How to Retake & Pass the NBDE 1


The National Board Dental Examination, or NBDE, is given to all dental school graduates seeking their dental licenses from the American Dental Association. Should you fail Part I of the NBDE during your initial examination, you are eligible to retake the exam. However, the ADA does not permit you to retake the exam for at least 90 days after the date you took the exam initially. Registration for the NBDE is done through the Prometric Contact Center for all exams; your retake-eligibility information is not provided to the Prometri Contact Center until 85 days have passed since your initial exam, which means you must wait at least 85 days to schedule a retake. To pass the exam the second time around you should spend those 90 days studying the information you learned in dental school and by reviewing released editions of the NBDE.

Things You'll Need

  • Dental school notes
  • Dental school textbooks
  • Released editions of dental exam
  • Go to the Prometric Contact Center's website to apply for an NBDE Part 1 retake. Choose the "ADA: American Dental Association Tests" from the drop-down menu and click "Start" in the "Get Started" box.

  • Choose your country and state from the drop down menus and click "Next." Click "Reschedule or Cancel an Exam."

  • Provide your confirmation/tracking number --- provided to you when you originally scheduled the test the first time --- and the first four letters of your last name before clicking "Next."

  • Verify your name and other personal information and confirm that you are retaking the NBDE Part I. Choose a date, time and location near you to retake the test. To pass the test, study the material you learned in Dental School and by studying released editions of the NBDE.

Tips & Warnings

  • Call (800) 688-5804 to schedule a date and time to retake the NBDE Part I again.
  • Obtain a released edition of the NBDE Part I calling (312) 440-2795 and purchasing a copy of it to study before taking the retest. This is a helpful tool in passing the exam the second time around.


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