ADEA CAAPID Application Instructions



Standardized Tests

National Board Dental Exam (NBDE)

Applicants are able to self-report their test results for the National Board Dental Exam (NBDE) Part I and Part II.  No official NBDE scores are collected by ADEA CAAPID. Each individual advanced standing program has their requirements for the NBDE, and any official scores required by an advanced standing program should be sent directly to the program, and not to ADEA CAAPID.

Part I

If the NBDE Part I was completed prior to 2007, applicants will need to self-report their numerical scores in each of the following sections, as well as their reference number:

  • Anatomical Science (49-99)
  • Biochemistry/Physiology (49-99)
  • Microbiology/Pathology (49-99)
  • Dental Anatomy (49-99)
  • Average (49-99)

If the NBDE Part I was completed between 2007 and 2011, applicants will need to report their standard score (49-99) and their overall result (Pass/Fail).

If the NBDE Part I was completed in 2012 or later, applicants are asked to self-report their overall result (Pass/Fail) only.  

Part II

If the NBDE Part II was completed prior to 2012, applicants will need to self-report their average score (49-99). 

If the NBDE Part II was completed in 2012 or later, applicants will need to report the overall result (Pass/Fail) only.


Test of English as a Foreign Language (ETS TOEFL)

All advanced standing programs accepting the ADEA CAAPID application require at least some applicants to complete the ETS TOEFL. Applicants are able to self-report their test results from the ETS TOEFL within the ADEA CAAPID application for either the Internet Based Test (iBT) or Paper Based Test.

In addition to self-reported TOEFL scores, applicants are able to provide official TOEFL score reports directly to ADEA CAAPID.  Official score reports are accepted directly from ETS only, and must be provided electronically.  To have your official TOEFL scores sent directly to ADEA CAAPID, please request scores to be sent to the score code for institution B451: American Dental Education Association’s ADEA CAAPID score reporting code.  

While ADEA CAAPID does collect official TOEFL scores, some advanced standing programs do require official TOEFL scores to be sent directly to the program, as well. Applicants are encouraged to check the specific TOEFL score reporting requirements for each program to which they wish to apply by visiting the ADEA CAAPID Program Directory.


Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

If you have taken the ADAT, your scores will automatically be provided to ADEA. ADEA will provide these scores directly to all programs designated by the applicant outside of the application service. Scores will be provided to programs three times per year in October, December and February. Scores will only be provided to programs for which an applicant has a complete application at the time scores processed. No ADAT scores will be available in the ADEA CAAPID application.