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Manual Dexterity Task 11
Using the pair of scissors and single sheet of plain paper provided, cut out replicas of the shapes shown below on the example shape sheet. Please note, you are not permitted to cut or write on the example shape sheet.
Excellent Candidate Approach
Key Tip: This task requires precision, a skill that is imperative in complex surgical procedures as well as an awareness of limited resources given the number of shapes required and only one single piece of paper. Excellent candidates will note the presence of a pen/pencil in this station (which will not be mentioned in the instructions!) and will use the example sheet as a template (placing the plain piece of paper over the example shapes and redrawing each of the shapes) before cutting out the re-drawn shapes from the paper provided.
The 4 Cs of Manual Dexterity
Calculation – Ensure that you offer a calculated, planned approach rather than rushing into the task. This is best accomplished by:
- Taking 30 seconds to review the instructions provided before commencing the task
- Ensuring that you have a good understanding of the end target/requirement
Composure – Stay calm and always remember - if you are finding the task challenging, so are other applicants. More important than completing the task successfully, is demonstrating composure and calmness akin to a qualified dentist and this is what interviewers will be monitoring closely.
Co-ordination – Manual Dexterity tasks often test hand-eye co-ordination; ensure that you practice a wide range of manual dexterity tasks prior to your dentistry interviews.
Communication – Approximately one-third of manual dexterity stations will have another participant/actor in the room. In these stations, it is advised to communicate your actions/steps taken to better demonstrate your structured approach