What is DANB (GC) Exam?

The DANB (GC) exam, a component exam of Certified Dental Assistant exam conducted by the Dental Assisting National Board, is an eligibility test for those who want to enter into the field of health care. Those who pass the exam become eligible to serve as general chair-side assistants.

In order to become a DANB certified dental assistant, candidates should pass the CDA (Certified Dental Exam) comprising of 3 separate exams such as

  • RHS (Radiation Health and Safety) exam
  • ICE (Infection Control) Exam
  • GC (General Chairside assisting) exam

Candidates can attempt all the three in one go or can take a time period of five years to crack the tests.

Eligibility/ Qualification

To be eligible for the exam candidates must fulfil one of the following qualifying criteria.

  • Candidates should have Graduate degree in CODA (Commission on Dental Accreditation) accredited dental assisting or dental hygiene program. Those who are supposed to finish their graduation within 90 days of application to test should submit intent to graduate letter as a proof of anticipated graduation.
  • Candidates having a minimum work experience of 3,500 hours as Dental Assistants are eligible. Candidates are requested to attach an Employer Work Experience Statement with the application.
  • Candidates who posses A current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate from a DANB-accepted CPR provider are eligible for the test. Candidates should enclose front and back copies of a valid, DANB-accepted CPR card with the application.


The DANB (GC) exam comprises of 120 multiple-choice questions to be answered within one-and-a-half hours. Candidates can go for either computer-based or paper and pencil version of the exam. The syllabus for the GC exam includes the following.

  • 10% of the exam covers collection and recording of clinical data
  • 45% of the exam includes Chairside dental procedures.
  • Chairside dental materials (preparation, manipulation, application) cover 11% of the test.
  • 4% of the exam is devoted to Lab materials and procedures.
  • Patient education and oral health management covers 10% of the exam.
  • 14% of the exam includes prevention and management of emergencies.
  • Office management procedures cover 6% of the exam.


Exam scores will be placed on a scale ranging from 100 to 900. Candidates should score a minimum of 400 marks in order to qualify the exam.

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