Are you taking the Licensure Exam for Dentists this December 2019? Make sure to check your Room Assignment below which has been provided by the PRC (Professional Regulation Commission), so that you’ll know where to go and where to take the Dentistry board exam!
UPDATE (November 2019): The official room assignments for those taking the Dentist Licensure Exam are NOW RELEASED! Scroll below to see which exam venues already include the note “Now Available!”. This means room assignments in these venues are ready for viewing. If the PDF file is not yet displayed, the PRC is still finalizing the room assignment but it will be uploaded very soon. Kindly refresh the page or visit this page again later to see if the update has been posted.
Also check out below some useful and practical Dentistry exam tips we prepared for you to help you pass the exam this year! Good luck!
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Before you take the Board Exam, be informed about the following important details — including exam schedule, dress code, and what you can and cannot bring during exam day. All these are official instructions sourced from the PRC.
Dentist Exam Schedule (Dec 2019)
On the first day of the board exam, be present at the venue before 6:30 AM so you can check your room and seat number. Take note that examinees who will come in late will NOT be admitted to the exam room so don’t be late, otherwise, you might not be able to take the board exam!
Schedule: Written Phase of Dentist Licensure Exam
December 3, 2019 (Tuesday)
- 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM – General Instructions & Filling-out of forms
- 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – General and Oral Anatomy and Physiology
- 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – General and Oral Pathology, General and Oral Microscopic Anatomy and Microbiology
- 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Restorative Dentistry and Public Health, and Community Dentistry
December 4, 2019 (Wednesday)
- 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Prosthetic Dentistry (Crown and Bridge, Removable Partial Denture and Complete Denture and Dental Materials)
- 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Roentgenology, Oral Diagnosis and Oral Surgery
- 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Anesthesiology and Pharmacology
December 5, 2019 (Thursday)
- 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
- 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Dental Jurisprudence, Ethics and Practice Management
- 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Periodontics and Endodontics
Schedule: Practical Phase of Dentist Licensure Exam
DAY 1: Group 1 – December 15, 2019 (Sunday) || Group 2 – December 17, 2019 (Tuesday)
- 7:00 AM – 7:45 AM – General Instructions & Filling-out of forms
- 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM – Preparation and Submission of Exercises
DAY 2: Group 1 – December 16, 2019 (Monday) || Group 2 – December 18, 2019 (Wednesday)
- 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM – Preparation and Submission of Exercises
Dentist Board Exam Dress Code
Please note that all examinees are REQUIRED to wear their SCHOOL UNIFORM as stated in Resolution 311 of the Professional Regulatory Board of Dentistry, dated May 18, 1994.
What to Bring During Dentist Board Exam
Make sure to bring the following items with you during exam day:
- Notice of Admission (NOA)
- Applicant’s stub and Official Receipt (OR)
- Two (2) or more Pencils (No. 2)
- Ballpens with black ink (black ballpens) only
- One (1) piece long brown envelope
- One (1) piece long transparent, non-colored plastic envelope (for safekeeping of valuables and other allowed items)
- Food – all examinees are required to bring with them snacks or meals placed inside a transparent plastic bag. No other person, including the proctors or room watchers, shall be allowed to give or distribute food to any examinee while the board exam is in progress.
NOTE: During the exam, candidates are not allowed to borrow anything or to communicate with other people taking the exam. Examinees are also not allowed to leave the room, so with regard to using the CR, make sure you go to the restroom right before taking the exam.
Prohibited Items During Dentist Board Exam
Take note that the following items are NOT ALLOWED to be brought inside the exam room:
- Books, notes, review materials, and other printed materials containing coded data / information / formula;
- Programmable calculators;
- Cellphones, mobile phones, ear plugs, transmitters, portable computers, smart watches, Bluetooth and other electronic gadgets or devices which may be used for communication purposes;
- Bags of any kind (ladies bag, shoulder bags, attache case, backpacks, etc.);
- Other examination aids not stated on this program.
Tips to Pass the Dentist Licensure Exam
Do you want some tips to help you pass the Dentist exam?
Without a doubt, passing the Licensure Exam for Dentists requires tons of preparation, hard work, persistence, and determination. You will surely do your part. You will study long hours, read a lot of books, and answer hundreds of pages of reviewers.
But do you want to hear useful tips, this time straight from those who already passed the boards? Here’s our collection of the best insights and tips from previous Dentist Licensure Exam passers themselves!
Tip #1: Be careful of various types of exam questions.
Some questions in the board exam may appear like they’re there to trick the examinee but in reality, these questions are testing the depth of a prospective dentist’s knowledge and understanding of the profession. Watch out for the following types of questions so you won’tbe tripped when you encounter them in the exam.
- The “Exception” question – These are questions containing the phrase “all of the above, except…”, “… is NOT an example of…”, or “none of the above”. Thoroughly read and understand what’s being asked and make sure you do not miss what’s being excluded or included in the question.
- The “Superlatives” question – These are questions or answers containing “always,” “every,” “all,” or “none”. Don’t be fooled by these answers because in most cases, these statements are false. Why? Because — you know this by now — there are rarely absolutes in human anatomy and science. So if you see those superlatives phrases in the questions or answers, think twice about what’s actually being asked.
- The “Usually” question – These are questions containing the words “usually,” “likely,” “may,” “possibly,” or “generally”. As opposed to the superlatives described above which are generally false, do note that the use of these phrases usually indicate this time that the statement is true.
Tip #2: If there are opposite answers, one of them is likely the correct answer.
If you are given two options in the multiple choice questions that are complete opposite of one another, one of them is likely the correct answer. This is a very nifty tip for those taking the licensure exam since it already increases your chances of getting the wrong answer because you’e already eliminated the other 50% of the options.
Sample question: “Which of the following situations would result in dark radiographs?”
a. Films were beyond the expiration date
b. Developing solution was too cold
c. Exposure time was too short
d. Exposure time was too long
You’ll notice that Options C and D are complete opposite of each other, which means the correct answer is likely one of them. You can already eliminate Options A and B, which means your chance of getting this right now increases to 50%.
So what’s the answer to the question above? It’s actually “D. Exposure time was too long.”
Tip #3: The long answers are usually the right answers.
When answering the exam questions, do not overthink. Do not attempt to go to the proctor to clarify questions or answers, since they’re not the ones that made the exam anyway. It’s possible that you can find an argument why Answer A, B, or C is the best answer, but do not complicate things and just go for the black-and-white answer. The simplest tip, if you’re really unsure of what to answer: go for the statement that is the longest among the options. It’s been tried and tested before that long answers are usually the right answers.
Tip #4: Do not anymore cram 24 hours before the exam.
Guess what, no amount of cramming and studying can effectively be done one day prior to the exam. This has already been proven by several examinees who will tell you that it will only cause you unnecessary anxiety and stress because you’ll get to see that perhaps there were still a lot of topics that you skipped or missed. If you want, you can allot 1-3 hours hours to briefly review a day before the examination — to just browse through tables or memorize concepts that you want retained — and that’s all.
Take time to relax, have fun, or go for a run, and make sure you go to bed early. Wake up around 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning, eat a decent breakfast, and bring all required documents then proceed to the exam venue. Reduce your stress level a day prior and on the day of the exam.
Tip #5: Take care of yourself.
Weeks leading to the exam, make sure you regularly eat plenty of nutritious food, get ample amount of sleep every night, and periodically unwind. Your health is important and being sick on the day of the exam is the worst situation you’ll be in.
Also, be sure to plan something relaxing and fun after completing the dentist exam. You’ve worked really hard, no doubt, and you deserve a break. Celebrate! There’s nothing you can do anymore but to wait for the results, so have fun and look forward to your happy future as a dentist!
Useful PRC Links and Board Exam Resources:
- Dentist Licensure Exam 2019: RESULTS and LIST OF PASSERS
- How to RENEW your PRC ID Online in 5 Easy Steps
- PRC Registration for New Board Exam Passers
- How to Check your Actual Board Exam Score: PRC Verification of Rating
- PRC Online Appointment & Exam Registration Application
PRC Room Assignments: Dentist Exam (Dec 2019)
If you see a “Now Available!” note beside the exam venue, it means the PRC already released the list for that province or city and you may now view the room assignment. If it is not yet available, the PRC is still finalizing the school and classroom details. We will update this post once the official Room Assignments are released.
Here are additional useful tips we suggest you follow before the exam.
1. You’ll notice that even in just one school, several buildings and classrooms will be used as testing centers. To make sure that you proceed to the correct location, write down and take note of the exact Building, Classroom, and Seat Number assigned to you.
2. Before the day of the board exam, find out the address of the school or venue where you’ll be taking the exam. Research the actual location using Google Maps or a guide map to determine how to get there.
3. Better yet, try visiting the venue a few days before the board exam! Doing so will help you discover the best transportation or routes to take. If you simulate going to the venue beforehand, you’ll also have an idea how long it will take you to reach the exam center from your place. This allows you to change your transportation plans, if needed.
4. On the day of the exam, don’t be late! According to the PRC, examinees who will be late will NOT BE ALLOWED to take the board exam. We suggest you arrive at the exam venue at least one (1) hour before the start of the exam. This gives you enough time to locate the building, classroom, and seat number assigned to you.
What happens if you did not show up or weren’t able to take the boards? The answer is in this article: I registered but I did not take the board exam.
MANILA: Dentist Licensure Exam Room Assignment (Dec 2019) – Now Available!
Here are the schools to be used as testing centers in MANILA during the December 2019 Licensure Exam for Dentists.
- NATIONAL UNIVERSITY-MOA (Address: MOA COMPLEX CORAL WAY, PASAY CITY)
- PROFESSIONAL REGULATION COMMISSION ANNEX – BULWAGANG NUBLA (Address: P. PAREDES ST., SAMPALOC, MANILA)
- PERPETUAL HELP COLLEGE MANILA – AUDITORIUM (Address: V. CONCEPCION ST., SAMPALOC, MANILA)
To view your exact room assignment, please wait a few seconds for the PDF file below to load completely. If the file won’t display properly, simply refresh or reload this page. Sometimes it takes two or three page refreshes to completely load the Room Assignments PDF file.
If you find any errors in the spelling of your name, school, date of birth, or application number, please contact the Application Division of the PRC office nearest you to request a correction of these errors. Alternatively, on the exam day itself, you may approach the proctors or room watchers to request to rectify the errors.
Dental Board Exam Requirements by PRC
According to the PRC rules, to be eligible to take the Dentistry Licensure Exam, applicants are required to comply with and to submit the following requirements.
- Finish a two-tear Certificate in a Pre-Dental course and receive a Diploma for a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) program in a CHED-recognized educational institution
- Birth Certificate issued by the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA), formerly NSO
- Marriage Contract, for married female applicants, issued by the Philippine Statistics Office (PSA), formerly NSO
- Transcript of Records with scanned picture and Remarks “For Board Examination Purposes”
- Valid NBI Clearance (for first-timers and repeaters)
- Proof of Completion of “Refresher Course” (for those who failed the exam three times)
Required exam fee is P900.00 for the Written Phase and P400.00 for the Practical Phase. Only those who passed the Theoretical (Written) Phase will take the Practical Phase and will pay the P400.00 fee.
Dentist Board Exam Coverage and Syllabi
The general topics included in the Licensure Exam for Dentists are the following. These files are sourced from the Board of Dentistry and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).
Prayer for Dentist Board Exam Takers
Seek divine refuge and inspiration in this prayer below in preparation for the board exam.
Guide me and be with me as I take this exam
Inspire me to be calm, clever, and confident.
Help me concentrate and clear my mind
Remove my anxiety and relieve me of stress.
Grant me the wisdom to remember what I studied
And discernment to know the answers that are right.
Provide me strength to pass this challenge
Help me conquer this once-in-a-lifetime exam.
I lay down before you my nerves and fears
Endow me peace and warm my heart.
I pray for my success in this exam
All for the glory of Your name.