Apply to take the Advanced Dental Admission Test (ADAT)

Submit your application for the ADAT at least 60 days before you intend to take it.  

Policies and Procedures Supporting Fairness

Fairness in testing is of vital importance, and is in fact fundamental to an examination’s validity. Fairness considerations are embedded throughout the ADAT program, affecting every aspect of how this examination is constructed, administered, scored, and reported.  The Fairness document provided below shares additional details of interest:

Policies and Procedures Supporting Fairness (PDF)

Tips for your ADAT application

Before you apply, review the official ADAT Candidate Guide (PDF) to learn about test content, fees, scoring, waivers, and more. As part of the application, you must verify that you agree to the rules and regulations outlined in the Candidate Guide.

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

Make sure to use a consistent name. When inputting your name, use the name as it appears on your official government issued identification, such as a driver’s license or passport. When you arrive at the test center, the name on the IDs you present must match exactly the name on your application or you will be denied admission to test. If you are denied admission, you will need to submit a new application and you will forfeit your previous fee.

The ADAT program provides reasonable and appropriate testing accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. These accommodations occur for individuals with documented disabilities or medical conditions who demonstrate a need for accommodation, request an accommodation prior to testing, and who are approved.  All testing accommodation requests must be submitted electronically by signing in with your DENTPIN and password. Any testing accommodation request(s) that was submitted via email before April 8, 2024, will still be accepted, and reviewed per the process at the time of submission. Please refer to the ADAT Candidate Guide (PDF) for more information about the procedure for submitting a request for testing accommodations, including acceptable forms of documentation.

Confirm your eligibility before scheduling your test. Before you can schedule your test, you must receive eligibility confirmation from the Department of Testing Services. This confirmation will arrive via email. Processing times differ depending on whether you are a current student or graduate. Please check your spam folder before contacting the Department of Testing Services for assistance. 

If you are a student attending a nonaccredited dental education program, download and complete the Certification of Eligibility (PDF) and mail the original document to the address stated on the form.

Use your existing DENTPIN®. If you have previously taken any dental admission test or national board dental examination, you already have a DENTPIN! Use this existing DENTPIN to submit your application. Manage your DENTPIN or create a new one.  Once you have your DENTPIN, use it to sign in and start your ADAT application.


If you have applied to test (or taken a test), retrieve your existing DENTPIN. 
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