You will be put into a dentist’s chair with a series of tests. You will be required to chew a certain amount of gum and suck on a certain amount of air, while looking at a light on the screen. The light is designed to show if the muscles in your mouth move as you are chewing. Once the light turns on, you will know how your muscles are working.
Next, you will have to take your temperature in addition to blood pressure. Your doctor will have you sit still for ten seconds and then move your arm and hand about a hundred times. This is done so that a technician can monitor your heart rate and how your body is responding. This test may also be taken to determine your oral fixation (the position of your tongue) and your gums.
Your test will be an hour long. It is usually given twice, once at your application interview and again when you come back to the exam room. Once you finish the exam, you will be given a grade. If you do not pass, you will have to repeat the test until you are able to pass it.
If you think you will not pass your exam, you should call the faculty member who sent you to the Duke faculty, the Dental Hygienist who sent you there and your professor. Do not tell any one else, even a close friend or relative, of your failure. You want to get your grades back on track. If you have a D or better grade coming back, your chances are good that you can get in. If your score is lower than D, you will probably need to go back to the faculty and ask if they can lower your grade.
The Physiology exam is not the only part of the oral board that you will have to pass. You will also need to have a written composition on the subject of your choice and write a research paper on it. You must also write a detailed report on the type of dentistry you are interested in taking.
In the Oral Board, you will be given several samples to look over. These samples will serve as a sample of your work before the real thing begins. Your professor will ask questions about the samples, and the information that is contained within them. You will also give your opinion on some of the samples.
After you pass your first dental school admission test, your chances will increase dramatically. You will make it a point to take your exams often until you can assure yourself that you have the skills that are needed to pass other tests.
The reason for this is that the oral board is designed for new students to take. Your professor is trying to find out what kind of student you are, so he will ask you many questions on the course material. He is also testing your knowledge. With each passing exam, he will gain an understanding of your level of knowledge and be able to give you suggestions.
The oral exam may be a little tough, but you can make it easier by using your time wisely. You will need to pay attention to every question that is asked, but take notes, and study thoroughly during the exam. If you do not have time to do all of these things, take a break and let someone else take a turn answering the questions. If you want to speed up the process, use a review book, which can be purchased at your local library.
You will also need to practice answering questions during the physiology exam. There are specific questions that may be difficult, but if you know how to do them correctly, it will not take you long to get them.
Remember that the oral board does not judge your performance solely by the results of the exam, but by the quality of the questions that are asked. If you can pass it with flying colors, then you will have shown the faculty that you have a clear comprehension of the material that you are being taught.