You need to be prepared for the bench test
before the invitation comes.
In the worse case that you don’t get called this year you’ll use what you practiced the next year. This is a test you’ll need to face and do well at, it’s just a matter of when. But when your time does come you better be ready to show them what you’ve got.
Don’t waste the precious opportunity you worked so hard to get.
Virtual Video Tour
This is good news for the fresh graduates!
But not so much for those with years of experience, but that’s the fact.
So if you’ve practiced for a while please don’t let pride get in your way.
Most fresh-graduates are still in the ‘student mentality’ and often seek out help, whereas dentists with a few years of experience tend to be more resistant to the idea that they need to learn how to cut plastic teeth. The lesson is often learned the hard way – by failing. Don’t let that happen to you.
The Cold Stark Facts (From facts and asking people like you)
Okay this is distressing.
First of all, most applicants have no idea where they stand in the competition in terms of their hand skills.
Second, they’re over-confident. Just learning how to identify mistakes in a preparation is an overlooked skill that you need to learn. Without knowing your mistakes, you’ll likely think you’re better than you really are.
Please pardon me if I’m coming across harsh, but I’ve seen so much.
There was an applicant last year, a female from India, who started crying while we were on the phone. She didn’t pass the bench test. For the school she interviewed at, she had to pass the bench test first to have a in-person interview, and she didn’t make it. She said she practiced really hard and did well on her bench test too. She couldn’t believe it.
When I saw her work it was nothing close what US dental schools were looking for.
She’d practiced for 7 months on her own! She’d shown her work to several friends some who were already in dental school, and they all said she was really good.
Let’s not get into the details of what happened with feedback from her friends, which happens all the time by the way, but seriously, what a waste of time!
Similar scenarios play very often, and it’s heartbreaking.
This test is too important, how long did you prepare to come this far again? And if you mess up an interview you have to start all over again, from CAAPID, and hope you get an interview call again next year.
Don’t do this.
Can you imagine trying to learn a brand new language, lets just say Japanese for convenience, relying on random YouTube videos? You’ll be tested on fluent conversation in just a few months. If everything depended on that one Japanese conversation test, wouldn’t you learn more methodically? Yeah you know how to speak English, but not Japanese.
How does ‘I can practice on my own, it’s just another language and I know how to speak a language, English. How different can it be? I’ll just ask my friends for help’ sound?
Not so hopeful.
Especially when you’re competing against those who’ve worked hard in programs that teach Japanese as a second language, all the time.
It’s all relative you see.
5 Things That Make the Bench Test Mastery Special
Time and Repetition is a Non-Issue
This is big, no it’s Huge.
In mastering a new skill, just like anything else in life, you start from the basics and move towards the advanced. You can’t learn advanced grammar before first learning how to formulate basic sentences. You can try, but it won’t make much sense and nothing will stay remembered, whereas if that complex grammar comes to you at the right time you’ll get the essence and internalize it, now the information is yours. Everyone learns at their own pace, some faster some slower, and repetition is important, it really is like learning a new language.
There are several limitations regarding time and repetition that inherently come with live training courses.
Covering 2 years of material during a live course is challenging. The teacher’s got a lot to go through but can’t just be talking and demoing all day, students need to practice, ask questions, and get feedback. Oh, and there’s a schedule to adhere to, we need to do something different tomorrow because there’s lot’s to cover.
In the midst of all that, where does repetition come in? There’s no room for it, there’s simply not enough time.
It’s 2 years worth of material after-all.
So much of what’s taught gets lost and rather than remembered.
Wouldn’t it be great if you could go back and re-listen and re-watch whatever you need to, whenever you need to?
I thought so too.
Also because everyone’s speed of progression is different, the slower students don’t get to learn the cool advanced stuff before the end of the course. Advanced grammar doesn’t make any sense when the student can’t yet formulate basic questions in Japanese.
The essence of a partial veneer crown can’t be understood unless the student is ready for it. The student may learn how to mimic a 7/8th crown, but the preparation will have crucial mistakes and will scream out ‘I don’t really know what I’m doing and why these features are needed, I just know it looked somewhat like this’.
The graders can tell, it’s obvious. They teach dental students for a living.
This is a non-issue for Bench Test Mastery, repeat as often as you need and take your time to get things right. Perfect the full gold crown first, then move on to the 7/8 crown.
It’s all right there, waiting for you.
Also, the total length for the course of the online course well exceeds 50 tk hours and it’s going up as we add more content – that’s more than 2 days non-stop.
Imagine sitting in a course for 50 hours straight, how much would you retain? Even if it was split into 10 days, 5 hours each, important details will slip, we’re not designed to learn that way.
With Bench Test Mastery, you can come back and repeat as often as you need, a whole segment or just parts of it – you’re not missing out on anything. Every time you go back and repeat you’ll learn more from it, parts that didn’t make sense will start making sense.
Teeth are small, and preparations done on teeth are even smaller. The detail we need is down to tenth of a millimeter.
Dental photography has come a long way, it’s time for videography to change as well. Zooming-in for close-up videos are good, but not sufficient on its own.
So we came up with a way of filming called Zoom-2-View. With Zoom-2-View, not only do we film close-up, we also film from 2 different angles at once, simultaneously.
What does this mean to you?
By showing you 2 views from different angles simultaneously, you get to watch a 2-dimensional video in a 3-dimensional way. It’s also zoomed-in, and you can watch the video full-screen on your laptop or tablet, so you get to see down to the smallest detail how things are done.
Compare this with trying to stare at a tooth as large as your fingernail while a teacher demonstrates, leaning over to see as close as you can while not blocking the teacher’s view.
This used to be the best we could do, but not anymore with Zoom-2-View.
Take a look at this video to get a glimpse of the technology.
Get Feedback on your work, Until you get Accepted
With live trainings you can’t get anymore feedback regarding your work once the class is over.
With Bench Test Mastery we’ve got your back until you get accepted.
Remember the girl that cried on the phone because she didn’t know her work was bad? She failed her bench test despite having practiced really hard for 7 months? Proper feedback and guidance is important.
And on that note, the quality of the feedback you get and who you rely on is also important. Remember she’d gotten feedback from her friends? They all said her work was great.
No I don’t think they were lying, I think they did meant the best and wanted to help. But it takes a lot to grow the eyes to critique other people’s work and guide them, it takes a lot more than performing them.
I see applicant’s work posted on Facebook for feedback a lot, and most of them make me cringe. Not the work itself, but it’s the comments. Well intended people trying to help, but not yet equipped to do so, can end-up doing more harm than good. They end up giving false hope and contributing in over-confidence.
Feedback is crucial to moving forward. It’s so easy to practice without real actually improving. It’s like spinning wheels in the air, a waste of time and energy. And no you won’t get accepted unless your hands are REALLY good.
Here’s a sample feedback video for you to get a taste of it.
The length of each video is different, averaging at about 5 minutes each. Some go over 10 minutes if there’s a lot to talk about. And it doesn’t just point-out the mistakes, it also gives you suggestions and recommendations.
Can you imagine how much faster you’ll improve if you constantly get feedback like this? And it’s not even time-bound, it’s until you get accepted.
That means even if you don’t receive an invitation this year you didn’t waste anything – you practiced,you still have a course and a mentor to work with next year. And you’re way ahead of others.
Not just preparations
Burs, hand cutting instruments, patient positioning, indirect vision, common mistakes, and more
Everything is explained in depth
Burs and Hand Cutting Instruments
Programs are very particular about every aspect of the preparation – shape, depth, width, and angles from all directions, clearance, etc. To meet the specifications they want, we first need to start from what tools to use and why.
Most international dentists have never used hand cutting instruments before. But without one, it’s simply possible to do an ideal cavity preparation. Once you learn how to use them, they’ll become your best friend.
Each bur and hand instrument is picked and used for a reason and purpose, it’s not random. As much as it’s important to know which ones to use, you also need to know why, and learn how to identify them.
In most bench tests programs will provide you with all the tools and material needed, you’re not allowed to bring in your own. You’ll need to know what to use when by looking at the shape of the burs and hand cutting instruments. Oh and not all schools use the exact same things either, so unless you actually know why certain things are used where, you can be thrown off during your test, or worse, use the wrong things and not even know it.
Patient Positioning and Indirect Vision
This is a constant struggle and painpoint for people as they try to pay attention to their posture for the first time.
It’s all covered in Bench Test Mastery. Granted every dentist has their own preferences and there’s no one correct position, but there are boundaries and guidelines that needs to be followed.
Training for indirect vision needs patience, it takes time, but do you know the best way to train for it? There’s a reason preparations get messed up when done through indirect vision, and it would help to understand what it is. We go to the heart of that issue and help you train.
Because of the abundance of time we have during Bench Test Mastery, details are covered more extensively than possible during a live course.
How would you feel if you went to a live course and the teacher spends hours on those things? It all comes back to time, there’s just not enough of it during a live course.
A Price that’s a No-brainer
Dentist’s make $100/hour on average in the U.S. Your time is worth a lot more than you think. Getting into a program as soon as you can is key.
There’s no other course that trains you in the bench test this thoroughly and includes unlimited feedback at this price, not even close.
This is not some recording of live course lectures, the videos are shot specifically for this purpose with Zoom-2-View, a quality that’s unmatched with anything else out there.
That’s not all. Once you enroll, you’re a member until you no longer need the course.
We guarantee we’re best in price and best in the field — Please DO compare us with the competition.
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