Time and Date of the DAT:

Here are a few frequently asked questions applicants usually ask about the DAT:

Which Day Should I choose for my DAT?

You must choose the date of your exam 60 to 90 days prior to your desired test date, and since you will have to pay extra fees for rescheduling and canceling the exam date you should do this carefully.

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How long should I wait to retake the DAT?

Normally you can take the DAT every 90 days.

How many times can I take the DAT?

You can take the test three times or more but if you wish to take the exam more than three times you are going to need to get special permission from ADA.

Can I cancel or reschedule the DAT? How much does it cost to reschedule the DAT?

Yes, you can cancel or reschedule the DAT and the cost depends on how many days prior to the exam date you would like to reschedule it.
The fees for rescheduling as given by ADA are as follows:

  • From 1 to 5 business days before the testing appointment and at least 24 hours before the appointment is scheduled to begin: $100
  • From 6 to 30 business days before the testing appointment: $60
  • 31 or more business days before the testing appointment: $25

Note that Saturdays and Sundays are not business days.

How long is the DAT?

The time allocated for answering the questions is four and a half hours but you can also take an optional break time after answering the first two sections which are 30 minutes. We suggest you take this break time to rest and refresh yourself. Here is the timetable:

How long is the DAT

When to register for the DAT?

It is highly recommended that you register early because if you register late you may not be able to find any available seats on your desired date or a Prometric center close to you, so you may have to choose a farther location that you would be comfortable with. Sometimes it takes one or two months for the seats to be available for testing again.
Most of the students study for DAT the summer between junior and senior year and take the test in summer. It’s important to take the test when you are ready so you can change the test date if necessary.

What is DENTPIN and When Do I need it?

DENTPIN stands for DENTal Personal Identifier Number and it is a unique personal identifier for professionals and students involved with the U.S dental education system and standardized testing programs. You must obtain or retrieve a DENTPIN from the ADA website before proceeding with your DAT application. You will also need to obtain the DENTPIN to apply for admission to a dental school or request a score report.

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