DAT (Dental Admission Test)

The DAT is a standardized examination required as part of your application to dental school. It is a very challenging exam that requires extensive preparation in the form of review and practice. In fact, your preparation for the DAT will begin with the first day of your first pre-dental prerequisite course.

The DAT contains 4 timed sections that lead to a total of 8 scores in the categories below, with each section scored from 1 to 30:

  • Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Quantitative Reasoning (basic math, geometry, algebra, and trigonometry)
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Total Science (an average of biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry scores)
  • Academic Average (an average of quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry scores)
  • Perceptual Ability

More information on the DAT can be obtained online at www.ada.org. The average score for accepted students is a 19-20 in each section. The minimum score you should have in order to be considered by dental schools is a 17 in each section.

You should begin studying for the DAT at least 6 months prior to taking the test. Consider your study time to be equivalent to the time commitment of a 3-4 credit hour class. Some students choose to study on their own or with other students who are also preparing to take the exam. For students who choose to study on their own, there are various books designed to help guide you through the preparation process. Books have been published by Kaplan and Princeton Review to name a few. These books can be purchased online or at various bookstores.

Other students choose to take a prep course. There are several private companies that offer DAT prep courses, each with their own individual promises. These courses may be as much as $1200. UVU does not recommend one company over another. Visit the companies' websites listed below and talk to fellow classmates before choosing a prep course.

Kaplan - www.kaptest.com

Princeton Review - www.princetonreview.com

Ace Test Prep - www.acetestprep.com

Gold Standard DAT - www.dat-prep.com