Some additional seats may become available in certain test locations between now and the registration deadline.

Important Update about the Next DAT Session

The next DAT session will be administered on different dates that vary by test site during the period of May 29, 2021 to June 30, 2021. When registration opens, candidates will be able to browse and register for only one of the available DAT dates. Availability will vary based on the testing facility in your region. You cannot register more than once- subsequent registrations will be cancelled.

Registration will open March 16, at 10 am EST.

There will be no Manual Dexterity Test (MDT) component on the next DAT in the May 29 to June 30, 2021 session. The DAT will consist only of the written components.

Registration for the MDT is separate from registration for the written DAT and currently there is no MDT administration planned for 2021.

Please do not email us questions about the next DAT dates or registration period as they will not be responded to.

Refer to this website and to the Frequently asked Questions section for assistance.

COVID-19 Notice for regarding the DAT in 2021

  • This COVID-19 notice applies for the DAT in 2021. Please read the information carefully.

Upcoming DAT Dates

As current models indicate that the second wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic will continue in the first months of 2021, the Canadian Dental Association has decided to reschedule the February administration of the DAT during the period of May 29 to June 30, 2021.

A second session of the written DAT may be administered in late 2021, no later than the end of November. Due to the ongoing nature of and potential for increased restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although the plan is to administer a second DAT session at that time, it is important that you understand that there is no guarantee that even if a second DAT session is scheduled, it would not be cancelled. The DAT Office cannot yet confirm the exact dates for the second DAT session in 2021 at this time. Details about the end of year (November) DAT administration will be posted as soon as they become available.

Inquiries by phone or email will not be answered to ensure all potential DAT registrants have an equal opportunity to access registration information when it is released on the DAT website.

Additional details will be posted at Important DAT Dates as soon as new information becomes available.

About DAT and the MDT

For general information, please visit DAT and the Manual Dexterity Test (MDT).

Manual Dexterity Test in 2021

Registration for the MDT is separate from registration for the written DAT and currently there is no MDT administration planned for 2021. When you register for the May/June 2021 DAT, it is for the written component of the DAT only.

Make sure you frequently visit the CDA DAT web site to receive updates on the registration process and on the administration of the Manual Dexterity Test in future dates.

See information regarding the MDT for 2021.


Due to a high volume of requests, inquiries received 10 business days prior to DAT exam dates will be addressed after exams have ended. Replies may take up to 10 business days. Phone calls will not be returned. Check here for frequently asked questions.