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Failed wreb

I failed wreb. I graduated yesterday and also found out yesterday. Needless to say yesterday was one of the worst days ever. The feeling is gut wrenching, especially since I failed by 2 points. I don’t understand what went wrong, I considered myself pretty good… I even made a 93 on mock wreb at school. I’m trying my hardest to feel better but I honestly just want to quit. Does anyone have any advice? I will have to retake it in August. By the way i think time was a major factor



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The fact that you only failed by two points says to me that you most certainly should not quit! Its easy to be discouraged now but think about how much you will regret it if you quit when all you have to do is take the test one more time and you will be an RDH! There was 3 hygienists in my class that had to be held back a semester because they didn’t meet patient requirements in clinic. They all wanted to give up but instead they worked harder, they all graduated, are practicing hygiene today and are so glad they didn’t quit. Failing one test does not mean you can’t become an awesome hygienist. It just means you need to prove you have what it takes to stick it out when things get tough. This a learning experience that in the end will make you stronger and build character. Every day you go to work you will know you worked your hardest to get where you are and you didn’t throw in the towel when you faced adversity. You can do it!!!

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Do NOT give up. The previous comments are terrific. You will face difficulties throughout your career and thus us just a test to prepare you for that. This will make you a better hygienist in the end.

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My first patient didn’t qualify, and I ended up failing the WREB by 3 points as well. When I retook it, I got a 100%. Did I magically improve over the summer? Nope. It was luck of the draw! I missed points because I had to submit 2 patients, it ate away at all but 45 minutes of my time, and the straw that broke the camels back was that I missed some stain when I polished. Hang in there. The bright side is I temped as an assistant over the summer, and the dentist hired me as his hygienist as soon as my license came in the mail!

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I feel for you- I failed by .25!!! That was the most stressful day of my life. I retook the exam and received 100% 2 months later. Now I can look back and I know that there was a reason I failed that test- I was not meant to get my license at that time. I won’t go into detail (I doubt you want a novel) but there is no way I would be where I am today if I had received my license and started working right away. Trust your skills and trust that everything happens for a reason! You will rock the next test!

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Hoosier Hygienist took the words right out of my mouth! You have worked so hard to get to where you are now, don’t give up! Everything you go through can be seen as a learning experience to only make you a better clinician. Can you take an extra term of clinic at your school to work on instrumentation technique? My clinical boards were two months after I graduated, so I stayed and took an extra term of clinic with the class below me to keep my skills up for those two months. Just a thought!

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Don’t give up!! See if you can find out where you missed and practice in those areas. I know I always had a hard time with the distal of #15, I spent time just getting comfortable with getting my instrument back there and getting it adapted well.
Don’t beat yourself up over this, just be determined to do better next time!! 🙂

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Yes again never give up!!!!! The boards are soooo tough and I know a few people who took them three times before passing! If you only failed by two points you will probably pass with flying colors next time! Also, congrats on graduating. Rememeber not to let the dissipoint ment taint that!

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RETAKE and ACE it baby! Two points??? You GOT THIS!!!!! The BEST PART…you KNOW what to expect this time 🙂 Hugs to you!

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Never give up! Our profession is the only profession that has to take a test on a patient the get our license. All others get graded on their patients during school. Patient selection is key. Make sure you pick a patient that is easy everywhere except the calculus. You may have lost points on extra-oral exam with moles or scars etc. My friend passed by two points due to scars on the head and neck due to brain tumor surgery.

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In my class FIVE girls failed the NERB (New England’s version of clinical boards) – We no longer even know a numerical score! These girls feel EXACTLY the same as you. Truth of the matter is, client selection criteria is just so crazy as it is and I am sure it had NOTHING to do with a lack of clinical ability. Other people just let the pressure eat at them and do silly things like copy their tx surfaces WRONG on the examiner’s paperwork so they check the wrong area. Whatever it was, I guarantee it is not a reflection of your ability as a hygienist. You are not alone and once you re-take it you will pass with flying colors, I swear it! If you survive Hygiene school you will survive WREB. Our client selection is recommended that you have SOLID 4mm pockets, not just “almost” 4’s. Also, NO 6’s or anything! That’s nuts! Make sure you feel the calculus within 2-3 strokes of your explorer. After 2-3 you are not sure, then count it as NOT there. Hope this helps! <3 <3 Rock it!

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Hi!! I am not yet licensed myself, but the first time I took the NERB I failed by 3.5 points! I retook it in May at the same facility and passed! We don’t get numerical scores, but I was so happy and thankful and glad I took the time to practice, pay and retake the examine! I am taking my Law exam in July and feel elated! Don’t give up! Matter of fact me and two other classmates failed the first time and all three of us are now moving on to our law exams! Keep the faith and keep going we will be exceptional hygienists!! 🙂

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Thank you for everyones kind words. The good thing is I will get to practice at a clinic here in town and do scrp’s. I guess it just sucks that I was the ONLY one in my class that failed. I have talked to several instructors and they all told me they know my skills are good I was just very nervous that day. To top it off the DDS took 17 minutes to administer the anesthesia, my patient went to the bathroom (yes I told her to go before) and then when I started using the ultrasonic and her giant calculus ledges started coming off she started DRY HEAVING and almost threw up because she said it tasted and smelled bad. That really put me on edge. Then the anesthesia did not reach the midline, I was doing LRQ and so she was sensitive but I knew I didn’t have time for the doc to come back and give more.

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I failed my NERB test first and then a few months later take WREB. I had already had to repeat a year of hygiene school too because of patients not showing for test. I know what it is like to feel like can I really go and try again, but you can. My friend took it numerous times before finally passing. Patient selection and luck. Testing is kind of out of your control. I have been practicing for almost a year now. I am so happy I kept pushing forward.

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Keep on going. Successul people never give up:) Remember more times than not, the obstacle is the path. Nothing worth having is ever easy. If it was everybody would be a hygienist.

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I can feel your pain. I took the WREB 3 times, twice with patients not qualifying and once with a patient who was way too hard for the amount of time (I was a little worries about them not qualifying). I finally took the CRDTS and it went perfectly. After my third attempt of the WREB, I thought maybe I am not supposed to be a hygienist. But thanks to the support of my friends and family I decided to try it again. And thankfully had a way better experience. Keep your chin up and keep trying! You made it through hygiene school you got this!!!

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Wow, this sounds exactly like my current situation. I found out May 9th that I failed WREB and was supposed to walk the stage on the 10th. Well, I was of course devastated and couldn’t bare the thought of facing all of my classmates and instructors at graduation, so I did not go. Pretty hard to be proud of your accomplishments when you are basically being told that after years of school, you still aren’t good enough. I too made an A on my mock WREB at school, and was also the only person in my class to fail the real WREB exam. Before this my instructors would brag that our school had a 100% pass rate for the last 10 years! 🙁
Basically what happened with mine was that my first submission (LR quadrant +2 teeth) and my second submission (LR quadrant +4 teeth) were both rejected, which I totally wasn’t prepared for (no backup patient)so I had to just pick 4 different teeth because I knew the LR quad was the heaviest. They accepted my 3rd submission, but I lost 45 minutes. According to my score sheet I would have made a 75, but I lost 8 points because of the first 2 submission rejections…It is so frustrating. I retake WREB in August as well, and honestly I have never had so much anxiety about something. Now that hygiene school is over, I have nothing else to occupy my mind, and I feel like any clinical skills I had before are now rusty at best. Anyways, I don’t know how my comment will help you or if you’ll even this since you posted in May, but I wanted you to know that you’re not alone in the world! I know exactly how you feel. Best of luck!

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