DAT Perceptual Ability Test Full Breakdown

The Perceptual Ability Test (PAT) is one of the four sections of the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and is often one that students find the most challenging. It is designed to measure perceptual ability and spatial visualization skills in those applying to dental school. These skills are extremely useful in mentally constructing complex 2D and 3D images in one’s head, a skill that is necessary for dentistry.

It is vital to do well on this section as it will be counted separately from the other sections of the DAT. A high PAT score will help you stand out on your dentistry application and make up for weaknesses in your application. This post provides a full breakdown of each PAT section, free practice problems, as well as tips and tricks to make sure that you get the highest score possible on test day.

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10 Tips on how I got 99th Percentile 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 online exam administered by the Canadian Dental Association and offered throughout the year. 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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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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