National Board Dental Hygiene Exam (NBDHE)
What you have to know about the exam
The National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE) is offered under the auspices of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations, an independent agency of the American Dental Association. The NBDHE assists state boards in evaluating qualifications of dental hygienists for licensure. NBDHE certification is accepted in all states as fulfilling all or part of the written examination requirements for licensure.
Q: How many questions are there in the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE)?
There are 350 multiple-choice examination questions in total; these can be divided into 2 groups;
Q: What types of questions will I see in the NBDHE?
There are three main types of questions in the exam. Each question has 3-5 possible choices, among which only one is considered correct or the best.
Below are the types of questions you will find:
A. Linea alba
C. Fordyce granule
A. Type I
B. Type II
C. Type III
D. Type IV
A. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
C. Cystic fibrosis
Answers: 1) C; 2) D; 3) B; 4) A
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Q: What is a testlet?
A Testlet consists of a case study or problem with a set of associated test items. The testlets are used for items related to the Community Health/Research Principles section. Here is an example of a testlet:
Community Profile: The primary employers in this county have been coal mining companies. The unemployment rate in the county has increased by 32 percent since the closing of the coal mine companies.|
The median age of the population is forty-six. In the county, there are five general dentists, three dental hygienists, and one public health-centered dental clinic. The clinic employs a full-time dentist and a dental hygienist. The public health clinic sees low-income children and senior citizens on a sliding fee schedule. The community does not have water fluoridation because of multiple water sources. The state funds a 0.2%-sodium fluoride rinse program in grades K-5. The state mandates that a dentist or a dental hygienist perform deft/dmft/DMFT and GI indices on all students in grades 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10. On a yearly basis, all pathology is brought to the patient’s attention and referred to a dental professional.
1. Which population group is dentally underserved in this community?
2. Which next step should the dental hygienist take in program planning after selecting the target population?
3. Each of the following is perceived as a barrier to dental care for this community EXCEPT one. Which one is the EXCEPTION?
4. How often should the fluoride rinse for grades K-5 be performed?
Answers: 1) A; 2) C; 3) B; 4) B
Q: What is a case study?
Q: What is the passing grade?
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Q: What is the schedule on the day of the exam?
Q: How can I cancel or reschedule the exam?
Q: What do I need to prepare the day of the exam?
Q: How do I make notes?
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Q: When are the results reported?
Q: Will I receive a score or is it pass/fail result?
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If I fail the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE), can I get an audit?
Q: Can I retake the exam?
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