Dental Assistant

Pre-Employment Tests For Dental Assistants

Top Skills and Abilities:

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Active Listening
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Near Vision

Top 3 Tasks:

  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures.
  • Record treatment information in patient records.
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.


Though their specific duties vary state to state, all dental assistants have one thing one common: their responsibility is to assist dentists in performing procedures. This includes sterilizing instruments and maintaining a clean and organized area around the patient. They also teach patients how to properly care for their teeth and make sure they are comfortable before, during, and after the procedure. Some facilities may also have dental assistants perform clerical duties in the front office. A calm, trustworthy demeanor is helpful in soothing nervous patients. Depending on the state that they work in, dental assistants may also be authorized to take the patient blood pressure and help in the application of anesthesia.


The requirements to become a dental assistant vary from state to state. Some states require certification and successful completion of an exam. Other states do not have such requirements; dental assistants in these areas learn on the job or at a community college. Job opportunities are expected to grow more than 19% through 2026 as dental health awareness increases and a large portion of the population reaches senior status.

Assessments for Dental Assistants

Hundreds of dental practices use Criteria Corp's pre-employment tests to help them find the most qualified dental assistants. Personality tests such as the Employee Personality Profile (EPP) are used to help select dental assistants who will have cooperative, patient-friendly personalities. Communication and attention to detail are also important traits to measure to evaluate job readiness, and to do so, the Criteria Cognitive Aptitude Test (CCAT) is commonly used. 

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Source: U.S. Department of Labor


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