Upcoming Dental Aptitude Test dates

Many pre-dentistry students will be writing the Canadian DAT this November and February 2017.

The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) Program is conducted by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) to help students assess their aptitude for a career in dentistry and to assist dental schools in selecting first-year students.

Upcoming Dental Aptitude Test dates
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As there are a limited number of DAT test centres and seats available, applicants are advised to register as early as possible for their preferred test location and date for the DAT and well in advance of the registration deadline.

Upcoming DAT dates

  • Saturday, November 5, 2016 (Deadline to register is September 15)
  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 (Deadline to register is January 15, 2017)
  • Saturday, November 4, 2017 (Deadline to register is September 2017)


Canadian Dental Aptitude Test Format

There are four examinations included in the English DAT and three examinations included in the French DAT. The tests are administered over a half day and include the following:

1. Manual Dexterity Test – 30 minutes
Not all Canadian or Australian dental schools use the Manual Dexterity Test (MDT) as part of their admission requirements. This test consists of carving a specified model out of a cylindrical bar of soap specially made for the DAT.

Neither the University of Melbourne nor the University of Sydney require this section to be completed to be considered for entry.

2. Survey of Natural Sciences – 60 minutes

3. Perceptual Ability – 60 minutes

4. Reading Comprehension (English DAT only) – 50 minutes

Students from Canada who have already completed an undergraduate degree may apply for entry into Australian dentistry programs at either the graduate-entry or undergraduate-entry levels.


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