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Written Examination

Upcoming Test Dates: May 11 - 15, 2021

In an effort to plan for possible room capacity limitations or other issues at Pearson Vue due to COVID 19, the ABE will offer the Written Exam over a consecutive five-day period in 2021.  Dates are as follows:

Tuesday May 11, 2021
Wednesday May 12, 2021
Thursday May 13, 2021
Friday May 14, 2021
Saturday May 15, 2021

Application Deadline

Please Note:  Applications will be available the week of November 9, 2020.

You must have applications in to the ABE no later than January 8, 2021.  We cannot accept applications after this date.  Once you submit your applications with the ABE, you must then register to sit for the exam directly with Pearson Vue.

Pearson Vue Registration

Pearson Vue Registration for the ABE Written Exam will open on February 15, 2021.  Please be aware that test center registration is done on a first-come-first-serve basis and that centers rapidly fill to capacity. We advise examinees to contact Pearson Vue the day that registration opens.

Selecting a Pearson Vue Testing Center

In association with Data Recognition Corporation and Pearson Vue, the ABE Written Examination is administered as a computer-based examination at Pearson Vue testing centers. Pearson Professional Test Centers are strategically located around the world, helping to eliminate the inconvenience and expense of air travel, hotel accommodations and additional time away from work. All of Pearson’s testing centers are uniform in size, equipment, appearance, and procedures, ensuring a consistent and secure examination experience for all Candidates. Testing center directions will be included in the confirmation letter.

Written Examination

The Written Examination contains 200 questions. Questions are multiple choice, consisting of a stem with four or five foils, and are designed to test recall skills and the Candidate’s ability to apply knowledge, interpret data and solve problems.

The subject areas include anatomy, biochemistry, embryology, general and oral pathology, microanatomy, immunology, inflammation, microbiology, pharmacology, vascular and neurophysiology, pulpal and periradicular pathophysiology, radiology, oral medicine, biostatistics, clinical endodontics, dental materials related to endodontics, related dental disciplines, and classic and current literature.

Download the Written Exam Guidelines