Entrance Exams

All dental schools have different requirements for admission, but most schools require the completion of the Dental Admission Test (DAT). The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is a standardized exam designed to assess competencies in areas important for success in dental school and a career as a dentist.  There are four sections to the DAT: Survey of the Natural Sciences (including biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry), Perceptual Ability Test, Reading Comprehension Test, and Quantitative Reasoning Test. Although coursework in physics is required for admission to dental school, physics is not a subject covered by the DAT.

If you plan to go straight into dental school after you complete your senior year of college you should plan to take the DAT in the summer after your junior year at the latest, so that dental schools will be able to review your completed applications by late summer and offer you interviews for early fall.

A fundamental way to begin to prepare for the DAT is to review the content of the exam.  Review the concepts and ask yourself if you are familiar with them. You should prepare intensively through taking repeated practice DAT exams. Students should familiarize themselves in particular with the perceptual ability problems that are included on the DAT.

You may take the DAT up to three times (in order to take it more than three times applicants must apply for special permission). You must wait 90 days between exam dates.