The DAT (Dental Admission Test)
Note: This page describes the
DAT used in U.S. dental school
admissions. Canadian schools use a different test. For more
information on the Canadian Dental Aptitude Test, see the
Canadian Dental Association Web site.
The American Dental Association (ADA), through Prometric Testing Centers.
The Dental Admissions Test is given only in the United States.
By mail: Submit the mail
registration form found in the ADA's Dental
Admission Testing Program booklet.
You can get a copy of the booklet from
your predental advisor or by writing to:
The Dental Admission Testing Program
211 East Chicago
Avenue, 6th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60611
The booklet includes a mail registration form.
You can schedule a
DAT almost any day of the year. Allow about a week between the
time you submit your application and the time the ADA authorizes Prometric Testing Centers to let you take
the test. You can retake the DAT as many times as you wish. You have to wait 90 days between tests.
Length: Approximately 4 and 1/4
hours, including a 15-minute break.
You will receive a candidate's copy of your score report at
the end of the test. Official score reports will be sent to the
schools you are applying to within 3 weeks of your test date.
Your report will show a total test score as well as subscores
for the test's four academic sections (natural sciences, perceptual
ability, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning) and
for three science subjects (biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry).
Each DAT scores range from 1 (low) to 30 (high). A score of 17 is average.
Average DAT Scores
for students accepted to:
|Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Acad Average - 22.2
Total Science - 22
|University of the Pacific (Dugoni)
||Acad Average – 21
Total Science – 21
Perceptual Ability – 19
|Oregon Health & Science University
School of Dentistry
Acad Average – 19.37
Total Science – 19.67
Perceptual ability – 17.57
University of Connecticut
School of Dental Medicine
||Average DAT scores – 20
|Tufts University School of Dental
||Acad Average - 18.21
Total Science - 17.97
Perceptual Ability - 17.32
||Average DAT scores – 21