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Preparing for the NBDE can be stress inducing. With adequate preparation and frequent study sessions, you will be fully prepared when exam day rolls around.
Today, we bring you weeks 7-12 of our NBDE Study Plan.
Week 7: Review the remaining sections of the Anatomic Sciences. If you are using Mosby’s NBDE Part One, review the Anatomic Sciences, 2.0 Histology, 3.0 Oral Histology, until the end of 4.0 Developmental Biology. Review practice questions (and the answers) specific to the Anatomic Sciences section. We recommend completing 50-100 practice questions to test your knowledge.
Week 8: Review the remaining sections of Biochemistry and Physiology, and Microbiology and Pathology. If you are using Mosby’s NBDE Part One, review from Biochemistry and Physiology 9.0 Respiration, 10.0 Renal System, 11.0 Oral Physiology, 12.0 Digestion, until the end of 13.0 Endocrine System. Also, review from Host Defense, Microbiology, and Pathology 4.0 Systemic Pathology until the end of 5.0 Growth Disturbances. Review practice questions (and the answers) specific to the Biochemistry and Physiology, and Microbiology and Pathology sections. we recommend completing 50-100 questions to test your knowledge.
Month 3: Complete your reviews and fine-tune your knowledge
Week 9: Review the remaining sections of Dental Anatomy and Occlusion, as well as Professional Ethics and Patient Management. If you are using Mosby’s NBDE Part One, review 8.0 Occlusal Contact Relations and Mandibular Movements, 9.0 Anatomy, Physiology, and Function of the Temporomandibular Joint, 10.0 Masticatory Muscles, until the end of 11.0 Masticatory System and Role of Occlusion. Review practice questions (and the answers) specific to the Dental Anatomy and Occlusion section. I recommend completing 50-100 questions to test your knowledge. Remember that one question from each discipline will incorporate Professional Ethics and Patient Management, so don’t forget to briefly review this!
Week 10: Take your third full practice exam (400 questions, in one day). Really try to simulate the testing conditions. Find a quiet area where you can take it undisturbed, use earplugs if needed, and utilize one full day (with a 30 min-1 hour break in between 200 question sections). Afterwards, review your answers and read the explanations. The more you understand why your answer was right or wrong, the more you solidify your knowledge and start to see patterns in the questions and formatting. In addition, continue to take notes and write down questions that reappear or weaknesses you have to remind yourself to review them later.
Week 11: Take your fourth (and last) full practice exam (400 questions). Again, take this exam under the best exam-like conditions. At this point you have reviewed all of the core topics, and also have a better understanding of the testing format and question structure. Review the answer choices. Create a cheat sheet that summarizes important points to review immediately before the exam.
Week 12: Final Countdown. Congrats for making it thus far! At this point in time, you should have compiled a list of notes/questions that continue to reappear or that have highlighted your weaknesses, as well as have a cheat sheet with a summary of important points. Now is the time to solidify your knowledge base and review those. Try not to stress too much immediately before the exam, knowing that you have spent the past three months studying and you are well prepared. Get a good night’s rest the one to two days leading up to the exam (since you may not sleep well the night before). Good luck!
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