The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is a standardized exam administered through the American Dental Association. This test measures general academic ability and comprehension of four basic areas for success in dental school and in the industry:
- Survey of the Natural Sciences (including biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry) (90 min),
- Perceptual Ability Test (60 min),
- Reading Comprehension Test (60 min),
- and Quantitative Reasoning Test (45 min),
Although coursework in physics is required for admission to dental school, physics is not a subject covered by the DAT. The exam runs at about 5 hours, including breaks. Check out the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) Guide to read more details about this exam.
One way to prepare for the DAT is to review the content of the exam (go to the DAT Guide and scroll to the "Test Specifications" at the end of the document). Review the concepts and honestly analyze them to see if you are familiar with them. You should prepare intensively and honestly. Preparation should include repeated practice DAT exams, available in book and CD form, and repeated studying of your own strengths and weaknesses. Students should familiarize themselves in particular with the perceptual ability problems included on the DAT.
Timing & Testing
The DAT is administered year round at test centers operated by Prometric Test Centers. Students must apply to take the DAT. If your application is approved, you receive an e-mail informing you to visit Prometric to schedule a date at one of their nearby test centers. Click here to find the nearest center.
Immediately upon completing the DAT you will receive an unofficial score report at the test center. We can use this unoffical score in our UAH process, but you will need to make sure your official scores are sent to the appropriate places. It may take 3-4 weeks from the date you take your DAT for your scores to be reported, verified, and transmitted to ADEA AADSAS.
Many students take the DAT the Spring semester of their Junior year, however, because Physics is not required for this exam, you may consider taking it much earlier than this.
Students must wait at least 90 days between testing dates. Keep this in mind when planning on when to take the exam. Take it early enough so you can retake the exam before it is too late.
Many programs have "rolling admission" deadlines, or "early decision"; meaning they begin to fill spots as soon as their application cycle opens. This means, the longer you wait, the less spots available for you to claim. So, apply early.
Register/Apply for DAT if you are ready.