Online Written Exam Date

Date: Friday 12th April 2024
Time: 10am

Exam lasts: 
2 hours

60 MCQs and 40 EMQs

Login / password details:
The candidate login details (link and password) will be emailed to our candidates directly from the NEBDN.  We will update our students when the NEBDN has confirmed the dates.  If you have not received it by 5pm that day, please initially check your spam, do not wait for the weekend to check as you would have lost this time to undertake your session.  If it is not there email the the NEBDN Assessment and Awards team directly [email protected] for this to be sent again.


MANDATORY Preparation Session Date and Passwords

ALL candidates (including any re-sit candidates) must complete a mandatory NEBDN Exam Preparation Session prior to the exam.  A candidate can complete the session ANY TIME that is convenient with them, as long as it is within the stipulated timeframe.

The session will run between 9am onThursday 4th April until 12pm(midday) Monday 8th April 2024.

This session is proven to be vital to ensuring candidates are fully prepared for their examination from a hardware and expectation perspective.  The purpose of the session is to; 

1) Ensure successful download of the MaxExam 
2) Test the device to check it is compatible with the software and has enough memory to support the application 
3) Familiarise the candidate with the format of the software, in particular how to undertake their identification check, test their camera, and confirm how they submit their finalised examination. 
4) Ensure the device has completed any updates which could affect the device on the day 

The NEBDN will directly email candidate passwords for this preparation session - when the NEBDN has shared this information with us we will update our students.
If you have not received it, please initially check your spam, if it is not there email the the NEBDN Assessment and Awards team directly [email protected] for this to be sent again.

The session will consist of a tutorial and an opportunity to practice using the exam software. This may include dental questions but these will not count towards your exam percentage. This session is there to help you understand the software and how the exam will look and work on the day.  A helpful user guide for downloading the MaxExam App is contained in a link further down the page and video of the process can be found:

Aim to complete the Exam Preparation Session as early as possible within the above timeframes. Thereby, allowing the NEBDN time to resolve any technical issues you might incur while the session remains available. i.e. do not leave the Preparation Session to the last minute, on the last day. If candidates are unable to complete this mandatory session within the timeframe, the NEBDN has stipulated that they will be deferred to the next written exam and a re-sit fee will be enforced.

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Online Written Exam Information

Exam Software
Please click on the link for instructions on how to download and install the exam software. Hardware Guidelines

Computer Health Check
To check that you have a computer and software that can support the examination App, click on the link below, read and run through the guide Computer Health Check  

On the day of the exam, make sure that your laptop is plugged into a power source so that it does not lose power during the exam and that you are connected to the internet.

App download
Please click on the link for instructions on how to download and install the exam software.  NB:  YOU CANNOT do this until you have received your email from the NEBDN on the dates noted above.  App Download Instructions

We have compiled our own list of FAQs from students, please click
Written Exam Frequently Asked Questions  
The NEBDN has also produced their own FAQ page on their website - click here 

Mandatory ALL Candidates
1)  Are required to present their photographic ID at the start of their NEBDN online written examination. The ID will be checked using the MaxExam App.  The ID must match the name that the NEBDN has for you i.e. if you have recently changed your name please let the Academy know by emailing [email protected] The only forms of photographic ID accepted by the NEBDN are: 
* A valid passport (or an expired passport up to two years after the expiry date)
* Photographic driving licence (or provisional licence)
* Armed forces identity card
* CitizenCard    *
* Government issued identity card (including NHS identity cards)
* SMART Card
* Electoral identity card
* National Union of Student (NUS) photographic card
* University or College photographic ID cards
* Valid UK ID card
* PASS (proof of Age Standards Scheme) ID card (i.e Young Scot, OneID4U)

2) Candidates must have a webcam with a microphone. If the webcam does not have a microphone built in,  NEBDN recommends using headphones with a microphone function.

3) Must use the same computer/laptop to complete the preparation session and the written exam.  If the preparation session is not completed, the student will NOT be able to sit the exam.

Setting up for the exam
Take the exam in a quiet environment either at work or at home. No one else can be in, or enter, the room for the duration of the exam. You must not communicate with anyone (other than NEBDN) during the exam.

Admittance to the exam
Learners will have their ID checked and a picture of them taken prior to accessing the examination. This will allow NEBDN to verify the learners’ identity using the MaxExam app.
It will not be possible to start the exam earlier than the given start time. However, you must ensure that you are logged on, ready and waiting, at least 15 minutes prior to the start  of the exam.

A step by step login guide will be provided on the day. If you require assistance at any time call NEBDN 01772 429917.

Electronic Mobile Devices
You are allowed to have your mobile device to hand.  It must be switched off, not just on silent, unless you have been allocated a NEBDN Reader for the exam.  Put the NEBDN telephone number in your contacts in case you need to call them for advice in the middle of your exam.

During the exam
If you lose internet connection, don’t panic, continue to answer the questions as normal. The data will still be recorded in the application. Usually the internet reconnects without intervention.
If you cannot submit your assessment at the end of the exam, you will receive an error message. Click retry.
If the error message occurs again, click exit. Then reconnect your internet and log back into the exam App. Upon logging into the App it will automatically submit your assessment.

DO NOT switch off your computer during the exam. This will be seen as suspicious behaviour and could result in a formal investigation. Only turn your computer off after submitting your answers, or at the end if you need to reboot to submit your answers.

Time During the Exam
It is important that you complete all questions. You gain marks for correct answers, you do not have marks deducted for wrong answers. Therefore, be sure to answer every question. Monitor the time to be certain that you complete all questions in the 2 hours. In the bottom right-hand corner of your screen the time remaining will start to count down as soon as you click start to begin the exam.

Monitoring Candidates During the Exam
The MaxExam software is sophisticated in monitoring your performance. The software produces cheat-analysis-reports for NEBDN. If your device is used to access the internet to search for answers, the software will lockdown your device.
During the exam the software will also alert NEBDN of any suspicious, unusual or concerning behaviour. This could include looking away from the screen or appearing to look at other devices or materials for answers.

The time given for questions would not allow you time to search for answers, anyway. Therefore, act professionally and with honesty.  

This is an exam environment and should be treated as such.  Even if you are sitting this exam at home, no one is allowed to enter or leave the room.  Eat or smoke.  It is advised to ensure animals also do not disturb the exam.

After the exam

* Discuss questions or answers with anyone.
* Try to discover how others faired
* Make enquiries about questions for future exams

NEBDN scans social media for candidates who share information. Communication through social media could breach professional standards and principles of honesty and integrity, jeopardising your exam result and career.  It has been known for students to be withdrawn from sitting their OSCE following investigations post written exam.


Results and June 2024 OSCEs

Written Results Date: Thursday 9th May 2024

Results will be emailed to candidates directly from the NEBDN.  If you have not received it by 5pm that day, please initially check your spam.   If it is not there email the the NEBDN Assessment and Awards team directly [email protected] for this to be sent again.

If you are successful in passing the written examination you will automatically be entered to sit the June 24 OSCEs.

OSCE Exam Dates:
Mandatory Prep Session:
9am Friday 31st May until midday Tuesday 4th June 2024
Part 1 - Online Workbook: The NEBDN has yet to confirm dates, however are asking students to hold this period Friday 7th - Sunday 23rd June 2024*
Part 2 - Zoom: The NEBDN has yet to confirm dates, however are asking students to hold this period Friday 7th - Sunday 23rd June 2024*
* Your exam will only be on one or two of these days, however the NEBDN request that you save all of these dates until nearer the time when they will allocate specific dates to students.  NB this can be approximately 6 weeks prior to the exam. You will need to sit both parts to complete your OSCE examination.

OSCE Results Date: Thursday 25th July 2024