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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.

Administered by: 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.

Test dates:

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.

Fee: $170

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 Medicine   Acad Average - 18.21
Total Science - 17.97
Perceptual Ability - 17.32

Columbia University   Average DAT scores – 21

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