Will you be writing the DAT in 2015?
Will you be writing the DAT this February?
The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) Program is conducted by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA), in coordination with the American Dental Association, and has been in operation on a national basis since 1966.
Upcoming 2015 DAT dates:
- Saturday, February 21, 2015
- Saturday, November 7, 2015
DAT Registration Options
Online registrations must be submitted on or before the corresponding deadline date of January 15 (23:59:59EST) for the February DAT. Payment is required at the time of registration.
Once the deadline passes, the online registration service will close until registration opens for the next available test date.
Please note that if you plan to apply to Sydney Dental School and Melbourne Dental School, you will need to order two separate DAT reports, one for each university.
How many times can I write the DAT?
Applicants are allowed to participate in the DAT Program an unlimited number of times; however, only the results of the last attempt and the total number of attempts will be reported on the official DAT transcript. Applicants who would like the results of a previous DAT sent to one or more Australian Dental Schools must make such a request online.
Canadian Dental Admission Test Format
There are four examinations included in the English DAT and three examinations included in the French DAT. The tests are administered over a half day and include the following:
1. Manual Dexterity Test* – 30 minutes
2. Survey of Natural Sciences – 60 minutes
3. Perceptual Ability – 60 minutes
4. Reading Comprehension (English DAT only) – 50 minutes
*Not all Canadian or Australian Dental Schools use the Manual Dexterity Test (MDT) as part of their admission requirements. This test consists of carving a specified model out of a cylindrical bar of soap specially made for the DAT. Neither the University of Melbourne nor the University of Sydney require this section to be completed to be considered for entry into dental school.
OzTREKK represents the following Australian Dental Schools:
- James Cook University Dental School
- University of Melbourne Dental School
- University of Queensland Dental School
- University of Sydney Dental School
For further information about the DAT, please consult the Canadian Dental Association website.