As part of the application process, applicants (candidates) are required to READ and acknowledge that they understand and assent to adhere to the following WREB Policies and Procedures:
Candidates must first apply online for the exam site where they wish to take their clinical exam. They will pay the full exam fee, which is listed on the Dental Exam Dates and Fees schedule. The fee includes enrollment in the Comprehensive Treatment Planning (CTP) computer exam which is given at a Prometric testing facility.
The initial exam fee is applicable on or before the Application Deadline. Anyone applying after that deadline will pay a $500 late fee, even if the candidate is listed on a school’s student hold list.
Each host school reserves a certain number of spaces for their students until the specified date (Student Hold Deadline); however the late fee will be incurred for all applications after the Application Deadline.
Once enrolled, candidates will receive an email with information to register for the CTP exam. The email will provide a specific time frame in which to take the computer exam. WREB encourages candidates to call as soon as they receive their information since Prometric has limited appointments. Candidates may not get their preferred day and time if they wait too long.
NOTE: Proof of qualification does not have to be provided prior to enrolling or to take the CTP exam. The Certification for Graduating Seniors or other Proof of Qualification for the exam is due on or before the Final Deadline.
Candidates need a valid credit or debit card (Visa/MasterCard) and a digital .JPG photo at the time of application. The photo becomes an official component of the Candidate Profile at WREB and will be included on the Candidate ID badge for the exam, on score reports to schools and state licensing boards.
Applicant names must appear as it does on the state issued identification. It is your responsibility to make sure the ID and name registered with WREB match exactly.
Applying online is the first step in the application process; however, does not guarantee a space in the exam. Applications remain in a “pending” status until the submitted information is reviewed and space availability is verified by a WREB dental coordinator assigned to the exam. Candidates will receive an email, usually within two (2) business days, notifying them of status.
Exam sites have individual operatory limitations. When the maximum number of applicants has been reached for that site, the exam is automatically assigned a “wait-list status” (see below). Candidates are encouraged to apply early for the exam of their choice. Candidates will be notified by email of their application status a) whether they have been “enrolled” or b) if the exam is full, the Candidate will be placed on the “wait-list” for that exam.
Applications are processed on a space-available basis. If space is not available at the time of application, candidates will be given an opportunity to be placed on the wait-list, transferred to another open exam, or to have the fee refunded. (Please see the Wait-List section below.) Although the Clinical portion of the exam may be on a “Wait List” status, you can be enrolled in the CTP section and receive your eligibility authorization to take the computer portion of the exam. We encourage you to take the CTP section since CTP results are valid to combine with any WREB clinical exam.
Proof of qualification to take the clinical exam must be submitted to WREB by the final deadline date, or candidates will be cancelled from the exam and no refund will be given. The final deadline date means the exam is officially closed and no further applications will be accepted.
An application is considered a contract with WREB, and is subject to the cancellation policy once submitted. Candidates who fail to fulfill all requirements of the application, or are unable to take the exam, are subject to the Refunds and Cancellations Policy. Do not apply for an exam if you are unable to attend all the exam days. Specific scheduling assignments will not be considered.
Candidates with specific or religious restrictions for certain days should choose an exam that meets those restrictions.
Candidates registering to take the dental exam for the first time will be enrolled in both the clinical and CTP computer exam.
|$2195 WREB fee, plus a school use fee which varies by site. See exam schedule for total amounts.
The full exam fee includes both clinical and CTP computer exams.
WREB is a non-profit organization. Fees from the exams support the mission of WREB. WREB’s base fee listed above covers expenses for the full clinical and computer based CTP dental exam. The exam fee listed in the exam schedule also includes a school use fee assessed by the dental school to cover the school’s expenses. Schools marked by an asterisk will charge an additional amount for non-students to be collected directly by the school later. The fees will be listed in the School Information documents posted on the website.
(Oper, Endo, Perio)
|$1915 (WREB fee plus applicable school fee)|
If applying after the application deadline, a $500 late fee will apply. This will be included in the total exam fee and included in the credit card payment.
Proof of qualification is required to be eligible to take the WREB exam. Candidates may be enrolled in an exam prior to providing this document; however, the proof of qualification must be received in the WREB office by the final deadline date. Candidates who do not provide the proof of qualification by this date will be cancelled from the exam and no refund will be given. An email notice of clinical schedules will be emailed approximately four weeks prior to the first day of the exam. Candidates will receive their schedules only after proof of qualification is received.
The appropriate document must be submitted in English. Choose one of the following documents to be submitted:
NOTE: WREB is a testing agency. We do not handle licensing. Proof of graduation must be provided to individual states in order for a candidate to receive a license. Some state boards may have more stringent requirements. Candidates should contact the state board where they wish to practice to obtain specific licensure requirements.
Candidates may apply for an exam that is listed on a wait-list status. WREB staff will process all applications in the order in which they were received by time and date. An email will be sent to candidates notifying them of their status. Candidates will have 48 hours to respond with their choice of three options:
If a candidate elects to remain on the wait-list, they will remain there until a space opens up or until the final deadline date, whichever occurs first. Anyone remaining on the wait-list on that day will be processed to receive a full refund. Candidates are sent an email to determine if they would like to be enrolled, or to remain on the wait-list, or receive a full refund. This may occur when a candidate is applying for two exams and waiting for their preference.
If more than one section of the clinical exam is failed, the entire clinical exam must be retaken. Failure of one section allows the opportunity to retake just the failed section, within twelve months of the clinical exam. All sections of the exam, (clinical and computer), must be passed within twelve months of the last day of the clinical exam.
Candidates may apply for re-examination by following the same application process described above. Personal information and photos remain part of the candidate’s profile. However, if personal information has changed, candidates must email email@example.com with the corrected information. Candidate photos will only be valid for the calendar year in which they were uploaded. A new proof of qualification may also be required. It is important to notify WREB in writing (email) of any change in email or mailing address.
If any section is failed three times, remediation must be completed before the exam may be retaken a fourth time. The remediation hours will be calculated and emailed to the candidate. Once remediation is completed and approved by the WREB office, the entire clinical exam must be retaken.
NOTE: State Board restrictions may apply if a candidate has failed an exam two or more times. Contact the state dental board in the state where the candidate plans to practice for requirements.
WREB makes every reasonable effort to offer the exam in a manner accessible to persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Candidates who require special accommodations due to a disability should contact the WREB office before or immediately after applying online. A Special Accommodations Information and Request Form must be completed. The appropriate professional (physician, psychologist, etc.) must sign the form specifying the accommodation requested and attesting to the specific need.
Candidates whose patients have special needs or facility needs due to wheelchairs, etc. should notify WREB at the time of application. Patients in wheelchairs must be able to move from wheelchairs to the examining chairs. Patient accommodations will vary from site to site, so individual special requests cannot possibly be guaranteed.
Candidates who prefer a left-hand operatory should indicate this when applying online. If the school has left-hand operatories available, WREB does its best to accommodate the request, but cannot guarantee availability of left-hand operatories.
The WREB Dental Exam consists of a clinical exam and a computer (CTP) exam. Passing the dental exam requires successful completion of each of the sections described below. Detailed information and instructions for all procedures are in the applicable Candidate Guide. Once your application is processed, you will be mailed copies of the CTP candidate guide and a copy of the clinical portion candidate guide will be mailed about six weeks prior to the clinical exam. Both guides can also be downloaded online.
WREB candidates come from a large geographical area and a diverse educational background; WREB does not look for any one standard for procedures. Grading examiners score according to the criteria found in the Candidate Guide. Reading and understanding the scoring criteria will assist you in successfully completing the procedures.
The Comprehensive Treatment Planning (CTP) examination is a computer-based examination administered by Prometric testing centers. The exam consists of three (3) patient cases of varying complexity, one of which is a pediatric patient. For each case, Candidates assess patient history, photographs, radiographs, and clinical information, create and submit a treatment plan, and then answer questions or perform tasks related to each case. Candidates are allowed three (3) hours to complete the CTP exam. A 15 minute tutorial is provided prior to the beginning of the examination.
Once enrolled in an exam, you will receive information regarding scheduling the CTP exam. This exam will be taken at a Pearson VUE testing center. You will have approximately a 45-60 day time frame to take the exam.
The clinical exam consists of two Operative and one Periodontal treatment on live patients, plus an Endodontic treatment exam on extracted teeth.
The schedule consists of one Orientation Day and two and a half Clinic Days.
Orientation Day – Endodontic model collection, School Tour, Candidate Orientation question and answer period, and Candidate packet distribution.
Clinic Day 1 – First full clinic day
Clinic Day 2 – Second full clinic day
Clinic Day 3 – 1/2 clinic day the exam ends at 11:00 a.m.
The exam begins with Orientation Day, the first day listed in the Dental Exam Locations, Dates, & Fees. Do not apply for the exam if you are unable to attend all the exam days. Scheduling modifications cannot be arranged.
The Loma Linda exams are scheduled for five days, beginning with Orientation Day on a Friday. The second day (Saturday) has no exam activities. Candidates with religious restrictions on Saturdays should consider enrolling in one of the Loma Linda exams.
The Operative procedures may be completed any time that you are not scheduled for the Endodontic exam during the 2½ clinic days. You will provide patients and complete two different restorative procedures, one of which must be a Posterior Composite. The second procedure can be one of the following four:
Two Posterior Composites restorations are acceptable. An indirect class II posterior composite will not be allowed.
Patients will be submitted for approval, a preparation grade and a finish grade.
The Periodontal Treatment procedure may be completed any time that you are not scheduled for the Endodontic exam during the 2½ clinical days. A patient is submitted for approval, then scaling and root planing of one (1) or two (2) quadrants is performed and then the patient is submitted for grading.
The Endodontic exam is a four (4) hour timed exam. You will be allowed in the lab 30 minutes before the exam time to set up your station and receive the Floor Examiner set up check to start access and treatment. The exam consists of endodontic treatment on two (2) extracted teeth: one (1) anterior tooth and one (1) multi-canal posterior tooth. The teeth will be mounted in arches and treatment will be done with the arches mounted in a mannequin.
The Endodontic exam is the only section of the clinical exam that is scheduled at a specific time. You will receive an email approximately four weeks prior to the first day of the exam notifying you that your Candidate ID number and the Dental Exam Schedule have been posted. You will need your login information to access the information. Your schedule will only be posted if your proof of qualification has been received. Schedules will not be given out over the phone. Scheduling requests will not be considered.
Patient selection is an important factor in the clinical exam. You must provide a Patient or Patients for the Operative and Periodontal Treatment procedures.
The following criteria apply to all Patients for the clinical exam:
Patient selection is your responsibility. WREB staff, the Boards of Dentistry of participating states, and dental schools are not able to supply Patients. You are graded on your ability to accurately determine and effectively interpret Patient qualification criteria. This is an integral part of the examination. Therefore, other professionals should not “prequalify” your Patient for the examination.
Dental chair-side assistants may be used during clinical procedures. Dental assistants may perform any duties, which are legally acceptable in the state where the exam is given, except graded procedures. Please see the Dental Exam Candidate Guide for detailed assistant requirements.
Candidates must furnish all instruments and equipment, including high and low-speed hand pieces. Equipment may be available to rent at some exam sites. Certain expendable materials are furnished to candidates. Details are covered in the Exam Site Information.
CNA Insurance Company, through the Professional Protector Plan in cooperation with WREB, will extend WREB professional liability coverage with the limit amounts of $1,000,000/$3,000,000 for the patient-based portion of the dental exam at no charge to the candidate. WREB will forward the names and addresses of all candidates to CNA.
Candidates MUST present acceptable and valid identification (ID), as described below, in order to be admitted to the WREB Dental exam.
NOTE: If you have questions about the following identification requirements, you should contact WREB Dental Department BEFORE applying for the exam.
You must provide a personal photo during the exam registration process. This becomes a component of your individual Candidate Profile at WREB and will be included on all score reports to schools and state licensing boards. Your profile photo is used to create an individual Candidate ID badge for the exam. This profile photo and the identification verification document will be validated at the exam by the WREB Site or Auxiliary Coordinator to verify the identity of the candidate. Identification must be verified prior to admittance to any WREB clinical examination.
At the exam, you shall appear in person and provide two (2) valid, non-expired forms of identification, one of which must be primary and one may be secondary.
Primary ID must have your photo and your signature. Acceptable forms of primary ID are:
Secondary ID must have your name and signature. Acceptable forms of secondary ID are:
Make sure your ID’s are current and indicate the same name that you submitted to the WREB Office. This is very important for allowing you admittance to the examination.
At any time during the exam, you may be asked and should be prepared to present the “Acceptable Document” and Candidate ID badge to a School Coordinator, Site Coordinator, Auxiliary Coordinator, or Floor Examiner. Admittance to the exam does not imply that the identification you presented was valid. If it is determined that your ID was fraudulent or otherwise invalid, WREB will report to the appropriate governing agencies or board any candidate or other individual who has misreported information or altered documentation in order to fraudulently attempt an exam. You are subject to dismissal from the clinical exam.
A cancellation notice must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that a cancellation notice is received in the WREB office by the appropriate deadline date as outlined below. Once an applicant has submitted an application, the following refunds and cancellation policies apply.
A written cancellation received in the WREB office:
*If candidate has taken the CTP exam, an additional $280.00 fee will be withheld from the refund amount.
Important: If the required proof of qualification is not in the WREB office by the final deadline date, you forfeit your place in the exam and receive no refund.
Exceptions may be made only in the case of a documented medical emergency occurring after the final deadline. In such cases, 50 percent of the exam fee may be transferred to a future exam within the next 12 months upon receipt of appropriate documentation of the medical emergency and approval by the WREB Board of Directors.
Documentation of the medical emergency must be received within 30 days of the emergency occurring or a transfer of funds will not be considered.
In the case of a medical emergency occurring after the final deadline, a compromise policy has been adopted. Both WREB and the candidate will incur a financial loss, but neither will have to bear 100 percent of the loss. The candidate must submit documentation (depending on the emergency) in one of the following ways: (a) a letter from the treating physician (typed on the physician’s letterhead stationery and mailed directly from the treating physician to WREB, attesting to the specific medical condition which results in the inability of the candidate to attend the exam); or (b) records from the emergency room; or (c) a copy of the death certificate of an immediate family member.
This documentation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the WREB Board of Directors. If it is determined the documentation warrants an exception to the published cancellation policy, WREB will transfer 50 percent of the exam fee to a new exam scheduled within twelve months of the cancelled exam. No refunds or complete transfers to another exam will be considered.
WREB, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, will provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations for candidates with documented disabilities.
Candidates with disabilities who require accommodations while taking the WREB exam may apply to WREB for consideration of the accommodations by submitting the Special Accommodations Request Form no later than 45 days prior to the exam.
WREB has two Appeals Committees, one for Dental Appeals and one for Dental Hygiene Appeals (individually a “Committee” and collectively the “Committees”). Members of each Committee are appointed by the President. Each Committee has two Co-Chairs. For the Dental Appeals Committee, six dental examiners (one of whom will be the current Treasurer of the Board of Directors and one will be the President-Elect) are appointed to review dental appeals. For the Dental Hygiene Appeals Committee, four dental hygiene examiners are appointed to review dental hygiene appeals. The appointments to both Committees are rotating four year terms. Members of the Committees must be current WREB Examiners.
The Committees develop policies and procedures that provide anonymous, impartial, and timely examination appeal procedures. The Committees are charged with the responsibility of providing an appeals process to WREB candidates who have (i) failed any of the Clinical Examinations, (ii) received a reduction in an exam score, (iii) engaged in any Improper Performance (as defined in the Candidate Guide), (iv) engaged in any Unethical Conduct (as defined in the Candidate Guide), or (v) any other event or irregularity that occurred at an exam. If any of the above has occurred, the Candidate may file an appeal with WREB. For Improper Performance or Unethical Conduct, exam results will be withheld pending results of the appeal. If a candidate fails an exam or is dismissed from an exam due to Improper Performance or Unethical Conduct, then the candidate must seek permission from the WREB Board of Directors prior to retaking the exam. See the Candidate Guide for other consequences of engaging in Improper Performance or Unethical Conduct.
Two members of the applicable Committee are assigned to each appeal. They review the appeal sequentially and independently, and document their findings by letter to the assigned Committee Co-Chair. The Co-Chair reviews and summarizes the responses of the committee members to make sure that the appeals procedure has been followed and notifies the candidate, through the WREB office, the results of the appeal. The Co-Chair may request additional reviewers be assigned to the appeal, and continue the investigation if further information is deemed necessary to reach an anonymous, impartial, and timely conclusion before notifying the candidate, through the WREB office, of the results.
The following action will be taken when a candidate elects to file an appeal:
The only basis for granting a favorable finding to a candidate’s appeal is if the Committee determines that:
The following criteria will not be considered in the appeal process:
The following policies will be in effect for all candidates, Committee members, WREB Board members, the WREB Chief Executive Officer, and WREB staff, in the review process.