Three quarters of lecture and laboratory of each of the following sciences are generally required.
Some programs will have additional requirements that you will need to meet. And though it is not required, it may be helpful to take Biochemistry, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, and English Composition. Many schools also strongly encourage students to also take courses in the arts and social sciences. Students are strongly encouraged to review the admissions requirements for each school.
Students are required to read the Dental Admission Test Program Guide prior to applying to take the exam. Link:
The DAT has four multiple-choice test sections:
When should I take the DAT?
When you are ready! Students typically take the DAT the Spring quarter of their Junior year or the summer before the start of their Senior year. Schedule the test 60 – 90 days before your desired testing date as seats do get filled up quickly.
How many times should I take the DAT?
Ideally, you should take the DAT once. Candidates must wait at least 90 days from their last attempt, before retaking the DAT. Candidates who have had three or more DAT attempts must apply for permission to test again. From that point forward, they may retest only once per 12-month period.
What is a DENTPIN?
It’s it like a social security number – unique to you. Before applying to take the DAT or or applying for admission to dental schools, students must obtain a Dental Personal Identification Number (DENTPIN®). Register for a new DENTPIN® or retrieve an existing DENTPIN® at ADA.org/DENTPIN.
Is the exam expensive?
The cost of the exam is $495. This fee includes the cost of the exam and for the score to be reported to all the dental schools selected at the time of application. There is an additional $45 fee for score report requests made after the time of application.
The 2021 – 2022 ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (ADEA AADSAS) application will open on May 11 and students can begin submissions on June 1. Students can use the extra weeks to begin completing, reviewing, and strengthening the application before submitting in June.
Each dental school determines its individual deadline date, which is the last date applicants can submit their ADEA AADSAS application to that school.
The ADEA AADSAS GPA will be different than the GPA on the transcript. The ADEA AADSAS GPA factors in all the coursework you have taken, regardless of the academic forgiveness policy. When researching programs, students should know how GPA will be determined by each program.
This is a traditional timeline that assumes students will apply to dental school during their senior year in college. However, it is important to know that it is becoming more common for students to take a gap year before applying or re-applying to dental school. This allows students additional time to strengthen their resume, prepare for the DAT, or fulfill additional academic prerequisites that were not able to be completed in their undergraduate studies.