Hero image background
BlogStudy Guides
11 March, 2024

Minutes Before the INBDE

The INBDE is a standardized exam to obtain licensure and practice dentistry in the US. In this article, we will discuss what to do minutes before taking the INBDE.
Storyteller Avatar
Booster Prep

🏛️ Test Center Procedures

Once inside the examination center, the test administrator will check your ID(s) and capture your biometrics electronically before allowing you to proceed with testing inside the examination room. You will be provided with scratch paper and a pen which you can use to your advantage for jotting down some important, exam-relevant points.

✍️ List of Important Topics 

The following is a recommended list of topics that you can scribble on paper and can come in handy for you in case questions are asked about these topics:

  1. Eruption timing (primary and permanent teeth): It is vital to know the eruption timing of the primary and permanent teeth as it is frequently tested on the exam. Noting down the eruption timing is the first thing you should do before starting to tackle the exam questions.
  2. Occlusion (Picket Fence diagram): This diagram will help you envision how maxillary and mandibular teeth occlude (Class I relation), and you can answer many questions involving the mandibular movements during function and parafunction. The diagram looks something like this: 
  3. Mechanism of Action (MOA) of commonly tested drugs: Pharmacology is heavily tested on the INBDE. It is a good idea to jot down one-liner MOAs of commonly tested drugs like NSAIDs, opioids, antibiotics, blood-thinners, antihypertensives, statins, bisphosphonates, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, antiepileptics, and antineoplastics. Try to prioritize those you have trouble remembering especially.
  4. Periodontal Staging and Grading: There are questions on the exam that want you to diagnose the periodontal staging and grading of a patient based on their periodontal chart findings. Scribbling the periodontal staging and grading classification on a piece of paper before the exam starts can prove to be of great help later on during the exam. You can glance over the INBDEBooster Periodontics notes to get an insight into the classification.

👉 Conclusion

The INBDE is an important exam and requires diligent preparation and smart strategies to nail it. Making note of essential points on the scratch paper provided by the test center can help you remember information, which can be used to your advantage in answering the questions. Remember to hand over the used paper and pen to your test administrator once you complete your exam and before leaving the test center. INBDEBooster subject notes contain many high-yield points you can study in your spare time and boost your knowledge and confidence. Happy studying!