Dental Assistant Test

A dental assistant test is designed to assess a candidates' aptitude in the skills necessary to work in a dental assistant role.

  • What is a dental assistant test?

    Dentistry skills and knowledge are difficult to assess just through an online application or resume, which is why the dental assistant test can be so useful.

    Dental assistants have a variety of duties including patient care, office administration and laboratory work. Their work usually involves assisting the dentist with patients, instruments, and supplies during the treatment of teeth, mouth, and gums.

    The test uses a series of multiple-choice questions to evaluate a candidate's knowledge and competencies, as well as how effectively they can communicate, organise and problem-solve.

    Performing well on this test demonstrates a candidate has the knowledge required to be considered for further stages in the recruitment process.

About the Dental Assistant Test

Dental assistants are an important part of a dental practice, so it's crucial you hire the right person for the job. Their main role is to assist dentists with patient care such as handling instruments, supporting patients and cleaning equipment. This test evaluates a candidate's proficiency in dentistry assistant skills, to ensure you select the best hires to interview.

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  • Why should you use a dental assistant test for recruiting?

    Hiring is an important part of any dental practice, especially roles that are customer- or client-facing. One of the challenges during the recruitment process is distinguishing between applicants based on their application, particularly if they have similar levels of experience.

    A dental assistant test solves this challenge and can be easily administered to a large number of applicants to provide comparative data. This gives you more insight into the suitability of each candidate, creating a more efficient and less biased hiring process.

    The test highlights a candidate's proficiency in key skills needed to be an excellent dental assistant, such as their situational judgement, resilience, dentistry knowledge and problem-solving skills.

    A dentist assistant test could be useful for the following roles:

    • Treatment Coordinator
    • Hygienist
    • Dental Technician
    • Patient Care Technician
    • Patient Care Assistant
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Results for the Dental Assistant Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses dental assistant skills

In Picked's dental assistant test, candidates will need to answer a range of questions ranging from situational judgement to problem-solving. The test is designed to indicate how suitable a candidate is for a dental assistant position based on a final test score, which can then be compared to the scores of other applicants.

The multiple-choice questions consist of one correct answer and two to four distractors. The distractors are mostly generic mistakes or misconceptions, which makes the test challenging and helps measure a candidate's proficiency more accurately.

During the development process, the test was rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. It was created and tested by experienced psychometric experts, and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants who have varying experience, just like you might find in a talent pool.

Each test is reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of expertise.

Our dental assistant tests are monitored to ensure they are up-to-date and optimised for performance.


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    All our Dental Assistant tests are written by accredited psychologists and fully validated.

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    We offer Dental Assistant tests for all levels so you can assess all roles within your organisation.


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Our team of assessment experts is made up of I/O psychologists and psychometricians who are dedicated to making all of our tests as reliable, valid and fair as possible. They strictly adhere to best practices in the industry and stay on top of the latest innovations to ensure job candidates’ unique profiles of characteristics, abilities and knowledge are being measured accurately while minimising bias. They leverage decades of research and advanced predictive analytics to build assessments that link to outcomes that matter, such as job performance, turnover, engagement, culture fit and more.

“Personality profiling allowed us to perform lookalike modelling of our most successful employees and use this as a blueprint for new hires.”
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain
Nick, HR Operations, Airbus, Spain

Dental Assistant Test FAQs

What other tests might be useful for dental assistants?

Language proficiency tests, situational judgement, error checking and software skills tests are other potentially useful assessments for dental assistants.

What are the key skills for dental assistants?

Key skills for dental assistants might include being detail-orientated, organized, compassionate, having excellent interpersonal skills, a desire to help, and resilience.

What is the cost for Picked's dental assistant test?

Picked operates on a monthly or annual subscription basis. We have several plans to suit your hiring needs, which you can check out here. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to discuss a custom plan.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, simply sign up (no credit card is required) and we'll give you unlimited access for 7 seven days. Create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you want; you won't be charged a penny.

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