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Any pointers on getting ready for the NBDHE? Is it extremely difficult?



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The NBDHE is not easy, but doable if you prepare! There are many resources out there such as dental decks, Mosby’s review, and board review classes. I highly recommend taking a board review class. What I did during the exam was read the question and before even looking at the answers think of the answer, then see if there was an answer close to what I was thinking. If you over think, it confuses you and takes way too much time! This method worked very well for me; I finished the test in 3 hours and passed with flying colors. I also took a board review class. Remember they aren’t only testing your knowledge skills, but also your ability to think critically. Get a good nights sleep the night before and stay calm!

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I reviewed with friends at school, we made up questions and quizzed each other on lunch breaks. I also used Mosby’s review text, by the time the national boards came, the poor book was hardly staying together.
While taking the test, move past those that you aren’t sure about, you can always go back. Kara is so right about the critical thinking part, all of the students in my class passed with great scores while some of the students from a neighboring school didn’t. We found that the other school did a lot of teaching to the boards, they didn’t ask their students to do a lot of critical thinking. Find some case studies and go through those, they can be really helpful in looking at things in a well rounded manner.
Deep breath and good luck!!

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I took this monster a month ago. It was such an endurance test by the time it was over it was all such a blur. Make sure you eat well and get plenty of rest the night before. What helped me the most was the AHDA board review. I also liked the NDHB board prep books. The DH review books were way too much for me to handle at times so I with with just the test prep books. Go over your community health stuff and the ins and out of radio graphs. I remember their being a lot of fluoride questions on their like how much to give to children and babies. If you are prepared its not that difficult but its more about getting through the test. I wish the best but I know you will pass it.

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Your training and knowledge from school should be enough. My best friend studied the whole year for it. I studied a couple of hours the night before. She received one point higher than me. And I’m not any smarter than she is. You should already have all the knowledge you need. Don’t waste hours studying for it. Also, remember that it’s curved. So if you find certain questions hard, or the given X-rays hard to see, everyone else does too! Good luck!

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get a good breakfast in you, and the night before try to get your 8 hours of sleep!

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Study but don’t worry. It will be very wonderful once it’s over…you may feel uneasy afterwards but have no fears, that probably means you passed. And I agree…get a good nights sleep the night before but DONT STUDY the night before.

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I took it this year and he are some great tips/facts for you!:

1)EVERYONE feels like they fail once they leave.. EVERYONE. If you feel this way, it’s completely normal! You just took a 4+ hour exam.. there is no possible way to know how you did, especially with the way it’s graded. DON’T WORRY UNTIL YOU GET YOUR SCORES.
2)There is only a 4% fail rate on this exam due to the way it is graded; Also, EVERYONE that takes the end survey states that the radiographs are impossible to diagnose anything with. They really are, I hated them. So this is NORMAL! Don’t let that freak you out at all!!
3)Take your break between sections. It doesn’t have to be the full hour, but just enough to get a drink and small snack and refresh your mind (I did 10 minutes)
4)Don’t talk to anyone about the exam after. They’re just going to freak you out or annoy you. Don’t. Do. It
5)To Study: I used Mosby’s – It comes with online disks that are actual timed versions of exams (same question amounts/categories and ALL)! This is the most realistic feel to studying. I found Mosby’s to be very thorough and the questions were in turn WAY harder than the actual boards. If you can take the full practice test for Mosby’s and get a 60% you are on FIRE!!!
7) Do a review: I did ADHAs online review. It wasn’t so much that the information was helpful, although it was. It was better to get an overview of everything, listen to student’s from other schools voice their questions, and just learn things in a way that’s different from your school.
8)Unless you know absolutely nothing, or are a ridiculously bad test taker. YOU WILL PASS.
9) Know radiology and community FOR SURE! Also, pharmacology will be very very useful in the case-study sections.

Good Luck!

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Great advice from everyone. Rather than rehashing what everyone has pointed out, here’s a great website I found that provides a large number of Dental Board Hygiene Practice Tests that simulate the same look and feel of the actual NBDHE Exam with NBDHE Style Questions. They also provide case-based questions with very informative explanations. The prep is through “Crack the NBDHE” and the link is https://NBDHE.com

Good luck to all on becoming a RDH.

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