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Frequently Asked Questions

Following are the answers to come frequently asked questions on admissions to the Program for Advanced Standing Students. If you have additional questions, please contact: Office of Student Admissions — PASS Program, Robert Schattner Center,
University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine,
 240 South 40th Street, Room 122, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030, Telephone: 215-898-0558, Fax: 215-573-9648, Email:

Should I wait to be notified by the Admissions Office that my CAAPID application has received before sending in my additional documents?
No, it is to the applicant’s advantage to send the documents prior to submitting the CAAPID application.

Now that National Dental Boards Examination (NBDE) Part 1 score is PASS/FAIL, how will it be considered?
For several years there has been less emphasis on the numerical score in anticipation of the pass/fail format.

Is a notarized copy NBDE Part 1 score acceptable?
No, applicants must submit official scores. Official scores may be submitted along with application materials provided they are enclosed in a sealed envelope from the American Dental Association (ADA). NBDE Part 1 scores may be submitted separately if you do not have them when you submit your supplemental application. Notarized copies are not accepted.There is no expiration date for NBDE Part I.

Can the TOEFL exam be waived?
An official TOEFL score is required for all applicants (including native English speakers) who have received their dental degree from a non-U.S. dental school. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

What is the minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score required?
Although there is no minimum TOEFL score, serious consideration will be given to applicants with internet-based test (IBT) scores of 90 and above. The average IBT TOEFL score for the class entering April 2013 was 99. TOEFL scores from 2010 and earlier will not be considered.

Is a notarized copy of TOEFL acceptable?
No. Official scores may be submitted along with application materials provided they are enclosed in a sealed envelope from Education Testing Service (ETS). TOEFL scores may be submitted separately if you do not have them when you submit your supplemental application. Notarized copies are not accepted.

What are the TOEFL codes used for your school?
Penn Dental Medicine’s TOEFL Institution Code is 2944 and the Department Code is 38.

What minimum GPA is required?
Although there is no minimum GPA, careful consideration will be given to those with a grade point average of 3.1. The average GPA for the PASS class that entered in 2013 was 3.4.

If I am a reapplicant, what documents should I submit?
All reapplicants must submit a CAAPID application, Penn Dental PASS Supplemental Application with essay responses and application fee. Documents from a prior application (transcripts, NDBE Part I scores, ECE Course by Course Evaluations, TOEFL scores, copies of diplomas, and letters of evaluation) can be carried forward if they are available from our record archives. In addition to all application documents mentioned, reapplicants must also submit a reapplication statement describing any changes from previous applications relating to NDBE scores, TOEFL scores, educational experience, and/or work experience, if applicable. Failure to submit a reapplication statement will reduce interview consideration.

Which course by course evaluation is acceptable?
Penn Dental only recognizes the course by course evaluation conducted by ECE (Educational Credential Creditors). WES is not acceptable.

To whom should the application fee be made payable?
A non-refundable $75 application fee must be submitted with the Supplemental Application. Checks (personal checks are acceptable) or money orders in U.S. dollars should be made payable to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.

Will I receive any notification regarding the status of my application?
Applicants will be notified via U.S. mail once his/her application has been received by the Penn Dental Admissions Office from CAAPID. Applicants will also be notified via U.S. mail if any application documents are missing. All applicants will be notified once his/her application is complete. Notification for applicants who are not invited for an interview will begin September 2013.

If invited for an interview, when will candidates be notified?
Highly competitive candidates will be notified via U.S. mail starting in August 2013 until November 2013. Personal interviews are conducted from mid-September 2013 through early December 2013. PASS interviews are conducted only on Tuesday. There is no bench exam.

When will candidates be notified of acceptance?
Admissions decisions will begin on a rolling basis starting late October until the class is full. A class size of approximately 25-30 is anticipated for the class entering 2014.

The Robert Schattner Center
University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030