Becoming a Diplomate FAQS

When is the ABDSM Diplomate Exam offered?The exam is held once per year, typically in spring. The exam is proctored at a testing facility in your community. Learn more: About the ABDSM Exam 
Am I eligible to sit for the exam?Licensed Dentists are welcome to challenge the ABDSM Diplomate Exam. Learn more: Eligibility
How do I prepare for the Diplomate Process?The ABDSM is proud to offer two paths to the exam: the Traditional Track and the Mastery Track. Learn more: Becoming a Diplomate
What if I do not achieve a passing exam score?You may be eligible for reapplication. Learn more about reapplication policies here.
Traditional Applicant: What if I don't have enough cases to submit by my case deadline?   Contact the national office at to discuss your options.
Mastery Applicant: As a Mastery Program Graduate, how long is my eligibility effective to apply for the Board Exam?The current guidelines provide that Mastery Program Graduates are allotted three (3) years to register and sit for the ABDSM exam without an additional CE requirement.
Mastery Applicant: If I take Tuft's AADSM- Accredited Mastery Program, will I be eligible to sit for the ABDSM Board Exam?   Yes, provided that you complete all program requirements prior to May 7, 2021. You are responsible for communicating with the ABDSM about any need to cancel or reschedule your application for the Board Exam. 
Mastery Applicant: If I take a Mastery Program, will I be a Diplomate of the ABDSM?No. Completing a Mastery Program does not automatically confer Diplomate Certification. The Mastery Program is one track to eligibility for the ABDSM Board Exam. You must apply for and successfully pass the Board Exam to attain Diplomate Certification.