The Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) is excited to share that soon, select DANB exams will be available to take through online proctoring. Previously, candidates could only take DANB exams in person at Pearson VUE testing centers.

Starting this summer, candidates will be able to take DANB exams at home, at work, or at another private location. Candidates may take DANB online proctored exams if they have a computer and testing space that meet the requirements.

Many exam candidates expressed excitement and enthusiasm about online proctored exams.

“I live more than two hours away from my closest testing center,” one exam candidate said. “It would be great to have the opportunity to take DANB exams remotely, so that I do not have to worry about the long drive and taking the day off from work.”

Others said the ability to take DANB exams through online proctoring would ease their fears about COVID-19 and increase their comfort levels.

“I think it would make a lot of people feel safer and more comfortable knowing that they are taking the test in the comfort of their own home, and not having to physically go to a testing center,” one exam candidate explained.

DANB online proctored exams will be offered through DANB’s testing vendor Pearson VUE’s OnVUE system. Online proctored exams need to be scheduled in advance, but appointments are offered 24/7 so candidates can find a time convenient for their schedule.

Like taking an exam in-person at a testing center, candidates who take an online proctored exam are monitored by a proctor. However, with online proctored exams, the proctor is offsite and monitors the candidate live through their computer’s microphone and webcam with the assistance of artificial intelligence.

Initially, DANB will offer the Radiation Health and Safety (RHS); Infection Control (ICE); General Chairside Assisting (GC); and Anatomy, Morphology and Physiology (AMP) exams through online proctoring. DANB will continue to offer these and all other DANB exams in-person at Pearson VUE testing centers.

“I am excited to be able to have more options that could fit with our needs, the current situation and our schedules,” one exam candidate said.

More information about DANB online proctored exams will be available in the coming weeks at www.danb.org.