Score Certification and Appeals

If you would like additional information on a procedure in which you were not successful you may request a Score Certification or Appeal.

Score Certification

This is a request to have the score that was reported recalculated by hand and the results reported to the candidate.

Appeal

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

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 fifty dollars ($50.00), all payments must be made using a VISA or MasterCard.

 

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Appeal

  1. 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. The candidate appeal must be received no later than 30 days following the day you receive your scores. Should a candidate apply for re-examination during the pending appeal, the review shall be terminated, the appeal dismissed and the appeal cannot be re-instituted at later date.  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.
  1. 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. The report of the candidate appeal Panel and all other internal documents related to each appeal shall remain confidential CDCA documents and shall not be reviewed and/or released to the candidate, a representative or anyone else. The appeal becomes a permanent part of a candidates file maintained at the CDCA central office. If an appeal is upheld, the failing grade will be voided. There will be no fee for the retake, and the fee paid for the appeal will be refunded to the candidate.
  1. Any candidate receiving a failing score on a CDCA examination may, on one’s own behalf, submit a candidate appeal of that failing score.
  1. 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