The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice test, required for admission to all U.S. dental schools as well as many international universities. It is a computer-based test administered by Prometric in behalf of the American Dental Association (ADA).
The test is about five hours long, covers 240 multiple-choice questions, and is divided into four sections: Survey of the Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry), Reading Comprehension, Perceptual Ability and Quantitative Reasoning.
Survey of Natural Sciences
100 Biology, Inorganic Chemistry and Organic Chemistry questions written over a 90 minute period
Perceptual Ability Test (PAT)
90 questions that cover aperture passing, orthographic projection, angle discrimination, paper folding, cubes and form development written over a 90 minute period
50 questions that cover the ability to find main idea, the ability to process information and the ability to read and understand dense passages written over a 50 minute period
40 questions that cover such topics as Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry written over a 45 minute period
The current fee is $175.00. To register to take the DAT exam and to obtain the necessary application forms, requests may be submitted in writing to:
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
Or contact your university or college for more information.