Promethean Dental Systems


SRTA & Promethean Dental Systems

Partnering with Promethean Dental Systems
to Evolve Licensure Exams

The States Resources for Testing and Assessments (SRTA) and Promethean Dental Systems (PDS) have formed a partnership 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 Trainer dental simulation systems and the manikin-based exam.  At this time, no patient exams are available at our PDS locations.  

“Our collaboration with PDS is an exciting move in the right direction for dental and hygiene students, educators, and state boards,” said SRTA President Gerry Walker, DMD. “With PDS, we are providing a new model of testing for candidates that no other agency offers, allowing the ultimate flexibility for our students.”

Dental and dental hygiene schools across the country already use PDS’ Simodont Dental Trainer, but it has not been used for testing in this manner until today. The new testing process offers unprecedented real-life dental situations in a safe environment using a combination of the Simodont Dental Trainer and the manikin with analytical computerized grading instead of patients, as has typically been done with the dental exam process. Using the Simodont Dental Trainer with the manikin for testing also brings completely objective grading via machine grading with precise computations and visual documentation of grading.

Using the Simodont Dental Trainer, our exam committee can work with state board members to create a custom exam for each portion of the licensure exam – endodontic, fixed prosthodontics, restorative, and periodontal scaling.  This combination approach allows a nimble strategy for testing that SRTA can update with minimal overhead costs each year.

The multimodal dental exam, first to be offered in Athens, GA, at a Promethean testing facility, is a hybrid exam that begins with a virtual haptic simulation of a procedure in which the students prepare their restorations then perform the restorations on the manikin.  

“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 PDS senior vice president Mary Jane Hanlon, DMD. “Our multimodal system and research-proven fidelity provide an outstanding and effective testing experience for our candidates.”

This new exam system continues SRTA’s tradition of continuing to seek improvements and modernization for dental exams. The agency prides itself on being the first in the market to offer manikin-based exams in response to the COVID pandemic. SRTA’s manikin exams were being created and piloted by the agency well before the pandemic in response to the industry’s concerns about the safety, efficacy, and ethics of performing examinations on live patients.

“SRTA has always prioritized students and patients in the development of our exam. PDS has expanded our ability to be flexible in our exam, including the ability to expand our testing modules to allow for us to be the most comprehensive and impartial exam on the market today,” said Gerry Walker, DMD.

For more information, visit or contact Jessica Bui, executive director of SRTA, at [email protected].

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The Multimodal Examination is the Future of Licensure Examinations

The multimodal examination combines the Simodont Dental Trainer, the Manikin and Digital Dentistry.  The Simodont Dental Trainer simulates the patient with incredible dental fidelity and automatically grades the examination as you complete the procedure.  SRTA and Promethean Dental Systems will focus on our goal of evolving the licensure examination.




  • Less stressful process at PDS locations.
  • More convenient for candidates by providing locations and the ability to schedule the exam when they are ready to take it.
  • 75% passing rate target.
  • Objective grading and visual documentation ENSURES you pass or fail.
  • Simulated assessment provides evidence of hand skills ensuring the safety of the public.


  • SRTA and PDS are committed to continuous innovation and improvement.
  • All SRTA examiners are present or past state dental board members or educators.
  • Lowers the overhead cost to schools, so they no longer have to hold the exam if they don’t want to.
  • Helps lower the cost of dental education by holding the exams at other approved locations.
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  • Less stressful process at PDS locations.
  • More convenient for candidates by providing locations and the ability to schedule the exam when they are ready to take it.
  • 75% passing rate target.
  • Objective grading and visual documentation ENSURES you pass or fail.
  • Simulated assessment provides evidence of hand skills ensuring the safety of the public.

Choose the SRTA Exam

SRTA offers dental and hygiene schools information sessions, such as lunch and learns, free webinars, mock boards, patient pre-approvals in dental and pre-examination/overview presentations to best prepare you for success on your exam day. With SRTA, you will go into your exam with the tools and knowledge of the testing process you need to successfully obtain your dental or dental hygiene licensure.


SRTA is advancing dental education through innovation and modern testing practices. Our agency has a strong commitment to bringing safe, reliable licensure testing to dental and dental hygiene students.

SRTA and its leadership team assist our candidates in a multitude of ways, offering the highest level of exam preparation and support, including seminars, webinars and mock boards. We also offer a complimentary sectional retake of the dental or hygiene exam if a candidate is not initially successful on that section.

SRTA is committed to continuous improvement. We update our procedures regularly to ensure a thorough evaluation of our candidates’ hands-on clinical competencies and skills for today’s dental practice.

Our manikin exams allow for a better, more valid standard of testing and eliminate some of the many complications students face when preparing for their upcoming licensure exam. To continue to comply with state boards, schools and a candidate’s preferences, SRTA offers a complete manikin-based examination as well as our traditional live patient exam.

Contact Us

Southern Regional Testing Agency strives to provide all candidates with great service.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the office and a staff member will do their best to help you.

Southern Regional Testing Agency

4698 Honeygrove Road, Suite 2
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Phone: (757) 318-9082

Office Hours:

8:30AM – 5:00PM EST
Monday - Friday


Executive Director: Jessica Bui
Manager of Finance & Administration: Suzanne Porter
Office Administrator: Kim Bui


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