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Requirements to Apply to the IAPP of SIU SDM Program

Before contacting the IAPP with questions, please make sure that you have reviewed the information on our website, including the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

Requirements for English Language Proficiency

Applicants must prove proficiency in the English language.

  • All applicants must have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) within the previous 2 years to be considered for admission. Applicants who are U.S. citizens and/or were raised in English speaking countries will not be exempted from taking the TOEFL examination.  There will be no exceptions to this.
  • The Program Accepts Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) scores only.
  • ONLY candidates invited for an interview will need to submit Official TOEFL scores from ETS to the program. Paper copies of scores will not be accepted. Only official TOEFL scores electronically submitted from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to IAPP of SIU-SDM will be accepted.
  • An IBT total score below 94 will not be accepted. It is recommended that the applicant have the following sub scores:
  • Reading – Recommended minimum score of 22
  • Listening – Recommended minimum score of 22
  • Speaking – Recommended minimum score of 26
  • Writing – Recommended minimum score of 24

Preference is given to candidates with an IBT total score minimum of 100, and with listening section scores above 25 and speaking section scores above 28.

National Board Dental Examination Requirements

  • Program requires passage of Part I National Board Dental Examinations (NBDE) to be considered for admission.
  • Passage of Part II NBDE will be strongly considered.
  • ONLY candidates invited for an interview will need to submit Official NBDE scores directly to IAPP of SIU-SDM (not to ADEA CAAPID).

Letters of Evaluation

Three letters of evaluation are required:

  • The letters should be from instructors or individuals who are able to evaluate the applicant’s dental knowledge, skill, character, and potential for success in the IAPP.
  • At least one letter should be written by a dental professional who has worked with the candidate within the 12 months preceding application submission.
  • Letters must be written within the 12 months preceding application submission.
  • Letters of Evaluation must be written in English, or translated by a certified U.S. translator at the applicant’s expense.
  • Letters of evaluation should be written on professional letterhead from the author and include original signature whenever possible. If the letter is electronically submitted directly from the author to CAAPID with an electronic signature, it will be acceptable if it is not on letterhead.
  • A minimum of 3 letters are required, but no more than 4 letters will be accepted.
  • We do not accept letters of evaluation that are mailed or emailed directly to the IAPP of SIU SDM. Only letters uploaded in CAAPID will be accepted.

Transcripts and Evaluations

  • Applicant must submit to ADEA CAAPID a detailed “Course-by-Course Evaluation”, by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE), of transcripts from dental school and any other colleges attended outside the U.S.
  • If you are admitted, the IAPP of SIU-SDM will require official transcripts from original dental school to be sent directly to program.

Application Fees

  • A non-refundable application fee of $20 is required, and can ONLY be paid with a cashier’s check or money order in U.S. funds made payable to SIUE (Southern Illinois University Edwardsville).
  • A non-refundable fee of $450 will be required for a mandatory technical bench examination for applicants invited to interview at the IAPP of SIU-SDM. This fee will not be applied to any future expenses of the program.

What Should Be Included in the CAAPID Application?

  • Official academic course-by-course evaluation by ECE of transcripts from dental school and any other colleges attended outside the U.S.
  • Three letters of evaluation
  • Self-reported TOEFL scores
  • Self-reported NBDE scores
  • Personal Statement

What Should Be Sent to IAPP of SIU SDM?

The Following Supporting Documents Should Be Sent Directly to IAPP of SIU SDM (not to ADEA CAAPID) initially:

  • A Supplemental IAPP Application is required in addition to the ADEA CAAPID application. An application will not be considered by the admissions team until this supplemental application has been received.
  • A passport size photograph (51 mm x 51 mm) should be attached to the IAPP supplemental application where indicated. Please sign, date, and write your CAAPID number on the back of the photograph. Should your photo get separated from your application, this will ensure that we know with which application it belongs.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $20 that can ONLY be paid with a cashier’s check or money order in U.S. funds made payable to SIUE

All documents sent directly to the IAPP of SIU SDM must contain the applicant’s CAAPID number for cross referencing.

Applicants will be notified through email regarding their application status.

Only applications that are complete (with ALL of the IAPP of SIU SDM requirements listed above) and fulfilled by the application deadline of June 28 will be considered by the Admissions Committee.

Only when an applicant has been invited for interviews and bench testing will the following be required:

  • Official National Board Dental Examination Score Reports
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Score Reports – only upon request
    • The SIU SDM IAPP TOEFL code number is B094.
  • Originals of any letters of evaluation that were scanned and uploaded in the CAAPID system (this does not apply to official electronic letters of evaluation).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended in the U.S. and Canada.

All application materials should be addressed to:

International Advanced Placement Program
SIU School of Dental Medicine
2800 College Ave., Bldg. 273
Alton, IL 62002


The right to modify or change admissions standards and/or requirements at any time is reserved by SIU SDM. These modifications and changes may be made without prior notice and are effective immediately. Information provided on this website or verbally cannot be regarded as a binding contract between the applicant/student and SIU SDM.

Policy on Diversity

SIU School of Dental Medicine is dedicated to serve a diverse community that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of each individual. Our goal is to foster tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members, while encouraging each individual to reach his or her potential.

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