NBDHE FAQ (part 2)
NBDHE FAQ, dental hygiene exam prep

NBDHE FAQ (part 2)

Some frequently asked questions about the
National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE)

Q. How many questions are there in the NBDHE?

There are 350 multiple-choice examination questions in total, these can be divided into 2 groups:

  • 200 questions in Component A (Scientific Basis for Dental Hygiene Practice, Provision of Clinical Dental Hygiene Services and Community Health/Research Principles).
  • 150 questions in Component B (12 to 15 dental hygiene patient cases).

Q. What do the patient cases look like in the NBDHE?

  • There are 12-15 case studies.
  • Each case study will have 4 components: dental charts, patient profile, radiographs, photographs. You will have to go through the tabs to answer the questions.
  • StudentRDH mock exam replicates the format of the NBDHE with the 4 tabs.
  • Here is an example directly from StudentRDH mock exam:

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Q. What is the schedule on the day of the NBDHE?

  • The exam day will be scheduled as follows:
    • Optional tutorial – 15 minutes
    • Session one (Discipline-based items, 200 items) – 3.5 hours
    • Optional schedule break – 1 hour
    • Session two (Patient case items, 150 items) – 4 hours
    • Optional post-examination – 15 minutes
    • Total time – 9 hours
  • If you take a break at any other time, it will be considered an “unscheduled” break.

Q. How can I cancel or reschedule the NBDHE?

  • You may cancel or reschedule electronically at pearsonvue.com/nbdhe/ 24 hours prior the scheduled testing date.
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Q. Will I receive a score or is it pass/fail result for the NBDHE?

  • The results for the NBDHE will be reported as pass only for candidates who pass the test.
  • Candidates who fail the examination will receive numerical scores for each of the major disciplines covered on the test.

Q. If I fail the NBDHE, what can I do?

  • You can request an audit if you fail your exams. You have to request it within 30 days of the reporting of the official report results.
  • The audit will re-check the accuracy of the exam.
  • The fee is $65. You may request the audit via mail.
  • Audits require approximately 6-8 weeks.

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(Disclaimer: StudentRDH is NOT affiliated with the NBDHE, NDHCE, CSCE, CDCA, WREB.)

Written by
Claire Jeong, RDH, MS
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