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.