How serious are the boards?

Discussion in 'Dental' started by Faux, May 14, 2017.

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  1. Faux

    Faux 2+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Are we talking DAT level of specifics?

    I'm going through gross section of the decks and its making me relive my trauma of gross anatomy all over again.
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  3. distressstudent

    distressstudent 2+ Year Member

    Sep 3, 2013
    Isn't that the point
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  4. Typical Average Student

    Typical Average Student 2+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2014
    Houston, TX
    idunno. You kinda-- you know... need it to be a dentist in the US.... or at least a legal one. :cool:
  5. Faux

    Faux 2+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    I read a few times you just need score higher than the lowest 10%. Just trying to gauge how much time I should really spend on this exam.
  6. gatsby121

    gatsby121 2+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2014
    yeah its DAT level specific......however given that it is pass/fail and has a high first attempt pass rate its not nearly as stressful as the DAT was, for me at least. i studied for a week for boards part one and passed.
  7. Typical Average Student

    Typical Average Student 2+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2014
    Houston, TX
    I was told by a 3rd year that it was fairly easy if you're in the top 50% of your class. There's just too much material to cover in such a short period of time. She said to do a quick review then take it as early of possible.
  8. TanMan

    TanMan New Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    Back when I took it... not too detailed. All you need is a week of cramming to do well. I remember taking a week off to cram and got a 90 (before P/F) on part I; same thing on Part II. If you're taking the WREB written portion (if it hasn't changed), I don't even think you have to study for more than a day.
  9. THS

    THS Articulating Disc Jockey 2+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Go through Decks once and you'll be fine.
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  10. fa_tth


    Sep 7, 2015
    Also taking the boards this summer. Is it really that easy to pass that you can study for only a week? Going through First Aid / Decks makes it seem significantly more intimidating than that.
  11. Medin2017


    Mar 7, 2017
    is it a dental related first aid or the same as the MD one? Thought FA was like the bible for USMLE? Didn't know boards would get that deep
  12. fa_tth


    Sep 7, 2015
    NBDE 1 FA
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  13. ncide

    ncide 2+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2015
  14. hannah_hoac

    hannah_hoac 2+ Year Member

    Aug 20, 2014
    I, and other friends I studied with, only used First Aid, Youtube videos and old exams.
  15. toothdriller2k17

    toothdriller2k17 2+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2014
    study and you'll be fine. decks are overkill in my opinion
  16. Greyangel6

    Greyangel6 2+ Year Member

    Aug 8, 2013
    so this is just my experience but I regret buying deck because the exam didn't reflect what I studied in the deck. My school has a review course and that was the most helpful. I also went over ADA published exams that's on their website, that was very helpful as well. I had the NBDE1 mastery app that I went over twice, it helped a bit (maybe 7-8% of my total exam). Also for the biochem section, there's a booklet for it that's about 124 pages and it did help in a bunch of questions as well.
  17. Faux

    Faux 2+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Yeah I'm not liking decks too much. I was thinking about just going through sketchy micro/pathoma and some physio vids. Might be more time consuming but at least its more enjoyable.
  18. PreDentTechySon

    PreDentTechySon 5+ Year Member

    May 13, 2011
    I've heard from a lot of people at my school that old exams are the way to go. I definitely plan on going through them, but my concern is being able to keep organized when I study (i.e. Having to switch from dental anatomy to micro to anatomical sciences etc.). Would anyone have any recommendations about First Aid or other material?
  19. Sidrap

    Sidrap Slum Lord

    May 20, 2017
    Seems VCU has taught us well (co 2018)...
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  20. wildzodiac

    wildzodiac 2+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2014
    I am convinced that this exam has simply become a money thing after they changed it from pass/fail. With that being said, the majority of people I know who took it went into the exam, some studying for 2 months and others a week, and they all equally seemed to have felt like they failed the exam miserably. I remember going into the exam, taking it, and feeling the exact same way after studying solid for a good 4 weeks. When everyone gets the news that they passed, and trust me, pretty much everyone passes with the exception of 0-2 people per year out of a class of 130+, you will probably laugh while questing if they mixed up your student ID number with some other dental student in the country.

    Seriously though, go through decks once and don't spend too much time on one concept. Study for a few weeks, take the exam, feel like you failed, get the results, realize you passed, laugh, and carry on.
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