Dental Aptitude Test

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.

The English DAT consists of a Survey of Natural Sciences, a Perceptual Ability Test, a Reading Comprehension Test and a Manual Dexterity Test. There is no Reading Comprehension Test on the French DAT.

All important information needed to register for the DAT is provided in the DAT Information section. Applicants should review this information before beginning the registration process.

Learn more about important DAT dates.

Manual Dexterity Test

The MDT is optional as some dental schools do not use these test results. It is your responsibility to check with the school(s) you are interested in applying to, and to understand their admission requirements.

2020/2021 DAT Cycle MDT

The CDA Manual Dexterity Test (MDT) is offered for the 2020/2021 DAT cycle to applicants who are applying to Université Laval. This year, Université Laval is the only university that requires MDT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year.

Since CDA DAT testing centres are not broadly available this year, the DAT Office has delegated the organization of the 2020/2021 MDT directly to Université Laval in Quebec City. This will help ensure that the MDT is administered safely and in accordance with all local requirements in Quebec. Applicants who need to take the MDT to meet 2021/2022 academic year admissions requirements must consult the website of the Université Laval Faculty of Dentistry at the following address:

The CDA DAT Office will continue to grade the MDT and distribute the scores directly to Université Laval to ensure comparability with results from other test sessions.

Future Sessions of the MDT:

Information about the administration of the MDT for future sessions will be posted as information becomes available.