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When is the CRDTS Exam offered?
The CRDTS examination is offered at multiple sites. For the exam schedules, see the Dental tab or the Dental Hygiene tab > Exam Calendar.

How can I obtain an application for the CRDTS exam?

The Dental and Hygiene tabs contain information about exam application and eligibility as well as an online application form that can be submitted to CRDTS. Once submitted, the confirmation page includes instructions to complete the application process. Applying online does not guarantee a space in the exam.

Who is eligible to take the CRDTS exams? Please see the Application and Eligibility requirements under the appropriate exam tab.

If I am unable to or decide not to take the CRDTS exam after I have paid my fees, can I get my money back?

Refunds will be made minus a $200 processing fee for dental /$100 processing fee for dental hygiene if notification of cancellation is received in the CRDTS Central Office 30 days prior to the first day of the examination. A 50% refund will be made if notification is made at least 6 business days prior to the examination. After that time, any cancellation will result in forfeiture of the entire examination fee. This policy applies to all cancellations, regardless of reason.

Does CRDTS issue my license for practice?

No. CRDTS is a testing agency that administers exams, we are not a licensure or regulatory board. Although our exam results are used as part of the decision-making process for licensure, CRDTS is not directly involved in this process. For more information on the specific requirements for licensure in each of the CRDTS member states, you must contact each state's Dental Board. Contact information for these Dental Boards can be found on the Contact Page.

How can I obtain a copy of my score report(s) from the CRDTS exam?

Duplicate Score Request. https://www.crdts.org/duplicatescorerequest.aspx to enter On-line Score Report Request. Scores will be reported upon receipt of a submitted request and fee.

What is the Integrated Format?
Integrated Format:

The Integrated Format is the pre-graduation examination offered to junior/senior dental students and graduate students of record. The Integrated Format affords candidates the opportunity to successfully demonstrate critical clinical competence in basic clinical procedures required by CRDTS recognizing jurisdictions for licensure. The time-sequencing of this format provides for the opportunity to re-mediate when necessary within the dental school curriculum as well as for timely issuance of licenses upon graduation.

Integrated Format versus Traditional Format:
Both the Integrated Format and Traditional Format examinations are identical in content, criteria and scoring. The major difference between the two formats is in the time-sequencing of how the examination is administered. The Traditional Format examination is administered in its entirety over the course of three days to all eligible candidates near the end of the academic year. The Integrated Format examination is administered in segments over the course of eight months to eligible dental students during their senior year or graduate program in dental school

What is the CRDTS appeals process?
CRDTS maintains a complaint review process whereby a candidate may request a review of any circumstances that may have affected performance. This is a formalized process conducted by a special committee whose charge is to review the facts as documented in the submission. Please note that regrading of procedures is not part of this process. A $250 filing fee will be charged by CRDTS to file and process a formal complaint review.


Where will my CRDTS' Results be accepted?

Please contact the licensing State Board to determine all licensure requirements. 

What is the Dental re-examination policy?

Retests - Parts II, III, IV & V: A score is reported for each of the conjunctive Parts of the CRDTS dental examination. If one or more Parts are failed, all procedures in that Part must be retaken, not just the procedures with deficient performance. Traditional candidates applying for re-examina­tion must provide docu­mentation that all school requirements have been completed and the candidate has gra­duated.

Retest opportunities for the Manikin and Patient-Based Examinations will be administered at select dental schools that may or may not be the candidate’s school of attendance. Applicants from the school where the examination is administered receive priority for assignment to that site.

Candidates retaking Parts IV and V will adhere to the open schedule previously outlined. Candidates retaking Part IV or Part V only will have 3 hours to complete Part IV-Periodontal Examination and 6 hours to complete the Part V-Restorative Examination; appropriate end-of-examination deadlines apply, regardless of start time for the examination:

Initial Treatment Selection Approval 1.5 hours prior to End of Exam

Periodontal Resubmissions/Restorative Preparations 1.0 hour prior to End of Exam

Periodontal Final Eval/Restorative Restorations By End of Exam Deadline

Example: Restorative only exam scheduled from 8 AM until 2 PM would require initial treatment selection approval on 2nd procedure no later than 12:30 PM; the 2nd preparation submitted for final evaluation by 1 PM and 2nd/final restoration submitted by 2 PM.

Candidates who are retaking the examination must fulfill current examination requirements since the examination format is periodically redesigned. In every instance of re-examination, the candi­date must complete a new application and remit the current examination fee.

What is the Dental Hygiene re-examination policy?
Candidates who are unsuccessful must submit a new application and pay the examination fee. Candidates are permitted to apply for only one examination at a time and may not submit another application until after the results of the prior examination have been distributed. Candidates who are retaking the examination must fulfill current examination requirements since the examination format is periodically redesigned.

All portions of the failed examination must be retaken, not just the procedures with deficient performance. The candidate applying for reexamination must provide documentation that all school requirements have been completed and the candidate has graduated.

What are CRDTS’ requirements for remediation prior to re-examination?

It is the responsibility of each state or licensing jurisdiction to enforce its own remediation policy. There is no state which requires remediation after only one failure; some states may require remediation after two failures. Any candidate intending to seek licensure in one of the states that accepts the results of the CRDTS examination should check with the appro­priate State Board regarding its remediation and re-examination requirements.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to obtain and complete all requirements for remedial education in accordance with the requirements of the licensing jurisdictions in which they seek to obtain licensure. CRDTS does not assume any responsibility in providing this information or in monitoring the completion of such requirements prior to examination. After three or more failures, CRDTS requires that the candidate submit a letter from a state participating in the CRDTS examination verifying that the candidate has completed the remediation requirements of the state and that the state will consider the results of the re-examination for licensure.

What is the standardized floss CRDTS will provide?
CRDTS provides approved, standardized floss sachets for the evaluation of interproximal contact on the Class III Composite Restoration:
POH LiteWax Percept 630 Black Floss in a convenient sachet unit

Contact for pricing:
POH Oral Health Products, Inc.

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