I National Boards are coming up this summer. How Are You Preparing?
is very important and exciting, but we must never lose site that we are
here to become excellent Dentists! One of the biggest hurdles of
first year comes at the very end of Summer term: the National Board Dental
Examination Part I.
SRG has asked a few upper classmen on how they prepared
for Boards and how they succeeded! To all the DS1s and on behalf the
Colorado Student Research Group, we wish you the best in your studies!
is your advice, upper classmen?
confident in your responses on your exam is most important. To build your
confidence in the exam, I would recommend taking as many practice tests
(Crack the NBDE program) as must as possible, and go through the dental
decks until you’re comfortable with the core concepts
- Dental Decks
along with class notes provided me with plenty of information to pass Part
1. I started studying right after the spring semester ended.
Dental Decks and practice tests are your best bet at doing well! I started
studying after the Memorial Day week off of school…Setting daily and/or
weekly goals for the amount of material you want to review is also a good
idea, since it’s easy to get distracted in the summer when the weather is
nice outside. That being said though, definitely allow for some time away
from studying every now and then so you can clear your mind and stay
relaxed. Before you know it, it’ll all be behind you, and you’ll be well on
your way to starting 2nd year!
- Chose a
study aid and stick with it: There
are many, many NBDE study books, decks, software, samples questions, your
notes, etc. You don’t have time to look at everything. Everyone’s studying
style is different. Choose a good system that works for you, and stick with
- Take FULL
length practice exams: training
for a 7 hour exam requires a lot of focus. Practice by taking full length
exams to simulate exam day. Also, try taking practice tests the same hour
of day as your real exam. If your exam is 8AM, be sure that you’re prepared
for that. If you exam is in the afternoon, be prepared!
studying the things you already know:
I know this seems kind of obvious but it’s true. Once you know them, focus
your time on the concepts that you struggle with.
- Take the
night off before the exam. Clear
your mind, hang out with friends, relax. If you cram study the night
before, your brain will be spinning all night and you won’t be well rested.
- Know where
your testing center is: go check
it out with some friends the night before. Don’t get lost on the road the
day of your exam.
are all routing for you! know that we are all here behind the
scenes cheering for you! Have confidence and do your very best!