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DAT Test Dates and Locations


Applications to take the DAT are available at most colleges, or from the following:

American Dental Association
Department of Testing Services
211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1840
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2678
Phone (312) 440-2689

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5: 00pm (Central Standard Time). Selected information is available from a recording on a 24-hour basis.

Your DAT application will arrive with a packet of "Dental Admission Test Preparation Materials," including a full sample DAT exam.

Test Dates - Generally, the ideal time to take the DAT is in the spring of your junior year. By then, you should have sufficient background to handle the material and will be able to submit an early application in the summer. A spring test date also allows you to retake the DAT the following October, if necessary. However, it should be noted, some dental schools prefer or require specific DAT test sessions. You may take the DAT a maximum of four times.

How to Apply, Fees - An application for the DAT, as well as the information pamphlet, can be obtained form: Division of Educational Measurements Council on Dental Education, American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

The application and a photograph must be returned by the specified deadline date along with the examination fee. This fee covers the submission of official test scores to five dental schools, a personal copy and a copy for your pre-dental advisor. The advisor copy is sent only with your consent, but it is strongly suggested due to its usefulness in the advising process. Additional official transcripts of scores are $1.00, if requested at the time of the application, and S2-00 if requested later. Please note that dental schools participating in AADSAS (the centralized application service) require scores to be sent directly from the DAT program. More information can be obtained by calling the following numbers:

  • Test Center Information -- (312) 440-2686
  • Test Application Information -- (312) 440-2687
  • Transcript Information -- (312) 440-2689


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