Prospective Students

Virtual Advising: Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is required to apply to The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. The DAT takes 4 hours and 15 minutes to answer all of the questions. There are four different sections: Survey of the Natural Sciences (Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry), Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning.

The following minimums are required for your application to be considered for an interview:

Academic Average (AA): 17

Perceptual Ability Test (PAT): 17

Total Science: 17

Please note: if you score a 16 or lower on any of these three sections your application will not be considered for an interview. There are no exceptions to this rule.

The average DAT scores for our incoming students here at OSU CoD is around a 20 on these sections. We advise our students to aim for 20/20 on the AA/PAT – just like good vision!



Do you accept the Canadian DAT?

Unfortunately, we do not accept the Canadian DAT.

When should I take the DAT?

We recommend taking the DAT the spring before you apply. The application cycle starts in June and takes over a year to complete and matriculate. For our traditional students, this often means the spring of your junior year. Taking the DAT this spring gives you enough time to complete your prerequisites, but also gives you a cushion of time to retake the DAT if you do not score well the first time.

 Can I retake the DAT if I do not score well the first time?

Yes. We consider your most recent scores. We do not super score. Please note: you must wait 90 days before you can retake the DATIf you are worried you might to retake it, please remember to calculate in this time when scheduling your DAT.

How recent must my DAT scores be?

All DAT scores expire after 2 years. You must have taken the DAT within the past two years at the time of application.

Can I send you my unofficial DAT scores?

No. All DAT scores must be official and are sent to us by AADSAS. When you take the DAT, you will be given the option to declare which schools you want your scores to be sent to. This is all that you need to do to make sure your scores are sent to us.

How long does it take for you to receive my DAT scores?

 Depending when you take the DAT, it can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks for AADSAS to process and send us your scores. Please keep this in mind when you schedule your DAT. We cannot begin reviewing your application until we have received your official DAT scores from AADSAS.

What is considered a good DAT score?

Our minimum scores for review are 17, however the students we admit are typically above the average. The class average is around a 20 for both the Academic Average and PAT. We recommend that our applicants aim for a 20/20 on the DAT.

How should study for the DAT?

While each applicant varies in the way they prepare for the DAT, we recommend completing practice tests prior to taking the DAT. It is important to replicate the testing environment.

We recommend that you choose the study method that works best for you. Some students take a DAT-preparation course, in person or online. Other students watch videos. There are several DAT preparation books and apps. While there is no one “right way” to study for the DAT, we have found that our applicants are successful when they dedicate adequate time to studying for the DAT.

What if I need to take the DAT a third time?

While we do not look unfavorably upon students who retake the DAT, please keep in mind that you are only permitted to take the exam three times. Taking the DAT a fourth time requires written permission from AADSAS and each school you apply to.

Do you superscore the DAT?

No. We only consider your most recent DAT score. For example, if you score a 18 AA/19 PAT/19 Total Science and retake the DAT and receive a 17 AA/16 PAT/17 TSSCI, the 17/16/17 scores will be reviewed for consideration for an interview.