Dental Aptitude Tests: Registration, Fees, Scoring and Results

DAT: Registration

The Dental Aptitude tests are registered online and submitted electronically. DAT online registrations must be submitted on or before the corresponding deadline dates of September 15 (23:59:59 EST) for the November DAT and January 15 (23:59:59 EST) for the February DAT.

Registration Process

  • Step 1: Register online at
  • Step 2: Fill in your personal details, email id and other necessary details. Indicate all of the dental schools you would like to have your DAT scores sent to.
The University of Montreal and Laval University are French-language test centers, while     the Universities of Moncton and Ottawa, and Laurentian University, and are bilingual     test centers. McGill University offers English-language testing only.
  • Step 3: Pay the registration fees via Visa or MasterCard credit card.
  • Step 4: After you pay the fees, you will receive a confirmation mail indicating your DAT Confirmation Letter and receipt. The letter includes the applicant’s unique DAT ID number, registered test date, location, time and instruction for the day of the exam.

Registration Fees

The DAT registration fee covers registration for a scheduled DAT at a Canadian test centre, an official student transcript and up to 5 official transcripts mailed directly to the dental schools you indicated on the registration form. Transcripts for each additional school selected at the time of registration cost an additional $15.00 applicable taxes and after registration, cost an administrative fee of $25.00 plus applicable taxes for the first transcript and $15.00 plus applicable taxes for every additional transcript including any additional personal copies.

Results & Scoring

DAT scores for the written part of the test are computed on the basis of number of correct answers. There is no penalty for wrong answers.

The manual dexterity test is evaluated in 4 areas. Each carved pattern is evaluated for:
  1. Pattern reproduction – completeness and precision
  2. Planes – flatness and evenness
  3. Angles – sharpness and accuracy
  4. Sectional relationship – uniformity and orientation
For each of the four areas, a criterion-referenced 4–point (0–3) scale is used to grade each carved pattern. A carving must be two-thirds complete to be graded, and the design must be two-thirds correct to be graded. A carving that is incomplete or is an incorrect pattern is penalized.

Results from the DAT are available 6 to 8 weeks following the date of the exam. The results are reported to dental schools in terms of standard scores ranging from 1 to 30. The standard score of 15 signifies average performance on a national basis. The standard score is based on the underlying ability distribution and can be interpreted as norm referenced or criterion referenced. Norm-referenced basically involves ranking each student’s ability and performance against other test takers and criterion referenced, on the other hand, evaluates the student’s ability to understand a set curriculum

Test day essentials to carry:

On the day of the test, you must get the original copy of the DAT Confirmation Letter and receipt to the DAT Administrator, along with 2 pieces of government-issued identification.

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