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1The AGD Fellowship Exam
The Fellowship Exam is developed by a team of general dentists who represent the broad spectrum of the AGD's membership. A total of 16 members make up three Fellowship Exam Committees. Using a combination of clinical and academic experience, areas of expertise, and reference books and periodicals, the committees begin work on the next edition of the exam within weeks after the previous exam is administered. The exam goes through many revisions before it reaches its final form.
Each exam is finalized in February of the year it is initially offered. Thus, the exam does NOT include new information or research findings published or made available after that time.
The Fellowship Exam covers all dental disciplines and strongly emphasizes clinical applications of currently accepted dental knowledge, techniques and procedures. The committees expect candidates to draw on their own practical experiences as they take the Fellowship Exam. However, the committees recommend that candidates refresh their knowledge of basic clinical information in the 17 areas of general dentistry covered in the exam.
Fellowship Award Requirements Members must pass this exam in order to attain the AGD Fellowship award. Active AGD membership for three consecutive years and completion of 500 hours of FAGD-approved continuing education credit are also requirements for Fellowship award. The exam may be taken before the other two requirements are fulfilled and can, in fact, be taken 90 days after an active AGD membership begins.
Attendance at a convocation ceremony, held during the AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits, is also mandatory for Fellowship. Once the Fellowship award application is evaluated and approved, successful award candidates are allowed up to three years to attend a convocation ceremony to receive the award. To request an exam or award application, contact the dental education department at 888.243.3368, ext. 4969.
To view your continuing education record at any time, go to the My CE section of the AGD web site at www.agd.org. To request a copy of your transcript, contact the membership service department at 888.AGD.DENT (243.3368).
Exam Content and Format The AGD Fellowship Exam consists of approximately 250 multiple choice test questions in the following dental disciplines:
Anesthesia, Sedation, & Pharmacology
Environmental, Workplace Safety, & Infection Control
Occlusion, TMD, Orofacial Pain, & Sleep Disorders
Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, & Medical Emergencies
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Development
Special Care Dentistry
The exam is administered in a one-day, four-hour testing session. The Fellowship Exam Committees use a detailed summary, which contains an outline of each discipline covered on the exam to construct the exam. These outlines are strictly adhered to by the Exam Committees during the development of the exam. The discipline outlines are listed at the end of this booklet for your review.
The two types of multiple choice questions you will see on the Fellowship Exam are:
1. Simple Multiple Choice Questions
2. Complex True-False Questions
1. Simple Multiple Choice Questions
Most of the questions fall into this category. The problem is stated either in the form of a direct question with four responses, or as an incomplete statement with a selection of four phrases to complete the statement. There are two distinct types of multiple choice questions: Correct Answer variety and Best Answer variety.
Correct Answer Variety:
In these questions, the statement is followed by several responses. One of these will be absolutely correct while the others are not. Questions that fall into this category deal with topics of a factual nature.
Assault and battery are legal terms describing liability when treatment:
is abusive in nature.
is done without consent.
is unreasonably traumatic.
falls short of patient expectations.
1. Attempt to select the correct answer directly. If this is not possible, attempt to determine the answer by the process of elimination.
Read the question carefully. DO NOT add to or delete from the information provided.
Do not read information into a question that is not there.
You may find it helpful to consider each alternative "true," "false" or "unsure" as you read so the correct answer may become more apparent.
Best Answer Variety:
These questions are used to assess the dentist's ability to make clinical judgments. In these questions, more than one response may be correct to some degree. Candidates are directed to select the "best" or "most nearly correct" response.
The best time to perform an occlusal adjustment of the natural dentition, when constructing a mandibular partial denture is:
A. during the try-in appointment.
B. at the earliest appointment after diagnosis.
C. at insertion of the denture after border correction.
D. following remount procedure and analysis.
Think of the advantages and disadvantages of each answer and the findings currently supported in dental literature before selecting a response.
Select the best answer of those provided, even though there may be a better answer that is not included.
Pay attention to words in the statement that are capitalized.
2. Complex True-False Questions These questions consist of two statements that may or may not be directly related. Candidates must determine the accuracy of each statement and provide the correct TRUE/FALSE combination.
Amalgam scrap should be stored in a sealed container under X-ray fixer solution. Disposable amalgam capsules are preferable to reusable ones primarily because they reduce the risk of accidental mercury spills.
As with typical true/false questions, be alert to “absolute determiners.” Statements that include “all,” “always,” “never” are usually false.
Test Taking Tips
Anxiety is a frequent side effect of testing. Fortunately, there appears to be some optimal level of anxiety desirable in a testing situation. Mild degrees of anxiety have been shown to enhance performance by sharpening concentration.
The following strategies are suggested to help minimize anxiety and maximize performance:
Work through the exam rapidly, but at a pace that allows a reasonable assurance of accuracy.
Pace yourself. Set up a time schedule so that you have the best chance of completing the exam within the time limits, and extra time to re-check your answers.
If an answer is not readily apparent, either temporarily skip the question and come back to it later or, if time is running short, guess.
Mark the exam booklet by questions you skipped, as well as those you would like to reconsider, so they can be easily located later.
5. There is no penalty for guessing on this exam. Therefore, it is to your benefit to answer every question, even those few that you know little about.
Study Aids Fellowship Exam Study Guide
The Fellowship Exam Study Guide contains 100 new and previously used items all of which represent examples of examination questions. Each question is accompanied by an answer, a critique that explains the correct and incorrect answers, and references that document the answers and provide additional resource materials.
The questions are drawn from the subject areas covered on the exam and provide a means to familiarize candidates with the format and the types of questions candidates will find in the Fellowship Exam. Candidates can simulate taking the exam using the answer sheet provided in the study guide then score their own exam to determine if their answers were correct or incorrect using the critiques. Candidates can further research a question by utilizing the references at the back of the study guide.
AGD members will receive 15 credit hours of self-instruction after returning the completed original answer sheet. You will not receive credit for completing subsequent volumes of the study guide or submitting a copy of the answer sheet. The study guide is $85* and may be purchased by phone by calling 888.AGD.DENT or order online at www.agd.org. Fellowship Review Course
A two-day review course to help candidates prepare for the Fellowship Exam will be offered at the AGD Annual Meeting & Exhibits and in the fall each year at various locations. As part of
* Price subject to change without notice
the course, all registrants will receive a current copy of the Fellowship Exam Study Guide prior to the annual meeting. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to prepare for the exam with your peers. If desired, attendees may register to sit for the Fellowship Exam immediately following a review course. If you are interested in participating in the review course, contact the AGD directly for more information.
The Study Buddy Forum
The Study Buddy on-line forum was developed for members to ask questions, exchange tips or resources and share personal exam preparation experiences with other members who are currently preparing to sit for the Fellowship Exam. The forum is monitored regularly to provide assistance to those members who have questions related to the exam and the exam process. Go to http://lcc.agd.org/MyGroups/MembersOnly/Lists/Exam Study Buddy Forum/AllItems.aspx to go to the forum.
General Information About The Fellowship Exam Paper & Pencil Version of the Fellowship Exam:
The paper and pencil version of the Fellowship Exam will be administered at the next three AGD Annual Meetings in the following locations:
2012 Philadelphia, PA
2013 Nashville, TN
2014 Detroit, MI
DANTES Testing Sites:
Only those AGD members who are serving in the military and practicing overseas may arrange to take the Fellowship Exam at a DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) testing site in conjunction with the annual meeting exam date. Each member is responsible for making arrangements with the DANTES Test Control Officer (TCO).
A letter must be submitted to the AGD from the testing officer verifying the following information:
Name of the person who will administer the exam
Shipping address for the exam materials
Contact telephone number or e-mail address
A statement confirming that the testing officer will administer the exam and secure it until it is returned to the AGD.
The letter must confirm the name of the candidate who will be sitting for the exam.
Candidates will NOT be allowed to sit for the Fellowship Exam if a letter is not submitted from the DANTES testing officer.
Computerized Version of the Fellowship Exam
The Fellowship Exam is available on computer at Schroeder Measurement Technologies (SMT) centers throughout the United States. An exam appointment may be scheduled at SMT sites year round. No advance computer knowledge is necessary, and scores are available immediately. There is a fee of $450 for taking the exam on computer at an SMT site. Candidates will enjoy the convenience of a site close to home and the ability to schedule the exam on a date of their choosing, minimizing disruption to your practice. Candidates must submit and exam application and fee to the AGD before an appointment can be scheduled. For more information, please call 888.AGD.DENT, (243.3368), ext. 4969 or go online at www.agd.org.
Dental school graduates who are active AGD members for a minimum of 90 days before the date of the exam may apply to sit for the Fellowship Exam.
Candidates may register for the paper and pencil version of the Fellowship Exam up to and including the morning of the exam at the annual meeting.
Candidates wishing to take the exam at SMT testing centers must submit an application to the AGD at least one week before they wish to schedule an exam, and then make their own appointment upon receiving AGD confirmation.
Military dentists practicing overseas who wish to take the paper and pencil version of the Fellowship Exam at a DANTES site must submit an application 90 days before the exam date. The computerized version of the Fellowship Exam is not available outside the United States.
Exam applications may be obtained from the AGD Chicago office by writing: Academy of General Dentistry, 211 E Chicago Avenue, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60611, calling toll free 888.AGD.DENT, ext. 4969, or visiting the AGD web site at www.agd.org. Fees and Cancellation Policy
The full exam fee for either the paper & pencil or the computerized version of the Fellowship Exam is as follows:
Paper and Pencil
The exam fee may be paid by Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners Club or check made payable to the Academy of General Dentistry.
If a candidate’s appointment for the paper and pencil version of the exam is cancelled five (5) days before the exam date, a full refund is granted. If the appointment is cancelled less than five (5) days prior to the exam, a $50 processing fee is forfeited. Candidates may cancel an appointment with SMT at least five (5) days in advance with no penalty; less than five days notice will result in a forfeit of the entire exam fee. If a candidate does not appear for a scheduled appointment, the entire exam fee is forfeited. The full exam fee is required to sit for the exam at a future date. The exam fee is not refunded if the candidate fails the exam. No discount is given to those members who come within five (5) points of a passing score.
The AGD limits the time an exam fee is held, but not utilized by a candidate, to a period of two years. Once the two-year time limit has expired, the AGD will assess a $50 handling fee from the original exam fee and return the remainder of the exam fee to the candidate.
The AGD is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Candidates who need special assistance should submit requests and verification of their condition with their applications.
All electronic devices, such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), pagers and cell phones are strictly prohibited in the testing room during the Fellowship Exam.
The Fellowship Exam is norm-referenced. Scores are based on the candidate's total number of correct answers. A minimum pass score is established annually, which indicates a level of dental knowledge appropriate for attainment of the Fellowship award. Each year's exam is statistically equated to previous year’s exam assuring the pass level is consistent so that candidates do not have to compete against each other.
Scores are provided for each major subject area to help candidates identify their strengths and weaknesses. Scores are mailed approximately eight-ten weeks after the annual meeting/DANTES testing date. Scores are provided to candidates at SMT sites immediately upon exam completion of the exam. NO score information will be given out over the telephone, by fax, or by e-mail. Irregularities
The Examinations Council defines "irregularities in testing” as a situation in which an exam fails to measure the ability of a candidate appropriately. One reason for failing to measure the ability of a candidate is the direct communication among two or more candidates. If a test administrator observes communication between candidates during the exam, it will be reported as an irregularity. An irregularity may also involve being the innocent victim of a copier. The Examinations Council rules on each irregularity and may recommend that scores be voided without refund. Each candidate is responsible for protecting the integrity of his/her answer sheet.
A candidate who does not pass the Fellowship Exam may apply to take a subsequent version of the exam upon submission of a new application and the exam fee. Re-examination involves sitting for the entire exam. It is not possible to be re-examined in selected subject categories only. In addition, a candidate may not sit for the same version of the Fellowship Exam. A candidate who fails the current exam must take the next version of the exam. There is no limit to the number of times a candidate may retake the exam.
Have a question or a comment? Please contact the AGD at 888.AGD.DENT (243-3368) we will be glad to help you.