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ADEA PASS Program User Guide

This guide provides you with documentation, reference guides, and direct links that answer common admissions questions about the ADEA PASS Applicant Portal, Configuration Portal, and WebAdMIT. It also contains resources that may help you work more efficiently throughout your admissions process. If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact your Account Manager and Client Success Manager.

Cycle Timeframes

Applicant Portal

The Applicant Portal opens in mid-May and closes in early February. You can view the specific cycle dates, including final processing dates (e.g., last date to submit transcripts, last date to request letters of recommendation, etc.), in the ADEA PASS Application Cycle Dates page.

Configuration Portal

Between mid-March and late April, configurations are entered in the prelaunch environment. The Account Manager, Client Success Manager, and ADEA review submitted configurations in May.

WebAdMIT

You can view new applicants and initiate a transfer settings shortly after the new cycle opens in mid-May.

Program Participation Requirements

ADEA requires all programs to designate two contacts at your institution who will receive all communication from ADEA and ADEA PASS, including the application, configuration, and WebAdMIT launch notifications. These individuals match the two contacts listed in the ADEA PASS Search Engine (program pages).

Applicant Portal

The first three sections of the ADEA PASS application (i.e., Personal Information, Academic History, and Supporting Information) compose the core application. They contain questions that are commonly asked of applicants across all participating programs, such as an applicant's biographic information, standardized test scores, and experiences. The fourth section of the application is Program Materials, which is customized by you through the Configuration Portal (discussed in the next section).

You can access the ADEA PASS application and ADEA PASS Applicant Help Center to review the applicant experience. You can also create a test application in the Applicant Portal; we recommend creating a new account and adding "test" to your name (e.g., TestJohn TestDoe).

For a general overview of the applicant experience, review the following documents:

You can direct any applicant inquiries related to the application to ADEA PASS Customer Service.

Configuration Portal

Programs can take advantage of the Configuration Portal to add customizations to the ADEA PASS application. Watch the video below for more details.  

Use the Configuration Portal Quick Start Guide to make sure you configure your program(s) efficiently and completely in the prelaunch environment. Be sure to check out your CAS's configuration options and review the best practices found throughout. You can also access the ADEA PASS Configuration Portal reference page for more guidance. If any optional sections of the application are required for your program (e.g., experiences, test scores, etc.), you'll want to note this on your program home page.

Once you've configured your program, you'll need to have it approved by the Account Manager, Client Success Manager, and ADEA before it is available to applicants. If your program is reviewed after the cycle launches, ADEA will approve it.

We encourage you to use the Configuration Portal, but this is not mandatory. If you choose to not use the Configuration Portal, your program will appear with the standard ADEA PASS branding and homepage text.

WebAdMIT

Review the WebAdMIT Manual for any questions related to working in WebAdMIT. The Documentation and Reference Guides and WebAdMIT Training and Support sections are additional resources as you configure WebAdMIT for your needs. Documents commonly requested include:

The Release Notes feature new enhancements in the Applicant Portal and WebAdMIT, in addition to upcoming training opportunities.

For any questions, contact the Client Support Specialist Team.

Cycle Enhancements

2021-2022

The table below contains enhancements for ADEA PASS for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal

Academic History – Colleges Attended

The Colleges Attended section was renamed Colleges & Dental Schools Attended.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Academic History – Dental Degree Information

The Dental Degree Information section is now the first section under Academic History.

Additionally, applicants will now select their dental school from a drop-down, rather than entering the school name in a text field.

Finally, applicants must complete an acknowledgment statement, confirming that they must submit dental school transcripts to ADEA PASS.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Contact Information

Mailing addresses are now validated.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Other Information

The COVID-19 Impact question description was updated.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – Institution Evaluation Request

The University of Saskatchewan College of Dentistry was added to the Dental School drop-down.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Letters by Liaison

IEF Form

The First Name and Last Name fields are now standardized for evaluators: the First Name field is Dean's Office and the Last Name field is Representative.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Program Pages/ Search Engine

Excel Document

Match Status is available in the Program Pages Excel document.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Program Pages/ Search Engine

Program Director Contact

The Phone (Mobile) field was removed from the Program Director Contact information.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Program Pages/ Search Engine

Program Information

The date field format for What date will your program start on? was changed from MM/DD/YYYY to MM/DD.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Program Pages/ Search Engine

Program Requirements

The Must be a graduate of a U.S. or Canadian dental school question was changed to Must be a graduate of a U.S. dental school.

A new Must be a graduate of a Canadian dental school question was added.

Additionally, a Must submit official INBDE results to ADEA PASS question was added.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

2020-2021

The table below contains enhancements for ADEA PASS for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal

Academic History – ADA Standardized Tests

A new section, ADA Standardized Tests, has been added to the Academic History section. Applicants can indicate if they have taken or plan to take the following tests:

  • ADAT
  • NBDE Part I
  • NBDE Part II
  • INDBE

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Academic History – Dental Degree Information

A new section, Dental Degree Information, has been added to the Academic History section. Applicants can report where they earned their dental degree, if they completed a rotation, and any applicable GPAs.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Academic History – Standardized Tests

Applicants can report official INDBE test scores.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Expected to be available in summer 2020 (may be subject to change)

Applicant Portal

Add Program Page

Applicants can skip the Add Program page after creating their account.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Reapplicant Page

The Reapplicant instructions have been updated to better assist applicants.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Submit Application Page

The Submit Application page lists the term on each program’s tile. Previously, applicants needed to click the additional information icon to view the program’s term.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – Documents

The Documents section has been updated to include the following document types:

  • CV/Resume
  • Revised CV/Resume
  • Unofficial Undergraduate Transcript

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Supporting Information – Institution Evaluation Request

When applicants request an IEF, they no longer enter the evaluator's contact information. Instead, when they select the dental school for their IEF request, the evaluator's information auto-populates based on a standard contact list that contains the program's generic evaluator contact information. The following fields have also been replaced:

  • First Name of Evaluator to Dental School Name
  • Last Name of Evaluator to Representative
  • Email Address of Evaluator to Generic email address provided by the school

Additionally, applicants can enter a Due Date when they would like the evaluation completed by.

Action required by all participating programs.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Documents

The following document types are available to programs to select from:

  • Unofficial CBSE Score Report
  • New Unofficial CBSE Score Report
  • Unofficial GRE Score Report
  • New Unofficial GRE Score Report
  • Other 1
  • Other 2
  • Other 3
  • Other 4
  • Other 5
  • Personal Statement

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

Configuration Portal

Organization Details

You can offer applicants a deep link to the application's Add Program page with your programs pre-filtered. This allows applicants to quickly access your programs without needing to set their own filters. If an applicant has not yet created an account, the deep link will first instruct them to create an account, and then will take them to the pre-filtered Add Program page.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Program Details

The ADA ADAT Scores Required field has the following standardized answer options in the Configuration Portal, which affect the filter options available in the Add Program page and Program Materials section of the Applicant Portal:

  • Required
  • Not Required
  • Accepted but Not Required

Review Edit Program Data to update this field.

Additionally, the Open Date, Default Deadline, and Start Year fields for all programs have automatically been updated with the new cycle dates.

Action required by all participating programs.

Available now

Letters by Liaison

Institution Evaluation Request

The Remarks field character count has been increased from 3,600 to 4,000, and the Academic Merits field character count has been increased from 500 to 750.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Decision Codes

Three new Decision Codes have been added:

  • Matched
  • Matched Request Background Check (when selected for an applicant, a Certiphi background check request will be triggered)
  • Did Not Match

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

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