The American Dental Association (ADA) administers the Dental Admission Test (DAT). You must take the DAT in order to gain admission to a college of dentistry. Many Prometric Test Centers offer the DAT, but your application must be approved before you can schedule your test. You will receive notification via email. Once your application is accepted, you have 12 months to schedule your testing appointment. If you do not test within that time period, you must resubmit your application and start the process again.
- Your DAT score informs colleges of your general ability in academics, your perceptual ability, as well as your knowledge of science specific information. In order to meet eligibility requirements, you should have completed at least two years of study in the liberal arts.
- However, most examinees complete three or more years of college prior to taking the DAT. Your college courses should include courses in biology and general and organic chemistry.
- The DAT consists of four main sections: survey of natural sciences, perceptual ability test, reading comprehension test, and quantitative reasoning test. The actual test takes 4 hours and 15 minutes to complete, but with instructions, break, and survey, the entire process takes up to five hours and 15 minutes.
- On this test, you are not penalized for guessing, so you should answer every question.
Before you can register to take the DAT and receive a DATE score, you need a DENTPIN. A DENTPIN is a way of identifying applicants in the dental field. You can obtain a DENTPIN at the following website:http://www.ada.org/dentpin.aspx.
You can take the DAT up to three times, but you must wait at least 90 days between exams. If you have already taken the test three times, you must fill out a special application to gain permission to take the test again.
The DAT costs $445. This fee includes an official DAT score reported to the dentistry schools of your choice. You can also elect to send results to your pre-dental advisor. In addition, upon test completion, you also will receive an unofficial copy of your DAT score for yourself at the testing site on the day of your test.
Dental schools receive reports containing standard DAT scores, not raw scores or percentile scores. Standard scores range from 1 to 30, and 18 is the national average.