SRTA and Promethean Dental Systems have partnered to offer on-demand dental licensure exams in several locations.
The Southern Regional Testing Agency (SRTA) and Promethean Dental Systems (PDS) have partnered to offer on-demand dental licensure exams for graduating dental students in locations across the country.
The new exam locations will be at testing facilities using PDS’s advanced Simodont dental simulation systems.
“Our collaboration with PDS is an exciting move in the right direction for dental and hygiene students, educators, and state boards,” said Gerry Walker, DMD, SRTA president. “With PDS, we are providing a new model of testing for candidates that no other agency offers, allowing the ultimate flexibility for our students.”
The new testing process offers real-life dental situations in a safe environment using a combination of manikin and Simodont with computerized analytical grading instead of patients.
Using the Simodont with the manikin for testing allows for objective grading through machine learning and precision computations, according to SRTA.
Simodonts can create situations for each portion of the SRTA licensure exam, endodontic, fixed prosthodontics, restorative, and periodontal scaling, and can change and expand testing modules.
This combination approach offers a flexible strategy for testing that SRTA can update with minimal overhead costs each year.
The multimodel dental exam will first be offered in Athens, Georgia, at a Promethean testing facility. It will be a hybrid exam that will begin with a virtual haptic simulation along with manikin-based testing.
“Our testing centers offer a stress-free examination environment for students. Candidates can now take a dental licensure exam on their terms, without the stress of the typical masses of students and patients on exam day,” said Mary Jane Hanlon, DMD, PDS senior vice president. “Our multimodal system and research-proven fidelity provide an outstanding and effective testing experience for our candidates.”