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Understanding the exact breakdown of the DANB's Certified Dental Assistant test will help you know what to expect and how to most effectively prepare. The DANB's Certified Dental Assistant has multiple-choice questions The exam will be broken down into the sections below:

DANB's Certified Dental Assistant Exam Blueprint
Domain Name % Number of
GC (120 Questions)
     Collection and recording of clinical data 10% 5
     Chairside dental procedures 45% 23
     Chairside dental materials (preparation, manipulation, application) 11% 6
     Lab materials and procedures 4% 2
     Patient education and oral health management 10% 5
     Prevention and management of emergencies 14% 7
     Office management procedures 6% 3
RHS (100 Questions)
     Expose and evaluate (intraoral, extraoral) 37% 19
     Process 16% 8
     Mount/label 11% 6
     Radiation safety-patient 24% 12
     Radiation safety-operator 12% 6
ICE (100 Questions)
     Patient and dental healthcare worker education 10% 5
     Prevent cross-contamination and disease transmission 20% 10
     Maintain aseptic conditions 10% 5
     Perform sterilization procedures 15% 8
     Environmental asepsis 15% 8
     Occupational safety 30% 15