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Tests and Application

DAT and Application Process

Dental School Admission Test (DAT)

The DAT standardized test is directed at an introductory level of knowledge for science courses and comprehensive skills in reading and writing. This test is only administered as a computerized test. Students can register on-line for the DAT. The examination fee is $160.00. The tests are given at the Sylvan Testing Centers. There are no specific test dates, but students must pre-register for the test.

The DAT should be taken during the spring of the junior year. Additional attempts may be made after a 90-day waiting period. The DAT exam has 5 sections (biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, reading comprehension, quantitative reasoning, and perceptual ability) that are each scored out of 30 points.

To do well on these tests students must have analytic skills and problem solving ability. Adequate preparation for these tests is essential. A student should aim to take the test only once. Although some professional schools will consider only the highest score or the most recent score, other schools will average all test scores. To adequately prepare for these tests, students must not only be knowledgeable about content, but must also be familiar with the test format and develop the resilience and stamina needed to concentrate for these marathon length exams.

Application Service (AADSAS)

Centralized application services are used to apply to most allopathic, osteopathic, and podiatric programs. Students who apply to any of the professional programs utilizing a centralized service submit one application through the application service. The centralized service verifies the information provided on the application and submits the application to the professional schools designated by the applicant. The verification process may take up to 6 weeks and this time should be factored in when trying to meet application deadlines. Most professional schools require additional information, called a secondary or supplemental application, from the applicant once they receive the student's application from the centralized service. Specific information on deadlines, fees, and participating institutions can be found at the AADSAS website.