Apply to take the Dental Admission Test (DAT®)

Take the DAT exam in the spring of your junior year of undergrad study, or in the summer between your junior and senior years. Submit your application 60 to 90 days before you intend to take the exam.

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 DAT 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 DAT application 

Before you apply, review the official DAT Candidate Guide (PDF) to learn about exam 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.

Start by obtaining a DENTPIN®. Your DENTPIN is the unique identifier for all your dental testing needs. If you have previously applied to take a dental exam, you must use your existing DENTPIN. Request a DENTPIN. Once you have your DENTPIN, use it to sign in and start or complete your DAT application.

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 DAT 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 DAT 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. Please check your spam folder before contacting the Department of Testing Services for assistance.

Additional DAT Resources

If you have applied to test (or taken a test), retrieve your existing DENTPIN. 
Review what you need to know and what to bring with you on test day.
See the texts subject matter experts referenced while writing the exam.
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In this report learn how research is used to update the DAT general chemistry section.