All applicants for admission must have taken the Dental Admission Test (DAT) within three years of application. Applicants for the 2018 entering class must have taken the DAT no earlier than September 1, 2014 and no later than September 30, 2017 to be eligible for the current admissions cycle.
Prospective students may take the computerized DAT anytime during the year at a Prometric test center. After taking the exam, an applicant must wait 90 days before scheduling a retake. However, each candidate may only take the test a total of three times before having to ask for special permission for a fourth opportunity. The cost for each exam is $445.
Registration for the DAT can only be done through the American Dental Association (ADA). For further information visit the ADA website http://www.ada.org/dat.aspx or write to:
Dental Admission Testing Program
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
Chicago, Illinois 60611
or call 1-800-232-1694
The American Dental Association's Department of Testing Services has recently published the 2012 Program Guide, offering assistance for the DAT test-takers. The Program Guide includes information on the history of the testing program, test content, test construction procedures, and the scoring and evaluation of the test. Program Guide.