NBDE FAQS for Indian Dental Students
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For many Indian & Asian students who have finished their Dental Graduation , going abroad to countries like USA & CANADA and settling there as a professional dentist , is a big dream .
But before venturing in to any such journey a clear cut & definite idea about all the rules , regulations and finances is very necessary . If one enters such a venture without proper planning & resources , it can cause lot of tensions .
In this articles some basic FAQs have been answered. Please do note that ” the rules and regulations keep on changing. Before taking any final decision always consult the American embassy in your country. Never trust any unverified third party or pay them any money who claims to get you all the approvals by short cuts or other methods.
1. I have completed my BDS but not internship. Its is any problem for doing DDS or NBDE exams ?
Ans : No one must complete the entire BDS course along with compulsory rotatory Internship to be eligible for DDS .
2. I have just finished my 2nd year BDS ? Can I get admission in to BDS ?
Ans : Please note for admission in to DDS one needs to complete the BDS degree . But any one who has completed 2nd year of BDS is eligible for Part I exam of NBDE in USA . But official admission can take place only after completing the BDS degree .
3.Whats NBDE part 1 ?
Ans : This exam is conducted by American Dental Association (ADA ) . NBDE part 1 exam is conducted through out the year in approx 300 centres in USA / CANADA . This exam is fully computerized with 400 MCQs with no negative marking .
4. I gave one attempt in 2011.If I pass will I have a second attempt in 2012 ?
Ans : No , Once you pass Part 1 , there is no scope for reattempting the exam . For admission one preferably needs more than 87 percentile score . The more the score the better it is .
5. Pass fail system in 2010 or 2012 ?
Ans: Pass /fail system is from January 2012 but no reattempt clause is valid from Jan 2010.
6. What is GPA ?
Ans : GPA is grand percentile aggregate . It is evaluated ECE (www.ece.org) which gives educational equivalence for each educational credential.
7. How important is GPA ?
Ans: The answer is the higher the better. But it plays a significant role if your NBDE score are less.You can always cover with your low GPA by getting a good percentile in NBDE Part 1 and a good score in TOEFL.
8. How much GPA is considered good?
Ans: Anything above 3 is good. For students with GPA below 2 , will need to get good marks in NBDE Part 1 and TOEFL.
9. How to apply for DDS after BDS ?
GET ECE EVALUATION ( Course by course Recommended )
Prepare for NBDE EXAM 1
[The DENTPIN (DENTal Personal Identifier Number) is a unique personal identifier for applicants & students
students involved with the U.S. dental education system and standardized testing programs]
SCHEDULE A TIME TABLE TO TAKE THE EXAM
APPLY TO UNIVERSITIES FOR ADMISSION TO DDS
DDS FOR 2 TO 3 YEARS
LI CENSURE EXAM OF STATE
PRACTICE AS GENERAL PRACTITIONER IN RESPECTIVE STATE
10.What all I have to study to prepare for NBDE part I ?
Ans: You are suppose to study and prepare for your basic subjects. Here is a complete list of the syllabus http://www.dentalorg.com/nbde-part-1-syllabus.html
11. How to prepare for NBDE part I ? Which books are recommended? Where can I get study material for NBDE part 1 preparation?
Ans: Here is a list of recommended study material and the procedure to procure the same.Follow the links of Dental Decks at the end of the Article. http://www.dentalorg.com/nbde-part-1-syllabus.html
12. I scored only 80 percentile in NBDE part 1 , what can I do?
Ans : With score below 85 percentile, getting an addmission is very tough. But you can improve your profile by adding few observerships and perceptorship certificates and then going for NBDE part 2 and getting a good score in part 2.
13. Do I need to clear both NBDE part 1 & 2 for addmission into DDS?
Ans : Most universities accept Only part 1 scores , but for some you need both. You can get addmission with only part 1 scores but you need to clear part 2 before your DDS completion.
CRUCIAL OFFICIAL LINKS FOR APPEARING FOR NBDE
http://ada.org/2667.aspx ( VISIT THIS LINK TO DOWNLOAD OFFICIAL FORMS OF NBDE , REVISED RULES N REGULATIONS… THE OFFICIAL PAGE OF AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION)
DENTPIN – GET YOUR OWN DENTPIN http://www.ada.org/dentpin.aspx
DENTPIN REQUEST FORM www.ada.org/sections/educationAndCareers/pdfs/denpen_request_form.pdf – 2010-11-11
The DENTPIN (DENTal Personal Identifier Number) is a unique personal identifier for applicants and students involved with the U.S. dental education system and standardized testing programs.
You must register or retrieve a DENTPIN from this site and use it to proceed with your application to a dental education program or application service, your application to test, or your score report request.
The following programs use the DENTPIN to identify students and test-takers and for the confidential, secure reporting, transmission and tracking of test scores and academic data.
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DISCLAIMER : This article just provides the basic information. Please note the regulations keep changing from time to time. So always refer with the Official Website for any verification. Also always visit the embassy directly in person to discuss all the latest regulations and costs.