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 ~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, analyze them, and compare with personal coursework. Preparation should include repeated practice DAT exams, available in book and CD form, and repeated studying of personal 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 various test centers. Students must apply to take the DAT. If approved, students receive an e-mail informing you to schedule a date at one of their nearby test centers.
Immediately upon completing the DAT an unofficial score report is recieved. Our office can use this unoffical score in the UAH committee letter process, but official scores will still need to be sent to the appropriate places, which may take 3-4 weeks.
Many students take the DAT the Spring semester of their Junior year.
Students must wait at least 90 days between testing dates. Keep this in mind when planning on when to take the exam.
Many programs have "rolling admission" deadlines; meaning seats at their school begin to be filled as soon as their application cycle opens. It becomes crucial to apply early.
Making an appointment with the Pre-Health Advisor is crucial before taking the DAT.
Apply to take the DAT