Certified Dietary Manager Practice Test

The Certified Dietary Manager Exam measures your ability to ensure food safety, make purchases, create and implement menus that meet the nutritional needs of patients or customers, and handle other tasks associated with a dietary manager.


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When Can I Register for the Certified Dietary Manager Exam?

You can only register for the exam after receiving an approval to test. In order to receive approval, you need to establish that you have met certain eligibility criteria. That can be one of five ways:

    • Graduate from an ANFP (Association of Nutrition & Food Service Professionals) approved program
    • Graduate from a two- or four-year college with a degree in an approved field (nutrition, food service management, hotel restaurant management).
    • Graduate from a comprehensive food service course (at least 90 hours) AND have at least 2 years of institutional food service management experience.
    • Graduate from a classroom/online ANFP-approved foodservice manager training program while having 2 years of foodservice management experience.
    • Current and former members of US Military who have graduated from an approved military food service training program.
    • Graduate from a two- or four-year college with a degree in an unapproved field but with at least 5 years of institutional foodservice management experience and some related course work.

Once approved, you need to schedule an appointment within 90 days of the date you received your approval notice. The test is offered continuously throughout the year and is available at over 200 test locations across the United States. You should have no problem getting an appointment and location that are convenient for you.

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Which Subjects Do I Need to Know for the Test?

The 160 questions you will see on the test are divided into five different content areas:

    • Nutrition
    • Foodservice
    • Personnel & Communications
    • Sanitation & Safety
    • Business Operations

Each question is geared toward knowledge or processes within that content area that you would actually need to know on the job.

So whether you have actual work experience or you have adequate training that makes you eligible to take the exam, you should have already learned most of what you will see on the test. With that in mind, you do still need to spend some time studying to refresh your memory and make sure you perform your best on this test.

What Will Test Day Be Like?

While there are 160 questions altogether, only 140 of those questions will actually count toward your score. Since you won’t know which questions are unscored, you still need to do your best to answer correctly on all 160.

The questions are all going to be multiple choice, and you will have a total of three hours to get through all of them. So make sure you learn how to manage your time wisely.

When you arrive at the testing location, make sure you have two forms of photo ID. At least one of these needs to be a valid, government-issued ID such as a driver’s license, state ID, or passport.

How Is the Exam Scored?

The exam is scored using a scaled system that adjusts your raw score (the actual number of questions you answered correctly) according to the relative difficulty of the questions you answered.

Because the score is scaled in this way, the actual number of questions you need to answer correctly will vary depending on which version of the test you took. For more difficult versions, the minimum number of correct answers could be as low as 98 while easier versions of the test could be as high as 105 out of 140.

You will find out whether you passed immediately after the test. If you are an ANFP (Association of Nutrition and Foodservice Professionals) member, your certification will also become activated instantly once you have passed the exam. If you are not a member, you’ll need to pay an activation fee in order for your certification to become valid.

What Can I Do to Prepare for the Certified Dietary Manager Exam?

You will need to spend at least a couple of weeks preparing for the test by using a well-structured guide like the Mometrix Study Guide. With clear and thorough breakdowns of the most relevant ideas in all five content areas, you’ll easily recall all the information you need to know and fill in any gaps in your knowledge.

You can also make use of their optimized study plan that will help you get the best possible results no matter how little time you have to prepare. Combine that with a set of Mometrix Flashcards to improve important test-taking skills like memorization and instant recall.

The flashcards even include practice questions and detailed answer explanations to help familiarize you with the kinds of questions you’ll see on the test and the kind of logic you’ll have to use to arrive at the correct answers.

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