So what is the scoring system for such an important exam? For starters, you will receive eight scores in all. The majority of them—six, to be exact—are calculated from your performance on each subject featured on the exam. Next comes a “Total Science” score, which is an average of your combined score on the organic chemistry, general chemistry and biology tests. The other, final score is your “Academic Average” score, which—as its name implies—averages your scores on the organic chemistry, quantitative reasoning, general chemistry, biology and reading comprehension subject tests.
Each score will rest within a range of one through 30, with 30 being the highest possible score. However, 17 sits as the average score for test takers for nearly every section of the exam except for Reading Comprehension and the Academic Average scores, which both average at a score of 19. Thanks to a careful, probability-based percentile system, it is rare for any test taker to earn a score of 30.
You can expect to receive your scores just after finishing the exam via a digital report. Your scores will also be instantly sent to your dental school(s) of choice, which you can select when you register for the test. Your scores will also download to your official application form through your DENTPIN ID.
Should you earn a lower score on the DAT than you need or want, you have the option to apply for a retest. Keep in mind, however, that you can only take this exam a total of three times. After passing this threshold, you will have to consult with the American Dental Association for special permission to take the exam.