What to expect on DANB exam day

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Are you planning to take (and hopefully pass!) a DANB exam? Have you ever wondered what it’s like to take a DANB exam? Well, wonder no more! If you have questions about test day, we have answers.

As you may know, you can apply for all national DANB exams online. After your application is processed and approved, you will receive an email notifying you that you can log in to your DANB account to schedule your exam. DANB exams can be taken in person on a computer at Pearson VUE testing centers, which are located across the country. 

(Note: You can also take a DANB exam via online proctoring.)

Here, we provide a step-by-step outline of what will occur at the testing center so that you’ll be prepared — and can focus on acing the DANB exam!

Getting to the test center

Before DANB exam day, it’s a good idea to look up the route to the testing center and maybe even practice driving there so you will know exactly how to get there and where you can park.

On DANB exam day, leave enough time for your drive and possible traffic. Doing this will help you feel less stressed and help ensure you’ll be on time. Arrive at least 30 minutes early to the Pearson VUE testing center. This way, you’ll have enough time to complete the check-in process.

Checking in

When you arrive at the testing center, you’ll need to sign in and show your government-issued ID. Be aware that test centers may take your photo and a palm scan to verify your identity. These steps are done to ensure the exam is secure.

Next, you’ll be provided with a locker, where you can store and lock any personal items that aren’t allowed in the testing room. These items may include food, beverages, wallets, bags, cellphones and other electronics, and reading or study materials.

After you’ve stored your personal items, you’ll wait to enter the exam room. While you wait, please note that you won’t be permitted to do any last-minute studying. No family members, friends, or other visitors will be allowed in the test center area or building during this time.

Taking the DANB exam

An exam proctor will show you to the exam room. They will provide you with a note board and marker for note-taking. They will also review the exam room rules with you and walk you to a computer station. There, you will receive a short tutorial on how to navigate the exam. The tutorial is not part of the test and will not count toward your exam time. After you complete the tutorial, you’ll take the DANB exam. The amount of time you have to complete the exam depends on the exam you are taking. See the DANB exam application packet for details.

Taking an exam break

While taking the DANB exam, there are no breaks. However, you may be excused to visit the restroom one at a time. You are not allowed to leave the building during the test. If you need to take a bathroom break, raise your hand and the proctor will walk you out of the exam room. However, the clock will not stop during your break, so you should be mindful of the time.

After your break, the proctor will once again verify your identity and confirm that you’re not bringing any prohibited items into the room.

Completing the exam

When you complete the exam, raise your hand to indicate to the exam proctor that you’ve finished. Once you leave the exam room, you’ll receive confirmation paperwork from Pearson VUE. You will receive an email within one to three business days with your exam results, which you can view in your online DANB account. DANB will mail the exam results and any earned certificates within two to three weeks after the exam.

Preparing for DANB Exams

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 exam, we do have several tips for finding the right plan for you.

The Pearson VUE website also has some helpful information and videos about what to expect on exam day.

Looking for study materials? Explore the DALE Foundation’s online review courses and practice tests.