How Do I Study for a DANB Exam?
One of the most frequently asked questions DANB receives is, "How do I study for a DANB exam?" While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to studying for a DANB Certification or component exam, we do have several tips for finding the right plan for you.
Everyone who takes a DANB exam has a different level of training, education and experience in dental assisting. Therefore, your method of preparing for an exam should be unique to your individual needs. With this in mind, DANB has developed the following recommendations for developing a study plan.
Step One: Review the Exam Blueprint
DANB recommends that you begin preparing for an exam with an exam blueprint. DANB’s exam blueprints outline every topic that you may find on a particular exam. Review each topic and identify the areas in which you need further study. You may determine that you need to study each topic in the exam blueprint, or just concentrate on weaker areas.
Find Out More About DANB’s Exam Blueprints
Step Two: Choose Your Study Materials*
After you have reviewed the exam blueprint and determined the topics you’d like to concentrate on, you will need to obtain study materials. Some of your options include:
The DALE Foundation's online courses. The DALE Foundation, the official DANB affiliate, offers optional interactive, self-paced online courses and study aids that can help you prepare for DANB exams, refresh your knowledge and earn CDE credits.
Textbooks and other reference materials. If you attended a dental assisting education program, your textbooks and course materials can serve as helpful study materials. DANB has also compiled a list of suggested textbooks and reference materials for you.*
*Note: There are many ways to prepare for DANB exams. Candidates should use a variety of resources and take into account their own unique education and experience. To see a list of reference materials and review the DANB exam blueprints, visit the links above. The DALE Foundation’s study aids are an optional resource for candidates looking to prepare for DANB exams. Using the DALE Foundation’s study aids does not guarantee candidates will pass the DANB exam.