What are the statistics on the National Dental Examining Board’s Equivalency Process?


NDEB posts the results of the Equivalency Process assessments year-over-year on its website www.ndeb-bned.ca.

The average pass rate for the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge over the past three years is approximately 41%. Statistically this is an acceptable pass rate. The pass rate for the Assessment of Clinical Skills is around 30% and about 58% for the Assessment of Clinical Knowledge.

Those who are unsuccessful in the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge are not permitted to attempt the Assessment of Clinical Judgement or the Assessment of Clinical Skills.

It is important to note that many applicants, about several hundred, do not pursue all three assessments. There are many reasons for this and other factors that impact the pass rate, including candidates abandoning the process without explanation, candidates moving, financial hardship, family reasons and children, career shifts and so on. The data confirms that major differences exist in scope and standards of training throughout the world.