Applicants for registration as dental hygienist must meet the dental hygiene competencies in order to be registered. You must be able to satisfy these competencies, a list of which can be found in the scope of practice competencies for dental hygienists.
The Written Examination consists of two 3-hour papers. It assesses your knowledge and understanding of the scientific bases of contemporary dental hygiene and how to apply that knowledge.
Paper A includes questions requiring essay and short written answers. Some questions may require you to demonstrate an ability to analyse and evaluate current knowledge. You should note the meanings of the following three terms frequently used in the examination:
The last two terms are often used in questions that enable you to demonstrate your breadth of knowledge.
For paper A you will enter the examination room 15 minutes before you start to write. You will have five minutes to read the instructions and 10 minutes to read the examination questions.
Paper B is made up of one hour of 50 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and two hours of Visual Interpretation in the form of images and radiographs illustrating clinical conditions with questions requiring short written answers.
The publications we list do not form the basis of the examination. However, they may be used as a general resource.
To feel prepared for the examination, it is recommended that you:
If you are uncertain about any instruction or question from the examiners, ask for clarification.
Clear, detailed instructions about seating, timing, labelling of papers will be given at the time of the examination which you must follow accurately.
The written examination is held once per year. Please refer to the examinations timetable for the date.
Your assessment of eligibility application form must reach us by the closing date listed on the examinations timetable.
The specific venue will be confirmed to you for each individual examination.
You will need to make all your own visa and travel arrangements. If you can’t sit the examination because you can’t arrange things like visas or travel, we’ll treat you as having withdrawn, and you will have to pay withdrawal fees.
You need to provide proof of identity, usually a passport.
To pass the written examination you must achieve passes (C-) in each of the two papers.
You will receive your results by email as soon as practical. This is usually 10 to 12 weeks after the examination date.
No results will be given by phone or fax.
To appeal a written examination result, you must write to us within four weeks from the date of the results.
You have three years from the date of first sitting the written examination and a maximum of three attempts to pass both the written and clinical parts of the NZDHREX.
If you fail the written examination, you must make another application, and pay a new examination fee.
If you have failed two attempts at the written part of the NZDHREX, we strongly recommend you undertake a course of re-training before you sit it for the third and final time.