DANB (GC) Exam
The DANB (GC) exam is a comprehensive and challenging assessment for men and women who want to enter this fast-paced and rewarding area of health care. Those who pass the exam are qualified to serve as general chair-side assistants. The exam was developed by the Dental Assisting National Board in consultation with an expert team of exam administrators.
The DANB (GC) exam consists of 120 multiple-choice questions to be completed within one-and-a-half hours and covers the following topics: collection and recording of clinical data (10 percent of the exam); chair-side dental procedures (45 percent); chair-side dental materials, including preparation, manipulation, and application (11 percent); lab materials and procedures (4 percent); patient education and oral health management (10 percent); prevention and management of emergencies (14 percent); and office management procedures (6 percent).
The DANB (GC) exam may be taken via computer or on paper. Exam scores are placed on a scale from 100 to 900, with a minimum passing score of 400. There is no precise number of correct answers required to earn a passing score because versions of the DANB (GC) exam vary in difficulty. A performance rating of low average, average, or high average is provided for each subtest and can be used to improve scores in the future. Exam results are not released to anyone besides the candidate.
Last Updated: 04/12/2013