According to the American Test Anxiety Association, about 20 percent of students suffer from high test anxiety, while another 18 percent are affected by moderate test anxiety. Going into your Dental Assisting National Board Exam can be daunting, especially if you don’t feel comfortable taking standardized tests. Read on for four tips to help you overcome the stress and ace your DANB exam the first time you take it.
Study Every Resource Available To You
The best way to feel well-prepared for your dental assisting test is to spend plenty of time studying and using every resource at your disposal, that includes instructors, notes, and textbooks. When you spend time rereading and digesting all of the necessary content that will be on the exam, you’ll feel more confident when you sit down to take it. Although it could be tempting to skip over chapters that you feel you have a good grasp on, it’s still worth the time to look over them. However, give yourself more time to study the topics that you don’t feel as confident in.
Take Time To Read The Questions Carefully
The DANB exam lasts for four hours, which can make it difficult to focus, especially if you’re nearing the end of that time. It’s important to always, even if you’re tired, take the time to read the questions carefully, because there’s nothing worse than missing an easy question that you could have gotten right if you just read it slower. If you have some questions that you’re stuck on, move onto the rest of the test and make sure that you answer all of the ones that you’re 100 percent sure about before tackling the harder ones.
Going With Your First Instinct Isn’t Always a Bad Choice
Even though it’s good to read the questions carefully, be sure that you don’t overthink your answers. Tests, especially ones that are timed, can make you feel worried or feel especially critical of your decisions. Keep in mind that there won’t be any trick questions on your exam, and since you took the time to study and feel confident about one choice, go with your gut.
Try Your Best To Not Feel Rushed
Timed tests create an environment where it’s easy to feel panicked and rushed. If you’re a slower test-taker and are worrying that you might run out of time, remember that people typically finish with additional time to spare, and you’ll be just fine. A great system to use is to skip over the questions you’re unsure about, write them down, and go back to them once you’ve completed the rest of the exam. Plus, refreshing your brain by coming back to the question may make it easier to choose an answer!
About A-Z School of Dental Assisting & Front Office
From the first day that our students start their program, our instructors begin teaching them relevant information that they’ll need to pass the DANB examination. We also offer special review courses to provide students with hands-on instruction and additional classroom lectures that review objectives required by a licensed coronal polishing dental assistant. Our program has small class sizes and multiple instructors, which allows each of our students to get personalized education that makes them feel more prepared to enter their field. For questions about our upcoming class that starts in May of 2020, visit our website or call 480-457-8330.