If an examination is failed the candidate has two options:
This is a request to have the score that was reported recalculated by hand and the results reported to the candidate.
If a candidate believes the examination results were adversely affected by extraordinary conditions during the examination, the candidate may request a review of the examination by an expert panel.
Score Certification is a procedure whereby the electronic evaluation and accompanying documents from which the examination score was generated are re-checked for any irregularities or errors which may have occurred in establishing the score. Irregularities or errors in scoring include duplicate entries, missing or extraneous mark(s) on accompanying documents that could have been misread prior to grading or a mathematical error. Score Certification is not a review of the examination process or candidate performance and a listing of specific candidate errors is not included.
NOTE: All failing scores are routinely checked prior to being released.
A candidate may request a Score Certification of his/her respective results on the ADEX Dental or Dental Hygiene Examination. Such a request must be made on-line and include the candidate’s name, ID number, site of the examination, date of the examination, and current address. There is a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00), all payments must be made using a VISA or MasterCard.
- To preserve the integrity of future examinations, the inspection of examination papers, materials or Evaluation Forms by a candidate or a representative of the candidate shall not be permitted at any time.
- The Director of Examinations, or his/her designee, shall perform the certification and notify the candidate of the results, usually within ten (10) business days of the request at the CDCA Central Office.
- Candidate Appeal may be generated if the candidate believes that his/her examination results were adversely affected by extraordinary conditions during the examination, which affected the final outcome of the candidate’s examination. Appeals are reviewed on the basis of facts surrounding the decision during the examination. Appeals based on patient behavior, tardiness or failure to appear will not be considered. The appeals process is the final review authority and if the appeal is denied there is no further review process within the CDCA.
- All reviews of Candidate Appeals include the SCORE CERTIFICATION described above, and are based on a reassessment of the documentation of the candidate’s performance on the examination. The review is limited to a determination of whether or not there exists substantial evidence to support the judgment of the examiners at the time of the examination. The review will not take into consideration other documentation that is not part of the examination process. Opinions of the candidate, auxiliaries, faculty members, patients, colleagues, examiners acting outside of the area of their assignment and records of academic achievement are not considered in determining the results of the examination and do not constitute a factual basis for an appeal. Consideration can only be given to documents, radiographs or other materials that were submitted during the examination and remain in the possession of the CDCA. Any other information such as radiographs, photographs or models of a patient taken after the completion of the examination will not be considered in the appeals process.
- Any candidate receiving a failing score on a CDCA examination may, on one’s own behalf, submit a candidate appeal of that failing score.
- A candidate appeal must be made in writing by filling out the form below, accompanied by an administrative fee in the form of a cashier’s check or money order in the amount of four hundred dollars ($400.00) payable to the CDCA, sent by certified mail, addressed to:
|Candidate Appeals Panel
The Commission on Dental Competency Assessments
1304 Concourse Drive, Suite 100
Linthicum, MD 21090