The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is the primary test used by dental schools as selection criteria for applicants to their program. Operated by Prometric, the computer-based test may be scheduled at any Prometric test center across the country. (For a listing of Prometric locations, either visit the Prometric website or call 800-688-5804.)
While test centers offer the DAT year-round, that fact does not ensure that you will be able to schedule your first choice. In order to ensure that you can reserve a convenient test time and date, Prometric advises that tests be scheduled three months in advance. This does not include the application to take the test, which must be conducted through the American Dental Association.
There are three components to a request for special accommodations and all must be submitted together:
- A completed Test Accommodation Request Form
- Supporting documentation (i.e., medical reports completed within the last five years)
- The application to take the DAT test.
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The Dental Admission Test is scheduled as follows:
- Optional Tutorial* – 15 minutes
- Survey of Natural Sciences – 90 minutes
- Perceptual Ability Test – 60 minutes
- Optional Break** – 15 minutes
- Reading Comprehension Test – 60 minutes
- Quantitative Reasoning Test – 45 minutes
- Optional Post Test Survey – 15 minutes
* The optional tutorial allows the examinee some time to adjust to the computer controls. At any time, you may move on to the first section.
** During the optional break, you can walk out of the test room but you must remain in the test center. Small lockers are generally available for storage of personal items.
Before sending the application to the ADA, you must attest that you have read and understand the Guide to the DAT, which provides an overview of the test, detailing the fees ($265 for the test) and other necessary information, such as test regulation, ethics, the partial fee waiver, and so forth.