Performance of Dentistry Extendee Graduates in the Theoretical Aspect of the Comprehensive Examination and Board Examination

Maria Lourdes E. Cantor, DDM, M.A.Ed., Ed.D.

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between the performance of the Dentistry extendee graduates in the theoretical comprehensive examinations and their performance in the theoretical phase of the Dentistry board examinations. Specifically, the following were determined: the level of performance of the UB extendee graduates in the theoretical comprehensive exams and theoretical board exams; differences in the performance of the extendee graduates in the theoretical comprehensive exams and theoretical board exams according to subject area; and the difference between the performance in the theoretical comprehensive exams and the theoretical dentistry board exams of extendee graduates. An action plan was formulated to improve the conduct of comprehensive examinations and the board performance of extendee graduates to address subject areas with low ratings. Documentary analysis of the review coordinator’s files on the results of the theoretical comprehensive examinations and theoretical board examinations was done. A total of 32 extendee graduates who took the Dentistry licensure examinations from 2008 to 2010 composed the population of the study. The null hypotheses were tested by the F-test and the t-test. The overall level of performance of the extendee graduates in the comprehensive exams is poor. The overall performance of the extendee graduates in the theoretical board exams is fair. Significant differences were noted in the performance rating of the extendees according to subject area. The performance of the extendees in the theoretical board exams significantly differed according to subject area. The overall performance in the theoretical phase of the board exams is significantly higher than the over- all performance in the comprehensive exams. The Dentistry comprehensive exams serve as rigorous preparation for the Dentistry board exams and could help identify areas that need to be carefully studied in preparation for the licensure exams.

Key words: Extendee graduates, performance, theoretical comprehensive exams, theoretical board exams

Source: UB Research Journal, Vol. XXXVII, No. 1, January – June 2013