Information regarding the date of the next DAT will be posted on the website by January 30, 2021. Please do not email questions about the next DAT date as they will not be responded to.

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

COVID-19 Notice for November DAT Registrants

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 to a later, yet to be determined date.

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 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 2020/2021 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.