Dental School
Information & FAQ
Dental School
& Pre-Dent Books
Dental School
List & Contact Info
Dental
Forums
About Us




NBDE Part I Information
 

Application Advice
Dental Application Info & FAQ
DAT Information & FAQ
Secondary Application Info
Dentistry as a Career
Life in Dental School
Dental School Interview
Dental School Statistics
Paying For Dental School
Dental Licensing Exam Information
NBDE Part I Information
NBDE Part II Information


What is the NBDE part I?

The NBDE part I is the National Board Dental Exam. The NBDE is part of the dental licensure requirement, along with the NBDE part II, and your state or regional licensing exam. The first part of the NBDE exam is usually taken after the second year of dental school, although it is taken after the first year at a few schools. The exam is taken on the computer and consists of 400 questions.


How long is the NBDE exam?

Dental students are given 7 hours and a 1 hour lunch break for the exam.


What is tested on part I of the NBDE?

The exam consists of 400 questions - 100 questions for each of the following broad categories: Anatomic sciences, Biochemistry & Physiology, Microbiology & Pathology, and Dental Anatomy & Occlusion. All questions are in the multiple choice format and some are grouped together in clinical testlets. To get more details on the subcategories tested, view the NBDE candidate guide from the ADA.


What are testlets?

A recent change to the first part of the NBDE is the addition of clinical testlets. In the exam, about 20% of the questions you will see will be in the testlet format. In this format, 6 to 10 questions are grouped into a clinical case. A patient chart with information on the patients complaint and basic medical history is provided on the computer before each testlet and the following 6 to 10 questions all relate to that specific patient.


How is the NBDE exam scored?

The score on the NBDE is not a percentage of the correct answers, but instead is a scaled score based on the number of questions you answered correctly compared to score scale.


What is the minimum score to pass the first part of the NBDE?

The minimum passing score for the NBDE part I is a 75.


What is the average score for the NBDE part I?

The average varies by year, but by using a scale for the exam, the ADA aims to keep the average around an 80 to 85.



How do I prepare for the NBDE part I?

The exam is a broad exam covering much of the material you learn in the first two years of dental school. You should begin preparing for the exam a few months before the exam. Hopefully, your school provides you with at least a few weeks off before your exam which you can (and should) use to dedicate 100% of your time to preparing for the NBDE. I suggest getting some study guides to help prepare rather than trying to sort through all of your old notes and text books. I recommend getting the Dental Decks and also a copy of either First Aid for the NBDE part I or Mosby's Review for the NBDE part I. If you are shooting for a higher score in hopes of specializing, you may also want to consider the kaplan book and Q bank for further preparation. Crack the NBDE is also a good tool - it is a set of computer based practice tests that help simulate the real exam.

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions (Kaptest.com)

Kaplan NBDE Courses


Application Advice
Dental Application Info & FAQ
DAT Information & FAQ
Secondary Application Info
Dentistry as a Career
Life in Dental School
Dental School Interview
Dental School Statistics
Paying For Dental School
Dental Licensing Exam Information
NBDE Part I Information
NBDE Part II Information

 

drugstore.com, inc.



Home     Pre-Dent Books    Dental School Text Books    Dental School List & Links     About DentalStudentBooks.com    Forums
Dental Application Advice    Dental Application FAQ    DAT FAQ    Dental School Interview    Dental School Life    Dental School Statistics