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Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

The Council on Dental Education of the American Dental Association (ADA), in cooperation with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), has developed a nationwide dental aptitude testing program.

A battery of aptitude tests is administered at over 500 locations in the United States and Puerto Rico. These tests are also given in foreign countries by special arrangement.

All applicants are required to take the US DAT as part of the application process. The Canadian DAT is no longer accepted.

The DAT is administered only at the Sylvan Technologies Centers and solely by computer.

We recommend that applicants take the test no later than September 15th. Applications lacking official scores as of the October 15th deadline will be cancelled. Test scores over two years old will not be accepted.

See Application Procedures for more information.

Please click here to obtain more information about the test.

All applicants must have Minimum DAT scores of 17 in the Total Science and Academic Average sections of the test.