Important Notice:

The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) Office is currently sorting, processing and handling registrations for the November 2020 DAT. During this process, some additional seats may become available, and if so will subsequently be added to the registration site on September 29, 2020 at 10 a.m. EST. Please check the DAT website here for further updates.

Due to the limited number of seats available for this DAT session, and regardless of the availability of many different DAT testing dates and facilities, candidates must register ONLY ONCE for one facility and one test day and time. If a candidate registers more than once, the second and any subsequent registrations will automatically be cancelled by the DAT Office without any notice. Be aware of implications of your location choices.

Registration for November 2020 DAT

On September 11, 2020, at 10am EST registration will open for the November 2020 Dental Aptitude Test (DAT). The registration deadline is September 30, 2020. The DAT will be offered in February 2021. For complete DAT details, please visit Important DAT Dates

COVID-19 Notice for DAT Candidates

This COVID-19 notice applies to all candidates who wish to register for the DAT. Please read the information carefully.

About DAT and the MDT

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

Manual Dexterity Test for Upcoming Academic Test Cycle

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and the fluid nature of the resulting situation, changes to both the admission requirements of the schools which normally use the Manual Dexterity Test and to the way in which the test will be administered are being considered. Please check frequently the admission requirements of the schools to which you will be applying to in order to ensure your information is current. Make sure you frequently visit the CDA DAT web site to receive updates on the DAT registration process and on the administration of the Manual Dexterity Test, including dates of testing and location of test centers.

All changes and updates regarding the MDT component will be finalized before the opening date of the November 2020 DAT registration. The goal of the DAT Office is to ensure that your DAT registration can be made as simply and effectively as the current circumstances will allow and to minimize post registration changes that might need to occur.

See complete details regarding the MDT for the November 2020 and February 2021 academic test cycle.


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 14 business days. Phone calls will not be returned. Check here for frequently asked questions.