How to prepare for the NDAEB Written Exam?

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If you’re gearing up for the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) written exam, you may find the preparation process challenging. However, fear not! With the right study material and ample preparation, you can conquer the exam and earn your certification as a dental assistant. The NDAEB written exam evaluates your proficiency in various aspects of dental assisting, covering areas such as dental sciences, clinical procedures, and dental office administration. In this blog post, we will guide you through the essential study materials required to excel in the NDAEB written exam and provide effective strategies to maximize your success. Additionally, we will provide step-by-step instructions on how to apply for the NDAEB Written Exam, ensuring you have all the information you need to embark on this important journey.


NDAEB written Exam Topics

1. NDAEB Exam Blueprint

Before you start studying, it’s important to understand what the exam covers and how it is structured. The NDAEB Exam Blueprint outlines the topics and subtopics that will be covered in the exam. It is important to review the blueprint to identify which areas you need to focus on and allocate your study time accordingly. You can find the NDAEB exam blueprint below.


  • Section 1: Ethical and Legal Practice as a Dental Assistant (approximately 5%)
  • Section 2: Dental Sciences (7-12%) 
  • Section 3: Clinical Support Procedures (10-15%) 
  • Section 4: Patient Records (10-12%) 
  • Section 5: Patient Care Procedures (40-50%) 
  • Section 6: Practice Management Procedures (5-10%) 
  • Section 7: Preventive Procedures (15-20%)


2. Textbooks

Textbooks are an essential source of information for the NDAEB exam. You can use textbooks to review and reinforce your knowledge on various dental assisting topics. Some recommended textbooks for the NDAEB written exam include Dental Assisting:

  1. Modern Dental Assisting, 13th Edition, authored by Bird and Robinson, published in 2021, with ISBN 978-0-323-624855.
  2. Wilkins’ Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist, 13th Edition (Selection Chapters), Customer Edition, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning in 2020, with ISBN 978-1-284-01465-5.
  3. Dental Assisting, A Comprehensive Approach, 5th Edition, published by Delmar in 2018, with ISBN 978-1-305-96763-2.

Other Resources for NDAEB Written Exam include,

  1. Canadian Dental Assistants Association (CDAA). (Retrieved 2023). Code of Ethics
  2. (Retrieved 2023). Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
  3. Health Canada. (Retrieved 2023). Radiation Protection in Dentistry – Recommendation Safety Procedures for the Use of Dental X-Ray Equipment – Safety Code 30 (2022)

3. Practice questions

Practice questions are an effective way to test your knowledge and identify areas you need to review further. Click here to know about Practice questions at Canadie Dental.


1. NDAEB Preparation Test


The NDAEB has an online preparation test available for candidates registered for the exam. The preparation test fee is $75 per test. The preparation test contains 75 multiple-choice questions and only one attempt is allowed.



i) You will get to know the total percentage scored at the end of the test.



i) Syllabus is covered partly 

ii) Limited access

iii) Only 75 questions per test

iv) Can purchase only after booking the exam.


2. Canadie Dental Mock Exam


You can also register with Canadie Dental and get access to online self-study materials, and practice our NDAEB mock exams unlimited times you want.



i) Unlimited

ii) Cost-effective

iii) Correct answers

iv) Detailed explanation

v) Reference for answers

vi) Study timetable

vii) Full syllabus covered

viii) 200 questions per mock (2 mocks)



i) Need to start the prep a month early

4.  Study Groups

Joining a study group can be helpful in preparing for the NDAEB exam. You can discuss difficult topics and can clear your doubts in the study groups.

Canadie Dental has a 24/7 active WhatsApp discussion group where the enrolled candidates can discuss and clear their doubts.

Preparing for the NDAEB written exam requires time, effort, and dedication. However, with the right study materials, study schedule, and practice, you can increase your chances of passing the exam and becoming a certified dental assistant in Canada. Remember to stay focused, stay organized, and seek help when you need it. Best of luck!

In addition to the resources mentioned above, Canadie Dental offers specialized NDAEB Written Exam Study Packages designed to further enhance your preparation. By registering with Canadie Dental, you gain access to comprehensive online self-study materials tailored specifically for the NDAEB exam. These study packages provide a cost-effective and convenient way to supplement your learning. One notable advantage of Canadie Dental’s study packages is the inclusion of NDAEB mock exams. These mock exams consist of 200 questions per mock, allowing you to practice a larger number of questions and further strengthen your knowledge and test-taking skills. Moreover, the mock exams provide correct answers, detailed explanations, and references, enabling you to understand the reasoning behind each answer and further expand your understanding of the exam topics. Canadie Dental’s study packages also provide a study timetable, helping you organize your preparation effectively and stay on track. With their comprehensive study materials, unlimited access to mock exams, and additional support through their active WhatsApp discussion group, Canadie Dental’s NDAEB Written Exam Study Packages can be a valuable resource to maximize your chances of success. Good luck with your exam preparation!



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