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Step 1: Read the DAT Guide

Please review the Guide, specifically the Eligibility Requirements, Rules of Conduct, Test Regulations, Irregularities/Appeals, Testing Procedures, Testing Checklist and Frequently Asked Questions.   

During the application process you will be asked to confirm that you have read the Guide and agree to the rules and regulations contained within the document. Examinees are responsible for understanding the information contained within the Guide. Examinees that violate test rules or regulations may have their test scores voided and have to wait up to two years to retest.        

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    Step 2: Obtain a DENTPIN® and Apply to take the Test (No Refund)  

    The name on your IDs must match exactly with the name on your application. If the name on your application and your IDs do not match exactly, you will be denied admission to testing and, as a result, forfeit your scheduled testing appointment and your application fee. You will be required to submit a new application.

    Before you can apply to take the DAT or apply for admission to a dental school, you must obtain a DENTPIN. Click here for more information on DENTPIN®.

    Testing fees are non-refundable and non-transferable (no exceptions). Your credit card will be charged when you submit your application.

    Electronic Notification of DAT Eligibility  

    Upon processing of an examinee's DAT application, examinees will receive an e-mail notification of eligibility for testing and instructions for appointment scheduling. (Please check your Spam folder if unable to locate the notification, especially for Hotmail, Gmail, and Yahoo accounts.)

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    Step 3: Schedule a Time to Take the Test

    You must apply to take the test with the ADA and receive your eligibility letter prior to scheduling your testing appointment with Prometric. Tests are administered year-round at Prometric Test Centers in the United States, it's territories including Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada.

    Advanced Scheduling

    To increase the likelihood you will receive your first choice of date, time and location, you should schedule 60 to 90 days before the desired test date. Please remember, you may schedule your testing appointment with Prometric only upon receipt of your eligibility letter.

    Rescheduling Testing Appointments

    Rescheduling your testing appointment will result in a rescheduling fee.

    A candidate who wishes to reschedule his or her testing appointment must contact Prometric in advance of the testing appointment and pay a fee directly to Prometric.  The fee schedule is as follows:

    Rescheduling Fees 

     $100     One to five business days prior to the testing appointment 
     $60  Six to 30 business days prior to the testing appointment
     $25      31+ business days prior to the testing appointment

    **Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays are NOT business days**

    Appointments can be rescheduled by calling 800.688.5804 or through www.prometric.com.  Leaving a message for a local test center is not sufficient; the local test center cannot schedule, reschedule, or cancel your appointment. 

    Canceling Testing Appointments

    If you cancel your testing appointment and do not schedule another exam within six months, the cancelation will result in a complete forfeiture of your examination fee (as noted in Step 2 above, examination fees are nonrefundable).

    Test Preparation Material

    The Dental Admission Testing Program does not endorse any commercial test preparation courses and has no information on the content or efficacy of test preparation courses designed to prepare examinees to take the DAT. The Department of Testing Services urges individuals considering participating in test preparation courses to review carefully the course materials to ensure that they reflect the current content of the DAT.

    The DAT program offers a complete DAT Practice Test. The DAT Practice Test is available in both a Web-based and print format; both are the 2009 edition. The Web-based is a timed test (four hours and 30 minutes in length) which reflects the actual DAT testing time. If the time expires before you complete the DAT Practice Test, it must be purchased again. Immediately upon conclusion of the practice test, the test-taker will receive a printout of the number of correct answers (raw scores). The report includes the total number of items as well as the number of correct responses (raw scores) for each of the four tests and the three sections (biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry) under the Survey of Sciences (SNS).

    Test-takers are encouraged to review the DAT Tutorial (located under Step 4) before taking the DAT. The tutorial provides some sample items and information about navigating through the test.

    Before you purchase the Web-based DAT Practice Test, review general information about the test. Then, click on the link below and submit the appropriate fee with a valid credit card. Download Prometric's recommended computer system requirements here.

    To purchase the print format DAT Practice Test, complete the PDF form below and submit the appropriate fee with a money order or certified check.

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    Step 4: Take the Test at a Prometric Test Center

    Prometric Test Centers begin replacing current markers and dry erase boards with laminated note boards and low-odor fine tip permanent markers as supplies are depleted. Erasers will not be provided; however, examinees will receive two laminated note boards and two permanent markers. Examinees may raise their hand to notify the  proctor for additional note boards and markers.

    As noted in Step 2 above: The name on your IDs must match exactly with the name on your application. If the name on your application and your IDs do not match exactly, you will be denied admission to testing and, as a result, forfeit your scheduled testing appointment and your application fee. You will be required to submit a new application.

    Examinees who experience concerns about scheduling issues, testing conditions, or any unresolved problem should inform the Test Administrator before leaving the test center and record this information in the appropriate section of the post-test survey. For issues requiring further action, examinees must contact the Dental Admission Testing Program within five business days of the testing appointment. 

    Tutorial

    The link below provides online access to the DAT Tutorial and a preview of the DAT format.

    Helpful Prometric Links

  • Prometric Privacy Policy  
  • Prometric Frequently Asked Questions
     
    Prometric Biometric Enabled Check-In

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    Step 5: Score Reports  

    All U.S. dental schools require official DAT scores for each examinee.  Official scores are reported electronically to the dental schools you select on your DAT application. When you select dental schools to receive your official scores, you grant the Department of Testing Services permission to release your official scores to the dental schools you selected on your DAT application.

    Additionally, when you select dental schools on your DAT application that participate in a standardized application service (ADEA AADSAS or TMDSAS), the Department of Testing Services will report your official scores to the application services. If your DAT application has no dental schools selected, then you have not granted permission to the Department of Testing Services to release your official scores and your official scores will not be forwarded to the standardized application services. 

    Schools selected at the time of application are included in the DAT fee regardless of the number of schools selected. You can also request that a score report be sent to your predental advisor at no charge at the time of application. The Department of Testing Services will accept updates to the schools you selected if you submit the update prior to your testing appointment. To update your selections, complete the form below under Addtional Score Reports.

    At the completion of your testing appointment, you will receive an unofficial score report at the Prometric Testing Center. Your test responses are audited for accuracy before official scores are reported to the dental schools requested on your DAT application.

    Beginning in 2012, the unofficial score report provided at Prometric Test Centers will include standard scores only. The percentile information will no longer be computed or reported. This change means that the score report information provided at Prometric Test Centers will be consistent with the scoring information received by dental schools, AADSAS and TMDSAS.

    Please retain the unofficial report given to you at the Prometric Test Center; otherwise you must pay for an additional copy.  

    Additional Score Reports    

    When you request an additional score report for dental schools and other institutions, an official score report is sent. When you request an additional score report for yourself, you will receive an unofficial score report. There is a fee as noted in the DAT Guide for each report. Processing of additional score report requests requires approximately four weeks. Designate where to send an additional score report on the electronic form below. 

    To have your examination results audited, complete the form below and submit the appropriate fee:

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    Purpose of the Test

    The testing program is designed to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, and perceptual ability. While all dental schools require examinees to participate in the Dental Admission Testing Program, test results are only one factor considered in evaluating the admission potential of an examinee.

    Contact Information
    ADA Department of Testing Services
    211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 600
    Chicago, IL 60611
    800-232-1694
    Email:  datexam@ada.org 

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