Dental Exam Manual

ADEX Dental Candidate Manuals – (Manuals Available Online Only)

Please read the CDCA’s recommendation regarding the optional ADEX periodontal clinical exam using the following link: Click Here.

The ADEX Dental Examination is given in two formats: the Curriculum Integrated Format (CIF) and in the Traditional Format. The CIF Format can only be taken by students about to enter their senior year of dental school or graduate students at a school hosting the CIF Format examination. The Traditional Format is for those students who elect not to take the CIF Format and for those who have already graduated from dental school. Only students or graduates of schools accredited by the ADA Commission on Dental Accreditation or the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada may take the ADEX Dental Examination. All other candidates must apply through the state dental board in the state or jurisdiction where they wish to practice for permission to take an examination for licensure only in that state or jurisdiction.

Please contact the CDCA Central Office for special instructions if you are:
  • a foreign trained Dentist
  • interested in taking a CDCA administered examination for licensure in a particular state
  • interested in taking the Massachusetts-only examination in dental hygiene for dental students
  • interested in a specialty examination

2017 Dental Exam Manuals– For exams taken in the 2017 calendar year


2018 Dental Exam Manuals– For exams taken in the 2018 calendar year