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As outlined by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE), the NBDHE assesses the ability to understand important information from basic biomedical, dental and dental hygiene sciences, and the ability to apply such information in a problem-solving context.
As outlined in the JCNDE Technical Report for the NBDHE, the following areas are tested:
I. Scientific Basis for Dental Hygiene Practice
II. Provision of Clinical DH Services
III. Community Health/Research Principles
According to the NBDHE guide published by the ADA, examinees should be prepared to encounter several formats on the hygienist exam:
The NBDHE board exam is administered in one day and is comprised of 350 total questions. The exam consists of two components: 200 discipline-based items and 150 case-based items.
Case-based items (both on the real exam and in BoardVitals content) can consist of the following:
Note that not all cases include all of the elements mentioned. For more information about the exam please Contact BoardVitals.
Approximately 8,000 students take the NBDHE every year, with approximately 75% of students taking the exam from March-June each year. The 2016 NBDHE pass rate was approximately 92%, so most people do pass. However, there is a correlation with the number of practice questions taken in the field of dentistry and pass rate on the exam.
BoardVitals shows the percent correct for each question so that those preparing for the exam can make sure that they are not falling in the bottom 10% of the test taking population. Institutions regularly use BoardVitals to identify the students that are underperforming compared to the national average, and students have access to dashboards which show the categories they need to prepare for.