The Perceptual Ability Test (PAT) is the second section of the DAT and for many students one of the most challenging. The PAT is designed to test your spatial visualization skills, like your ability to interpret two-dimensional (2D) representations of three-dimensional (3D) objects. These skills are necessary to your success as a dentist since you will need to construct mental images of teeth from X-rays, deal with casts and fillings, and otherwise work with complicated 2D and 3D objects.

There are 6 subsections in PAT section and the total number of questions is 90, with each subsection consisting of 15 questions. You have 60 minutes to answer PAT section. The subsections appear in order which are: Apertures, View Recognition, Angle Discrimination, Paper Folding, Cube Counting, and 3D Form Development.