Certified Dental Billing Specialist (CDBS™) Examination Guidelines
To qualify for the CDBS™ Exam you will be required to have the following :
- Current ADCA Membership in good standing
- High School Diploma or Equivalent
- Proof of 2 years Dental Billing experience
- Successful completion of the 12 week online CDBS Prep Course may substitute as 2 years experience
The CDBS™ certification exam consists 50 random questions. The format includes fill in the blank, true and false, and multiple choice questions. The Association may use images, video, and/or problem based scenarios throughout the examination.
Once registered you may take the certification exam any day of the week at any hour you choose. You will be emailed instructions on how to access the exam engine within 24 hours after purchase. Once registered you will have 72 hours to take and complete the exam. Once you begin you are given one hour to complete the exam in its entirety. If you fail the exam you will be given one opportunity to re-take the exam at no additional charge. Please note should you fail to pass the exam on the second attempt you will be required to wait 3 months and repurchase the exam in its entirety.
The exam format is a computerized, open book examination, delivered via the internet, based on the following coding manual:
- Current year ADA CDT®
Upon completion of the examination you will immediately receive pass/fail results. You must pass the exam with a minimum score of 80% to become certified. Official results and credentials will be mailed to those who pass the exam within 6-8 weeks of completion. Please do NOT call the Association to check on the status of your credential if it has been less than 8 weeks from the day you took your exam, as the information will not be accessible.
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