10 Tips on how I got a 28 on the DAT

Preparing for the Dental Admission Test (DAT) can be an extremely daunting task to many individuals. This standardized test is specifically created to test your knowledge of pre-dental topics and predict your ability to excel at dental school. Because of this, it requires intense focus and time commitment both during and before the test.

Getting a great score on the DAT is not impossible, many have done it before. Here are our tips from a high-scoring DAT test-taker on how to ace your DAT test and achieve your goals of getting into dental school!

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American DAT Topics and Format

The American Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is a 4 hour and 15 minutes online exam administered by the American Dental Association almost daily each year. It is used as a standardized test for students wishing to enter most American dental schools and some Canadian dental schools. The format and content of this exam is slightly different than its Canadian counterpart. For full information on the similarities and differences between these two exams click this link. This post contains a complete outline of how the American DAT is formatted for anyone interested in taking the exam. The American DAT is broken into 4 sections:

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Canadian DAT Topics and Format

The Canadian Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is a 3 hour and 20 minutes paper exam administered by the Canadian Dental Association and offered twice a year (February and November). It is used as a standardized test for students wishing to enter into any of the Canadian dental schools and some American dental schools. The format and topics covered in this exam are slightly different than their American counterpart. This post contains a complete outline of how the exam is formatted as well as the topics covered for anyone interested in taking the Canadian DAT.

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Free DAT Practice Tests

Taking a DAT practice test can help to both give you an idea of the type and difficulty level of Dental Admission Test questions as well as test your knowledge of learned material after studying. Unfortunately, there are not many sample tests of DAT questions that can be found online, especially those that are free.

With the help of dental students and graduates, we’ve created completely free practice tests containing both answers and explanations for each question. New tests are constantly being made and will be added below when they become available. This includes both, reading comprehension, PAT, and quantitative reasoning sections.

We recommend that these tests are used as diagnostic exams to help you measure your progress as you begin your studies and preparation for the DAT. Take one before you begin your studies to see what topics you need to improve on and take the rest throughout your studying to measure the progress you’ve made to achieve the goals you’ve set for the DAT.

Please be aware of which version of the DAT you are taking, either the American DAT or Canadian DAT. You can use this link to determine which practice tests are right for you based on the specific test you are taking.

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American DAT vs Canadian DAT: Similarities and Differences

Both the American DAT and Canadian DAT have many similarities. In fact, if you check the requirements for some Canadian dental schools you will find that both the Canadian and American DATs are accepted. Similarly, most American dental schools will accept the Canadian DAT. This post provides an in-depth look into both the similarities and differences between the two standardized tests. All information found in this article is from the Canadian Dental Association or American Dental Association which are the governing bodies responsible for administrating their respective DATs.

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