Originally developed in 1945, the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) was designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information and perceptual ability of future dentists. Since then, hundreds of thousands of dentists have survived this test, and you will too! Here are three things to make sure you do before taking the test.
1. Submit your application three months before your desired test date
Decide when you want to sit for the DAT, and then apply for it 60-90 days prior. Please note that before you can apply to take the DAT or apply for admission to a dental school, you must obtain a DENTPIN®. Learn more about DENTPIN®.
2. Read the guide. The whole thing!
Make sure to check out the 2018 DAT Program Guide. It features all kinds of useful info, including test content, score information and eligibility requirements.
3. Complete DAT Practice Tests
The DAT program offers practice tests with questions written by actual DAT test constructors! They feature the types of questions and question formats used in the actual test, and will mirror the actual test specifications (although some modules/sections have fewer items than the actual test). Learn more about DAT Practice Tests.
~American Dental Association
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