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Manual Dexterity Task 14
There is a board with holes present on the table, alongside a bag of small cylinders. In one minute, you are required to put as many of the cylinders in these holes, a task that mimics the Minnesota Manual Dexterity Test. In the remaining time, the examiner will ask you about the additional skills you possess that would make you a good Dentist.
Excellent Candidate Approach
Key Tip: In addition to manual dexterity, there are many qualities required in dentistry. For example, teamwork is essential, as you will frequently be liaising with professionals such as dental nurses and anaesthetists.
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