St. Mary's College of Maryland

Pre-Dental: The DAT

You should plan to take the DAT the April of your application year, at the latest. By the time you can submit your primary application to AADAS (in June), your score should be ready to submit.

Information about the Dental Admissions Test (DAT)

Recommended Resources for Preparation

  • The DAT Destroyer Book
  • The CRACK the DAT Program
  • Schaum's Guide to Biology
  • TopScorePro Program

A Note about Retaking the DAT

  • Don't rush taking the DAT. Ideally, you should score high enough the first time to avoid taking it a second or third time.
  • You are only allowed to take the DAT three times. After that, you may petition to take it a fourth time, but many dental schools will not be interested in your application at that point.
  • Be warned: Previous DAT scores do not go away and they are not averaged. All of your DAT scores will be in your file for dental schools to see.
  • Study hard and do your best the first time. If you need to retake the DAT it is not the end of the world, but be sure to use your experience from the first time to help you the second time around.

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