The National Dental Examining Board of Canada (NDEB) said it is investigating potential exposure and unauthorized use of NDEB examination content and has cancelled the upcoming administrations of the Assessment of Fundamental Knowledge (AFK) as it determines the best way to move forward.
“Widespread cheating impacts everybody,” Marie Dagenais, executive director of the NDEB, which is responsible for establishing and maintaining a national standard of competence for dentists in Canada. “The consequences of direct or indirect participation in this type of behavior will result not only in the cancellation of examinations but increased fees.”
The NDEB expects to have to raise the fee for the AFK to account for the financial loss associated with exposed questions and unauthorized use of NDEB examination content and to support the development of new examination content.
“It is unfortunate that the actions of some will have such a broad impact on others. However, the NDEB cannot consider an examination that contains exposed questions a valid and reliable assessment of knowledge for prospective dentists in Canada,” said Dr. Caroline Nguyen, NDEB director of examinations.
The NDEB is urging anyone with information about test reconstruction, unauthorized use of NDEB examination content, including released examination materials, or any other forms of cheating to come forward.
“Persons engaging, whether directly or indirectly, in these activities do not exemplify the minimum standards of honesty, integrity, and professionalism expected of dentists in Canada,” said Dagenais.
“The actions of some are, unfortunately, tarnishing the reputation of others, and only when the persons responsible are identified and held accountable can we begin to change this perception,” Dagenais said.