I am soooo wasted... Two days of hell, no lunch on either. Just work your way through it all. The NERB consists of three components: 1. clinical case-based exams on computer. Similar to the cases in NBDE Part II. This you either take as part of your school curriculum if offered, or arrange it yourself at a Prometric testing center. 2. Mannequin exercise. Fabricate a 3-unit provisional FPD and do endo #8. You arrive on-site around 6:30AM to set up your operatory and get your stuff together, then sit through the NERB orientation at 7AM. Start the exercise at 8AM, and you have until 4:20PM to finish both the FPD and the endo. Sounds simple enough, but the way they want it done takes a friggin' long time. And during the exam, things have an uncanny way of getting screwed up... I've made provisionals using the indirect method that came out PERFECT in my last three tries, but during the NERB for some reason it came out horrible-- Had to reline 200 times and spent 2 hours adjusting the occlusion when the provisional gets punched through. This part of the NERB just ROYALLY sucked. 3. Patient clinic exercise. Must do one Class-II Amalgam, one Class-III Resin, and a perio exercise. I'm surprised it went pretty well, in contrast to my sister's experience when she took it in 2000 (she was totally stressed out). Mine went smoothly, but I think I'm lucky-- I have patients with the perfect "board lesions." Standard G.V. Black preps, smooth as clockwork. Having an awesome assistant helped a lot too. I'm still tired though; got up 5:30AM and got ready to set out. Went first to go pick up my patients-- That way you know they will show up. Basically, if your patient don't show, you fail and you just wasted $1100. Arrived at school 6:30AM to set up my operatory. Attended orientation at 7AM. Exam starts at 8AM, all the way until 4:30PM, no breaks. If I'm lucky and pass the NERB (will find out in 4-6 weeks), I won't have to take another exam for the rest of my life! Those of you in the Class of 2008 at any of the four New York schools who are reading this: you won't have to deal with this at all. Lucky you!