The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) Program is provided by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) to assist dental schools in selecting first-year students. Dental schools use scores from the DAT in making admissions decisions.
While most dental schools require applicants to take the DAT, DAT results are just one factor considered in evaluating applicants. Validity studies have shown that test scores in conjunction with academic performance are useful in predicting success in dental school. The relative importance of these predictors in the admission process is determined by each dental school.
New in 2022
How candidates take the DAT has completely changed for 2022. Watch the video above for an overview, and read the DAT Candidate Guide for complete information. Note: The Candidate Guide available below is a draft version; it will be updated when registration becomes available in mid- March 2022.
Manual Dexterity Test (MDT)
The Manual Dexterity Test, which involves carving a piece of soap according to exact specifications, is currently suspended because of COVID-19 restrictions and related logistical challenges. CDA is working toward the resolution of those challenges and will reintroduce the Manual Dexterity Test as soon as possible. Continue to monitor this page for updates.