Preparing for the DAT®?

Are you ready to start preparing for the DAT? Here are four important facts you should know before Test Day.

All schools and colleges of dentistry require candidates to submit DAT scores for admissions.

The DAT is designed to predict general academic ability and measure the skills needed by future dentists: Scientific knowledge and analytical and perceptual ability. It does this by testing you on visualization in three dimensions, angle discrimination, chemistry and biology, your reading comprehension ability, and your quantitative reasoning skills. The DAT is available as a computer-based test and can be taken year round.

The DAT is divided into 4 separate tests.

  • Survey of Natural Sciences
    90 minutes to complete 100 questions on biology, general, and organic chemistry
  • Reading Comprehension
    60 minutes to address 3 passages, each with 16 to 17 corresponding questions that will test your ability to find the main idea, process information, and read and understand dense passages
  • The Perceptual Ability Test
    60 minutes to complete 90 questions in 6 categories that will test your spatial visualization skills, especially your ability to interpret 2-dimensional representations of 3-dimensional objects
  • Quantitative Reasoning
    45 minutes to complete 40 questions on algebra, probability and statisitcs, geometry, word problems, and trigonometry

The average score on the DAT is 16.

Performance on the DAT is denoted by a set of seven distinct scores for Reading Comprehension, Perceptual Ability, Quantitative Reasoning, and each of the science disciplines tested in the Survey of Natural Sciences—biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry. You'll also receive an Academic Average Score, which takes into account your performance on all of the sections of the exam except Perceptual Ability.

Each of these scores is reported on a 1-30 scale (30 being the highest possible score). A score of 16 signifies average performance on a national basis. Scores are based on the total number of correct answers, so there is no penalty for guessing.

Personalized learning is key to succeeding on a test like the DAT.

You are a unique individual with unique talents and goals—and a unique skill level for the DAT. It's pretty likely that you need to focus your efforts on different things than the person sitting next to you in your DAT prep class does.

That's why Kaplan offers tailored prep options and adaptive learning technology that give you customized recommendations based on your needs. Your prep will always focus on the areas that offer you the greatest opportunity to increase your score.

Plus, Kaplan offers the most comprehensive guarantee in the industry: Score higher on the DAT or your money back.