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. It 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 DDS ?

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/ Dental Degree in your country.

3.What is 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 computerised with 400 MCQs with no negative marking . Part I of NBDE covers most aspects of the biomedical sciences while part II deals mostly with clinical dentistry issues.

4.What are the systems of Re-Test ?

Ans : Candidates who have passed the NBDE Part I may not retake the examination unless required by a state board or relevant regulatory agency. Candidates who have not passed may apply for reexamination. An examination attempt is defined as any examination administration where the candidate has been seated at a computer at a test centre, and electronically agreed to the confidentiality statement to start the examination.

Candidates must wait a minimum of 90 days between test attempts. There are no exceptions to the 90 day waiting period. NBDE Part I candidates who have not passed an examination after three attempts will be required to wait 12 months after their third attempt before they can apply for reexamination. After the 12-month waiting period has lapsed, a new cycle will apply.

Candidates are encouraged to seek formal remediation before reexamination. Under the JCNDE’s 5 Years/5 Attempts Eligibility Rule, candidates must pass the examination within a) five years of their first attempt or b) five examination attempts, whichever comes first. This applies to examination attempts occurring on or after January 1, 2012. Examination attempts occurring prior to this date are not considered under this regulation.

5. Pass fail system ?

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.

See Next Slide – The Flow Chart of the Steps Needed for NBDE Exams & DDS – The Route to Dentistry in USA

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