Dental Aptitude Tests
The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) Program is led by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) along with the American Dental Association to avail students evaluate their aptitude for a career in dentistry and to assist dental schools in selecting first-year-students. The test is a multiple-choice test, conducted each year by a number of universities across Canada. The Canadian DAT is completely paper-based tests.
The Dental Aptitude Test is planned to measure general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information, two- and three-dimensional visual perception and manual dexterity of the students.
Dates and Deadlines
DAT is held twice a year, in November and February, at various test centers across Canada. Students can take part in the DAT Program an unlimited number of times.
The Dental Aptitude tests has an English and a French test. The DAT consists of four elements for the English test and four elements for the French test. The test is a multiple-choice, except for manual dexterity test and is managed over one half day.
- The English DAT consists of a Survey of Natural Sciences, a Perceptual Ability Test, a Reading Comprehension Test and a Manual Dexterity Test.
- The French DAT consists of a Survey of Natural Sciences, a Perceptual Ability Test and a Manual Dexterity Test.
Total No. of Questions on the English DAT: 210 questions on the English DAT, plus the Manual Dexterity Test, i.e. Soap carving.
Total No. of Question on the French DAT: 160 questions on the French DAT, plus the Manual Dexterity Test, i.e. Soap carving.
- The Survey of Natural Sciences consists of 40 Biology and 30 General Chemistry questions.
- The Perceptual Ability Test consists of 90 questions.
- The Reading Comprehension Test consists of 50 questions.
- Manual Dexterity Test – 30 minutes (optional)
- Survey of Natural Sciences – 60 minutes
- Perceptual Ability – 60 minutes
- Reading Comprehension – 50 minutes
Biology includes following topics :
Manual Dexterity Test
The Manual Dexterity Tests are considered as a part of the admission requirements for a few of the Canadian dental schools. It is an important parameter in selecting students for the degree in Dentistry. It consists of carving a specified model out of a cylindrical bar of soap. It basically is the ability to perform fine motor skills in an orderly manner.
Survey of Natural Sciences
The Survey of Natural Sciences section comprises of questions based on Biology and General Chemistry.
origin of life; cell metabolism, enzymology; cellular processes; thermodynamics; organelle structure and function; mitosis/meiosis; biological organization, Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology - structure and function of vertebrate systems, Developmental biology, Genetics: molecular genetics; human genetics; classical genetics; Chromosomal genetics; Evaluation, Ecology, and Behavior: natural selection; population genetics/speciation; population and community ecology; ecosystems; animal behavior.General Chemistry includes following topics:
Stoichiometry and General Concepts, kinetic molecular theory of gases; Dalton's, Boyle's, Charles', and ideal gas laws; liquids and solids; Solutions, Acids and Bases, Chemical Equilibria; Thermodynamics and Thermo chemistry, Chemical Kinetics, Atomic and Molecular Structure, Periodic Properties, Nuclear Reactions and Laboratory.
- Perceptual Ability
The perceptual ability section includes angle discrimination, form development, cubes, orthographic projections and apertures.
- Reading Comprehension (For English DAT only)
The reading comprehension section consists of 3 reading passages. It requires the candidates to understand, analyze, organize and comprehend the scientific information. Questions are based on the dental and basic sciences.
DAT: Special Arrangements
For Special test arrangements, the candidate must take permission from Canadian Dental Association (CDA). These special sittings as a result of medical disability or religious reasons are made available only if the candidate provides the evidence to support the request.
The completed application for accommodation or special arrangement, including supporting documentation, must be submitted by:
- September 15 for the November DAT Exam
- December 15 for the February DAT exam.
List of Canadian Dental Schools: Contact DetailsAlberta
- University of Alberta
Undergraduate DDS / DHYG Admissions
School of Dentistry | Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
5th Floor, 11405 - 87 Avenue NW
Edmonton AB T6G 1C9
Email id: www.dentistry.ualberta.ca/admissions
- Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia
278 - 2199 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
Tel.: (604) 822-3416
- Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba
780 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W2
Tel.: (204) 789-3631
- Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University
5981 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 3J5
Tel.: (902) 494-2824
- Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto
124 Edward Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1G6
Tel.: (416) 979-4901, ext. 4373
- School of Dentistry, Western University
Dental Sciences Building
London, ON N6A 5C1
Tel.: (519) 661-3330
- Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University
Strathcona Anatomy & Dentistry Building 3640 University Street
Montreal, QC H3A 2B2
- Faculte de medecine dentaire, Universite de Montreal
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montreal (Quebec) H3C 3J7
Tel.: (514) 343-6076
Email: http://www.medent.umontreal.ca (French Only)
- Faculte de medecine dentaire, Universite Laval
2420, rue de la Terrasse/ Bureau 4535
Quebec, QC G1V 0A6
Tel.: (418) 656-2247
Email: http://www.fmd.ulaval.ca (French Only)
- College of Dentistry, University of Saskatchewan
B526 Health Sciences Bldg, 107 Wiggins Road
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5
Tel.: (306) 966-5117