The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is the required aptitude test for dental school admissions. Successful participation in the Dental Admission Testing Program requires completion of at least one year of collegiate education, which should include courses in biology, and general and organic chemistry. Advanced-level biology and physics courses are not required. Applicants should note that test scores are developed in relationship to all candidates participating in the examination and that most applicants complete two or more years of college before taking the examination.
The DAT exam measures general academic aptitude, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability. The test is offered exclusively on computer and consists of a battery of four distinct tests: Survey of Natural Sciences, Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning.
It is suggested that applicants to dental school take the DAT well in advance of intended dental school enrollment. It is suggested that applicants participate in the testing program one year prior to entering dental school.
DAT Program Office 211
East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1840
Chicago, IL 606111-800-621-8099