If you’re looking to start a career in the dental industry or further your education, the DAT is an integral part of applying for graduate education programs. Not only will you need to study to prepare for the different sections on the exam, but you’ll also need to know how to register to ensure that you’re approved to take the test. Knowing the exam dates that are available during the registration process will also allow you to schedule a day and time at a local testing center that works within your schedule.
What is the DAT?
The DAT (Dental Admissions Test) is a computer-based test with multiple choice questions that are often completed by dental students in the U.S. It’s used by dental schools to assess an applicant’s ability to succeed academically based on the overall score they earn on the test. The DAT is composed of a battery of four tests including a Survey of the Natural Sciences, Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning. The score that is earned on each section contributes to the overall score of the test taker.
How Do You Register for the DAT?
Students can register for the DAT by visiting the American Dental Association’s (ADA) website to submit an application. Students are required to complete prerequisites in biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry before applying to register for the DAT. All testing fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. The credit or debit card used will be charged once the application is submitted. Each person is required to create a DENTPIN (Dental Personal Identifier Number) before registering, which will also be used for other testing conducted by the ADA. Applicants will need to receive an eligibility letter before scheduling their test date 60 to 90 days in advance.
Reading the DAT guide can also offer assistance on how to prepare for the test date. Reading the guide is required to register, and you’ll be asked to confirm that you’ve read the document and understand its contents while agreeing to the policies and procedures.
When are the DAT Exam Dates?
The DAT is held throughout the year at multiple Prometric testing centers throughout the U.S. Prometric will provide each applicant with a list of possible test dates, depending on their location, after they’re registered to take the exam. It’s recommended to take the test at least one year before applying for a dental education program.
Back to You
Taking the DAT is an essential step when preparing for applying for dental education programs to gain acceptance at colleges or universities. By knowing the exam dates and how to register for 2019, you can follow the timeline you’ve created when you’re preparing to enroll in dental school in the near future.