Dental Admission Test

About the DAT

Why take the DAT? The DAT is required by the majority of dental schools and, in conjunction with the student's academic record, is used to identify qualified applicants. This multiple-choice, computer-based test measures natural science understanding, perceptual ability, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning.

Important Notes

You can only take the DAT once every 90 days, and no more than three times overall.

You must create a DENTPIN (Dental Personal Identifier Number) before you can complete the application to register for the DAT.

It is recommended that you have completed biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry before taking the DAT. Test takers should consider taking the DAT at least one year before you want to begin dental school.

Test Sections

Survey of Natural Sciences

  • Questions: 100
  • Minutes: 90
  • Score: 1-30
  • Topics Covered: Biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry

Perceptual Ability Test

  • Questions: 90
  • Minutes: 60
  • Score: 1-30
  • Topics Covered: Apertures, angle discrimination, cube counting, 3D form development, paper folding, & view recognition

Reading Comprehension

  • Questions: 50
  • Minutes: 60
  • Score: 1-30
  • Topics Covered: The Reading Comprehension Test contains three reading passages
    on various scientific topics. Prior understanding of the science topics is not a prerequisite to answering the test items. The reading passages require the ability to read, comprehend, and thoroughly analyze basic scientific information.

Quantitative Reasoning

  • Questions: 40
  • Minutes: 45
  • Score: 1-30
  • Topics Covered: Algebra, fractions, decimals, percentages, probability & stats, geometry, trigonometry & word problem