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What is the DAT?

The DAT (Dental Admission Test) is a standardized test that is necessary for admission to all Dental schools in the United States. The DAT is a computer-based, multiple choice exam that takes 5 hours and 15 minutes to complete with breaks included.

When Should I take the DAT?

The DAT is a content-based exam, so the best time to take it is after you have completed your pre-dental prerequisites. This means taking the test after you have completed Introductory Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biology. For most students, this means taking the exam after their Junior or Senior years, but the true best time to take it is when you are fully confident with all of the content tested!

What is on the DAT?

The DAT is divided into four different content sections.

  • Survey of the Natural Sciences (100 multiple choice questions)
    • Biology (40 test questions)
    • Chemistry (30 test questions)
    • Organic Chemistry (30 test questions)
  • Perceptual Ability Test (90 multiple choice questions)
    • In this section, you are asked to answer questions that require you to think about and manipulate objects in 3 dimensional space.
  • Reading Comprehension (50 multiple choice questions)
    • This section tests your ability to read and answer questions on a variety of science focused passages.
  • Quantitative Reasoning (40 multiple choice questions)
    • This section tests your ability to answer Algebra and Geometry focused questions in a short amount of time.

When and where is the DAT administered?

The DAT can be taken almost any day of the year at one of the hundreds of Prometric testing centers located throughout the United States. It is best to register for your test date at least a month before you intend on sitting for the exam, as you can always change the date if you feel unprepared!

How do I prepare for the DAT?

This is where Foley Prep can step in to help! The DAT exam generally requires 200-300 hours of dedicated studying. While this may seem terrifying, the first step to conquering this exam is to set up a study plan with Foley Prep. The Summer is a fantastic time to focus on this exam, as you want to have as much uninterrupted study time as possible. Due to the breadth of the content on the exam, we can help you learn the most high-yield topics and understand everything you need to get the score you desire!

Why work with Foley Prep to prepare for these exams?

I’m so very glad you asked? My name is Zack Weiss, and I am a Foley Prep Pro. I have taken both the MCAT and the DAT, and scored in the 99th percentile for both of these exams. Having been through the grueling process of taking the DAT and the MCAT, I know exactly the type of content and questions that appear for both, and I can help you focus your studying and understand everything you need to know to achieve the score of your dreams!
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