Written Examination for Diplomate Status

Candidates are allowed a maximum of four (4) hours to complete the written examination for Diplomate status, which is a proctored examination comprised of 200 psychometrically-derived, multiple-choice questions. The ABCP Board of Directors governs all aspects of this written certification qualifying examination for Diplomate status and is solely responsible for its content.The composition of this examination is rooted in the results of a national practice survey and correct responses are evidence-based.

All questions have been designed to a) determine how well a candidate's knowledge, skills and aptitude are integrated into patient care, and b) evaluate the candidate's competence in this area of clinical sciences as outlined by the American Dental Association and mandated by the Accreditation Standards for Advanced General Dentistry Education Programs in Orofacial Pain of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (CODA).

The current composition of the ABCP Diplomate written examination is as follows:

Anatomy 25.0%
Imaging 5.0%
Nutrition Concepts 2.0%
Pain Concepts 19.5%
Neural and Pain Science 2.0%
Dental Sleep Medicine 10.0%
Orthodontic/Orthopedic Concepts 5.0%
Intraoral Appliance Therapy 8.5%
Stabilization Therapy 3.0%
Physical Medicine 5.0%
Neuromuscular Concepts 5.5%
Trauma Care 2.5%
Informed Consent 2.0%
Pharmacology 5.0%

The ABCP is happy to make a recommended reading list available to candidates to assist them in their preparation for the ABCP Diplomate written examination.

Written Examination Process

Candidates whose applications are deemed complete will be deemed "Board -Eligible," invited to sit for the written and oral examinations, and notified of their date, time and location by the ABCP.

This examination is proctored. Each candidate should bring two forms of identification (including one picture ID). Attire is casual.

Recording devices, cellular phones, pagers, personal digital assistants, and other non-medically necessary electronic equipment is not permitted in the examination room. Any candidate found in possession of such non-medical devices will be disqualified without further consideration of refund.