Preparing for the Exam


Exam Content Areas

Applicants are encouraged to use the ABDSM Test Blueprint when studying for the exam. The blueprint describes the content areas covered in the exam along with the approximate percentage of questions in each area.
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The ABDSM uses an approach to nomenclature that uses categories, rather than product or brand names, to describe oral appliances

Nomenclature for Device Characterizations 

Recommended Reading List

The recommended reading list contains the most recent and relevant articles to help you to prepare for the ABDSM examination. Links to the full articles have been added to the list to make them easily accessible. The recommended reading list is presented with the understanding that no reading list can span the entire range of topics covered by the ABDSM exam.  While many exam questions are based on these readings, many are developed from other materials with similar content.

Download the 2020 ABDSM Reading List