DAT: Dental Admission Test
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Required for students applying for admission to all dental
schools in the United States.
The DAT consists of approximately 280 multiple-choice questions. You
will have approximately four and one-half hours to complete the text
(including a short rest break about halfway through the test). The
DAT is divided into separate sections, each of which is timed
separately. During the time allowed for each section, you will be
permitted to work only on that section. You will not be allowed to
go back to earlier sections or on to later sections. There are four
content areas measured by the DAT:
The Survey of the Natural Sciences:
Includes Cell and Molecular Biology; Biological Organization and
Relationship of Major Taxa; Structure and Function of Vertebrate
Systems; Developmental Biology; Genetics; Evolution, Ecology, and
Behavior. There are approximately 40 questions in this section.
Includes Stoichiometry; Gases; Liquids and Solids; Solutions; Acids
and Bases; Chemical Equilibria; Thermodynamics and Thermochemistry;
Chemical Kinetics; Oxidation-Reduction Reactions; Atomic and
Molecular Structure; Periodic Properties; Nuclear Reactions;
Laboratory. There are approximately 30 questions in this section.
Includes Mechanisms (Energetics, Structure, and Stability of
Intermediates); Chemical and Physical Properties of Molecules and
Organic Analysis; Stereochemistry; Nomenclature; Reactions of the
Major Functional Groups and Combinations of Reactions to Synthesize
Compounds; Acid-base Chemistry; Aromatics and Bonding. There are
approximately 30 questions in this section.
Total: 100 Questions in 90 minutes.
The Perceptual Ability
section includes angle discrimination, form development cubes,
orthographic projections, apertures, and paper folding. There are
approximately 90 questions in this section. 60 minute time limit.
The Reading Comprehension
section measures ability to read, organize, analyze, and remember
new information in dental and basic sciences. There are three
reading passages and approximately 50 questions in this section. 60
minute time limit.
The Quantitative Reasoning
section covers algebra, numerical calculations, conversions,
probability and statistics, geometry, trigonometry and applied
mathematics problems. There are approximately 40 questions in this
section. 45 minute time limit.
Official DAT information
The DAT is administered on computer throughout the United States and
its territories. The DAT is not offered in foreign countries. The
Written DAT is NO longer administered. Candidates may be scheduled
for the Computerized DAT on almost any date. There are no
application deadlines. Once a DAT application is received in the
Department of Testing Services and found acceptable, a notice will
be sent to the candidate that he or she can schedule an appointment
with Sylvan. 90 Days must lapse before a candidate is eligible for
At scheduled testing centers listed in the 2003 Information Booklet.
How to Apply:
Obtain an Application and Preparation Materials packet from the
Office of Biomedical Professions. Send the completed application and
fee to the Dental Admission Testing Program.
The application fee is $160 (money order or certified check). A DAT
tutorial is available for $10 (money order or certified check) from
the Department of Testing Services.