NBDHE Good News! Say goodbye to…..
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NBDHE Good News! Say goodbye to…..

Are you a dental hygiene student or educator? A StudentRDH user asked me a question yesterday regarding the format of the NBDHE (National Boards Dental Hygiene Exam) and it reminded me that I should share this good news with you.

The National Dental Hygiene Board Exams (NBDHE) no longer has those “statement – reasoning, or cause – effect” questions.

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There is a trick, though… Please read until the end.

Do you remember seeing some questions like this?

Q: Spore testing is used because of its ability to verify the proper functioning of sterilizers.

  1. Both the statement and reason are correct and related.
  2. Both the statement and reason are correct but NOT related.
  3. The statement is correct, but the reason is NOT.
  4. The statement is NOT correct, but the reason is correct.
  5. Neither the statement NOR the reason is correct.

This type of question is GONE (hopefully forever). As the founder of StudentRDH dental hygiene boards prep, I am very excited. The “cause-effect” questions felt like riddles and were not serving the purpose of evaluating the student’s knowledge.

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How do I know that those questions will NOT come up on the NBDHE anymore? Please click below to see the NBDHE 2017 official guidelines. See on page 9 the question types. “Cause – effect” is not there anymore! At StudentRDH dental hygiene boards prep, we already updated our bite-size study notes and quizzes according to the guidelines, and we were very happy to do so.

Click here to view the detailed manual

You will only see the following 4 types of questions.

1. Completion

Q: Cluster of sebaceous glands observed on the buccal mucosa is,

(A.) Linea alba
(B.) Lipoma
(C.) Fordyce granule
(D.) Mucocele

2. Question

Q: Which type of hypersensitivity has the MOST delayed response?

(A.) Type I
(B.) Type II
(C.) Type III
(D.) Type IV

3. Negative

Q: The following conditions are contraindicated for the use of nitrous oxide, EXCEPT one. Which one is the EXCEPTION?

(A.) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(B.) Asthma
(C.) Cystic fibrosis
(D.) Pregnancy

4. Paired True-False

Q: Protection from excessive exposure to radiation is aided by use of aluminum filters and a lead diaphragm. The filters reduce the amount of soft radiation reaching the patient’s face and the diaphragm controls the area exposed.

(A.) Both statements are true.
(B.) Both statements are false.
(C.) The first statement is true, the second is false.
(D.) The first statement is false, the second is true.

Please spread the word! Forward this as an email or repost it on your FB page if you can! We don’t want anybody to spend time mastering the old “cause – effect” questions when they don’t matter. My goal at StudentRDH dental hygiene boards prep review solution is to help you study effectively. Save time, money, and effort. That is why we have a STEP by STEP process that you can easily follow:

  • Step 1: Review 17 chapters of study notes (bullet points + keywords)
  • Step 2: Take 2000 practice questions
  • Step 3: Practice the mock exam (timer included)
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Please see on another post the newest joint replacement antibiotics guidelines. I receive a lot of emails regarding this topic from users who use StudentRDH. If you are using an older reference, you may be reading the old guidelines.

Here is the trick. Students are still reporting that they saw about 3 questions of this format among the 350 questions NBDHE. It is problem because if the guidelines do NOT include such questions, they should not be there. StudentRDH has no control over the NBDHE (National Dental Hygiene Boards) and I am sad to see the discrepancy. But if it is 3/350 questions, that is less than 1%. Some students have seen as many as 10 questions. But again, let’s not worry about it and focus our attention on the most important parts of the NBDHE.

Answers: 1) C; 2) D; 3) B; 4) A
By the way, the answer for the “cause-effect” question is A.

Now HAPPIER studying because the terrible “cause – effect” questions are GONE, hopefully forever.

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Written by
Claire Jeong, RDH, MS

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