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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.

Test Sections

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.


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