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DAT - Dental Admission Test

Dental Admission Test - DAT

If you intend to apply for a dental school then have to consider the preparation for the Dental Admission Test (DAT). Take the DAT at least a year prior to seeking admission to dental school.


    For over 60 years the Dental Admission Test measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information and perceptual ability through a computerized test conducted by the American Dental Association (ADA) and operated by Prometric Test Centers. Its score is merely a formality in the admission process.

    However, each Faculty of Dentistry has its own Admission Committee and it uses the score in relation to the registration of the university to assess if the applicant has the academic foundation upon which to build a successful dental career. Therefore, as higher is the applicants' score, as more positive impact the applicant will have on the dental school to which postulates.

    In conclusion, the DAT is designed to provide dental schools a common idea used to compare the qualifications of applicants.


        Complete at least one year of college education.
        Finish Biology, General Chemistry and Organic Chemisty subjects, keep in mind that is not requirement having an advanced level in Biology or Physics.
        Take the DAT program before to enroll in the Dental Admission Test


    The preparation process for DAT is very important, and above all, it should start at least one year before you have decided to take it, as same as the materials. The materials are sold by the American Dental Association; you should buy it if you want to raise you score, especially the perception portion.
    Furthermore, for the sections of Biology, Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, the MCAT study guides provided by Kaplan are sufficient for many applicants. So, if you know somebody who had these guides, ask them to borrow their guides when they finish.

    Practice simple reading biological articles about Scientifics American or Science for the reading section. Finally, for the Math section practice by studying from a Test Prep Math guide. To complement your preparation use books and software and take into account that the American Dental Association consider some sample questions for DAT.


    The test is realized on the computer and consists of a four tests: Survey of the Natural Sciences, Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Reasoning.

Survey of Natural Sciences 90 minutes 100 questions •  Biology (40 questions)
•  General Chemistry (30 questions)
•  Organic Chemistry (30 questions)
Perceptual Ability Test (PCAT) 60 minutes 90 questions •  Apertures
•  View recognition
•  Angle discrimination
•  Paper folding
•  Cube counting
•  3D form development
Reading Comprehension Test (RCT) 60 minutes 50 questions Ability to absorb information of the three reading passages on scientific topics, finding the main idea, and ability to keep track of information, comprehending and analyzing to give the right answer.
Quantitative Reasoning Test (QRT) 45 minutes 40 questions Comprises these sections and you can use the basic calculator on the computer screen.
•  Algebra (Mathematical problems)
•  Numerical calculations
•  Conversions
•  Probability and Statistics
•  Geometry
•  Trigonometry
•  Applied Mathematics (Word) problems


Requirements & Accomodation
 DAT Scores
The DAT is scored on a scale of 1 to 30, but it is not a linear scoring system and the average DAT score for accepted applicants can change in every school.
 Requirements & Accomodations
During the application process, the applicants have to read the DAT guide, understand the whole information and agree with the regulations and rules.
Application & Appointment
Rules & Procedures
 Application & Appointment
Prometric Test Centers are in charge to administer DAT test, once the person's application is approved, he/she receives information for making the test.
 Rules & Procedures
The DAT is established by principles or testing Rules and Regulations that ensure that non examinee receives unfair advantage on the test.