Reading the criteria and understanding the broad range of acceptable patients for the two operative restorations and the periodontal treatment procedure will prepare you to screen for qualifying patients. The patients expected by WREB are patients routinely treated in a school dental clinic or a dental office.

Q: When will I receive the results of the dental exam?
A: WREB results will be posted online within approximately 2-4 weeks after the exam. You will be notified by email once results have been uploaded to your WREB account and ready for viewing. You can access them by logging in using your username and password. Exam results are not given by phone, fax or e-mail. For your privacy and for security reasons, there are no exceptions to this policy.

Q: If I do not pass the WREB exam, can I retake it? What do I need to submit?
A: If you fail the dental exam, you may apply for re-examination at one of the future available exam sites. Follow the same application procedures as your original exam. See the Application Policies and Procedures, “Section Exams (Re-Take Only)”. Candidates that applied online for their first exam would do the same for any subsequent re-application. Your original username and password will remain the same; however photos are only current through the end of the year. You must wait until you receive your full exam results before re-applying. You will not need to provide a new qualification if you are re-taking the exam within the same calendar year as your first attempt.

If you need to update your personal information such as phone number or address, email dentalinfo@wreb.org.

Q: If I am unsuccessful in one section of the WREB exam, do I retake the whole exam?
A: The WREB exam consists of four sections; one computer and three clinical sections. The three clinical sections of the exam must be taken together. Failure to complete all three sections results in failure of the exam. If two or more sections are failed, the entire clinical exam (three sections) must be retaken. Failure of one section will allow the opportunity to retake just the failed section. All four sections must be passed within twelve months of each other. If you have any questions, contact the dental department at the WREB office.

Note: State board restrictions may apply if you have failed an exam two or more times. Contact the state dental board in the state you plan to practice for their requirements.

Q: How long are WREB results valid and what is the time limit after I pass WREB to apply for a license in a member state?
A: Each member state will accept WREB results for a set time period. Contact individual state boards or the state board where you wish to be licensed, about the time limits to apply for licensure. These times vary from state to state.

Q: Which states accept WREB exam results?
A: Please see WREB member states for the most current listing. However, because this list may change, it is recommended you contact the state board.

You may also contact the American Association of Dental Boards (AADB) website, www.dentalboards.org for more information and links to all state boards.

Q: I am interested in a refresher course. What schools can I contact?
A: You may wish to contact the post-graduate and/or the continuing education departments of accredited dental schools directly. WREB does not provide nor approve refresher courses.

Q: I need to schedule my jurisprudence exam. What do I need to do?
A: Individual state boards administer the jurisprudence exam. You should contact the appropriate state board for details.

Q: The State where I wish to get licensed is requiring me to send them my scores, how do I do that?
A: Upon completion of the WREB exam, your results will be available online. If you are successful in the exam, you will be able to print a dental examination success report. If you are unsuccessful, you will print an Individual Performance Report of your scores. This report details your scores in each section. This may help you determine areas of concern or needed improvement.

WREB sends exam result group reports to each of our member state boards. If a State Board requires additional information pertaining to your exam results, you may visit Request Scores and order the documentation that the State Board is requesting. You will have the option on the form to request where you would like your exam information mailed.

Q: What steps do I need to take to qualify for licensure in my state?
A: WREB is a testing agency only and does not issue licenses. Successful completion of the WREB dental exam does not constitute licensure in any state. Questions regarding licensing and reciprocity should be directed to the state board where licensure is sought. You can find links to all WREB member states, the American Association of Dental Boards, and other state boards under Member States and School Links.

Exam Procedure FAQ’s

Q: When are my assistant and my Patient allowed on the clinic floor to start the exam? When can I put my Patient in line for acceptance or grading?
A: Assistants and Patients may enter the clinic with you at 7:00 am on the clinic days 1, 2 and 3. For Patient comfort, Patients should not be sent to the grading area any earlier than 15 or 20 minutes before the exam begins. The exam officially begins at 8:00 am. The Patient line will not move until the exam begins. Candidates who are assigned Endodontics the first morning of the exam may not submit patients until 10:00 am.

Q: Do I have to have my patient in line for grading by 10:30 am on the last day of the exam?
A: You have until 11:00 am to have your Patient in line for grading on the last day. For Clinic Day 1and 2, your patient must be in line for grading by 4:30 pm.

Q: Are translators allowed on the clinic floor?
A: Translators will be allowed on the clinic floor or in the grading area only as needed. Translators will be asked to remain in the Patient waiting area until, or if their services are required.

Q: May I anesthetize my patient before I send him/her to the grading area for approval to start?
A: For Periodontal Treatment patients, you should anesthetize the quadrant(s) submitted for approval to facilitate Examiner evaluation and for Patient comfort. For operative Patient Check-In, you may anesthetize Patients at your discretion.

Q: May I submit both my operative restorations for approval at the same time?
A: If the procedures are on the same Patient but not on adjacent teeth and accepting both would not cause the loss of occlusal contact, they may be approved at the same time. Submit the paperwork required for both restorations but only one set of instruments. You also may submit both procedures for prep and finish grading at the same time or they may be submitted separately.

Q: When do I need original radiographs? And, when do I not?
A: The two Operative procedures require original radiographs of the tooth taken within the prior six months. The radiographs must show the current condition of the tooth. Duplicates are not acceptable. Separate radiographs or images are needed for each procedure. The Periodontal Treatment procedure requires complete mouth periapical radiographs, including bitewings. The radiographs must have been taken within the past three years. Original radiographs are preferred but duplicates are acceptable for Perio only, if they are of diagnostic quality.

Q: How many initials from Examiners do I need on my worksheet?
A: It depends on what portion of the restoration you are doing. One initial is required at Acceptance, at least two initials if you have sent a note with a modification procedure and three initials are required if you have sent a patient for grading.

Q: If I have both operative restorations approved to start, do I have to do both preps that day?
A: You may do only one preparation if you choose. For the procedure that has been approved but not started, bring your worksheet to a Floor Examiner for the proper paperwork.

Q: Do I have to work with a rubber dam?
A: You do not have to work with a rubber dam, but a rubber dam is required when submitting a patient for the preparation grade or when submitting your Patient for a modification request.

Q: What are Floor Examiners?
A: Floor Examiners assist Candidates on the clinic floor:

  • Answer questions , clarify procedures
  • Act as liaisons between Candidates and Grading Examiners
  • Have extra forms for Candidates such as Patient Medical History Form and Follow Up Care
  • Sign health history forms with “Yes” answers
  • Distribute forms from Examiners that affect Candidate and procedures
  • Check on modifications
  • Manage Pulp Exposures

Check and initial steps in the processes involved on worksheets.

Q: When do I call a Floor Examiner to check for a modification of outline or internal form?
A: When removal of caries, affected dentin or unsound demineralized enamel will extend the outline and/or internal form of the preparation beyond the criteria for a “5”, see a Floor Examiner.

Q: If I need new forms, where do I go?
A: You or your assistant may ask a Floor Examiner for additional forms.

Q: If WREB considers all exposures avoidable, how do I deal with an exposure or near exposure?
A: The preferred procedure is to leave a small amount of caries or decalcified dentin (0.5 mm) over the pulp to avoid an exposure. Write in the “Note to Examiners” on the worksheet your intentions. All other caries in the preparation must be removed. If an exposure does occur, write in the “Note to Examiners” on the worksheet your intentions regarding the exposure and how it will be managed, place a rubber dam (if not already in place) and call a Floor Examiner. Upon verification of the exposure, a Floor Examiner will instruct you to place a pulp capping material over the exposure as soon as possible.

Q: Can my assistant dismiss my patient while I am in the Endodontics exam?
A: Yes, if there is no follow up required when your patient returns from the grading area. Remember, a Floor Examiner’s initials are required on worksheets for patient release from the exam.

Q: When do I have to go to the Endodontics lab to do my Endodontics procedure?
A: You may go to the Endo lab anytime during your block time schedule. It is recommended that you are in the lab in the first 30 minutes to avoid any delay getting your setup check . You must turn your two (2) endo models and radiographs at the end of the time block or you will receive a late penalty. There are no exceptions.

Q: What identification do I need to provide at the exam?
A: Candidates MUST present acceptable and valid identification in order to be admitted to the WREB Dental exam. At the exam, you shall appear in person and provide two (2) valid, non-expired forms of identification. Please see the Application Policies and Procedures for the specific identification requirements.

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