Written Examination

The Accreditation Written Examination tests a dentist’s foundational knowledge in cosmetic dentistry. Dentists who are knowledgeable in all phases of cosmetic dentistry are expected to pass the written examination. Failure to pass the written examination indicates that a dentist would likely benefit from further education in cosmetic dentistry prior to attempting the submission of clinical cases. The written examination is administered at the Annual AACD Scientific Session, at Castle Testing Centers, and at additional dates as directed by the ABCD. The annual scientific session is held in the spring at different locations, and is publicized well in advance of the date.

Eligibility for the Written Examination (at the annual meeting or at a testing center)
To be eligible to take the written examination at the next annual scientific session, an application must be completed and the fee paid for the written examination. Castle Testing Centers serve as a testing site for the Accreditation Written Examination in between August 1 - December 30 of each year.   

Application and Fees
Applications for the written examination are made through the AACD Executive Office. A non-refundable written examination application fee must accompany the application to take the exam. This fee includes the processing of the examination application and one testing appointment.  

$400 (USD) paper-based at the Annual AACD Scientific Session
$685 (USD) computer-based at Castle Testing Center

Click here for additional information about fees related to taking the exam at a Castle Testing Center.

Postponement
If the paper-based written examination is postponed in writing, an administrative fee of $125 (USD) will be required to reschedule to a new paper-based examination. Failure to appear for a paper-based written examination will result in forfeiture of all fees.

If the computer-based written examination is rescheduled or cancelled through the testing vendor, an administrative fee of $50 (USD) will be required to reschedule. Members may reschedule or cancel their computer-based examination up to four (4) business days in advance of the appointment. Failure to appear for a computer-based examination without cancelling or rescheduling within the allotted time will result in forfeiture of all fees.

Content
Foundational knowledge in cosmetic dentistry includes all disciplines of dentistry with an emphasis on those subjects with a special relevance to aesthetics. Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Smile design
  • Adhesion
  • Materials
  • Occlusion
  • Porcelain/resin restorations
  • Posterior aesthetic restorations
  • Bridges and pontics
  • Implants
  • Color/shade
  • Whitening
  • Periodontics
  • Orthodontics
  • Laboratory communication
  • Photography

Some questions will be included that are based on scenarios of clinical cases concerned with cosmetic dentistry. For a complete list of subject areas, click here.

Type of Examination/Grading
The written examination is a multiple-choice examination. Each question is referenced to a textbook or referred source to ensure its validity. A listing of study materials and sample written examinations are available to help you.

In order to have credibility with the dental community, all steps are followed to ensure that the written examination complies with the established rules of testing. A representative of a testing agency is present when the written examination is compiled. The educational testing and measurement consultant is also responsible for grading the written examination and presents the results to the ABCD. For more information contact the AACD Credentialing Department at 800.543.9220.

Sample Examinations
Some questions will be taken from the written examinations each year and will be released in the form of a sample examination. The sample examinations may be purchased here.

Time Limit
There is a time limit to complete the entire Accreditation process. The final step in the process, the oral examination, must be taken and passed by the fifth annual scientific session that follows having passed the written examination. In order to be fair to all individuals pursuing Accreditation in the AACD, the ABCD has established policy that no waivers or time extensions will be granted within the Accreditation process.