Dental Admission Test Fees and DAT Scores
The American Dental Association administers the Dental Admission
Test (D AT) on computer on almost any day of the year. Students must
apply to the Dental Admission Testing Program after which point the
Sylvan registration center is informed of the candidate’s
eligibility for DAT testing. Students will then call the Sylvan
center 800 number to schedule their test, allowing at least 48 hours
notice to the center. Students who have applied to take the DAT and
have been approved have 12 months within which to take the test.
When they complete the test, they will receive their scores
immediately. Any candidate for the DAT who wishes to retake it may
not do so until they have reapplied to take the test and until
ninety days have elapsed.
The DAT measures your science knowledge and tests the perceptual
ability necessary to practice dentistry.
NATURAL SCIENCES: Covers biology (40 questions), general chemistry
(30 questions), and organic chemistry (30 questions). You have 90
minutes to complete 100 questions.
THE PERCEPTUAL ABILITY TEST (PAT): Includes 90 questions answered in
50 minutes. The PAT measures your ability to conceptualize and to
estimate spatial and structural relationships.
READING COMPREHENSION: Consists of 50 questions and usually requires
50 minutes of testing time. Questions, based on three reading
passages (between 1,200 and 1,500 words each), relate to dental,
basic, or clinical science. You do not need prior scientific
knowledge to complete this section.
QUANTITATIVE REASONING: Contains 40 questio ns answered in 45
minutes. This section measures your mastery of arithmetic, algebra,
geometry, and trigonometry. This section has unscored sample
questions that may appear in a separate DAT section. Lasting about
25 minutes, this section can include science, math, or PAT
questions. Sample questions will not affect your score report.
The DAT is scored on a scale from 1 to 30, with an average score of
15. The score reports include separate subscores for the different
sections : biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, PAT,
reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning.