The American Dental Association creates the DAT test as an admissions test for dental schools in the United States. Aspiring dentists should learn the resources necessary to adequately prepare them for the Dental Admissions Test.
All dental schools in the U.S. require you to take this test as one factor of the admissions process. Because so many people want to become a dentist, there is a fair amount of decent resources to help you prepare for the DAT test. You can choose one or more of the following resources to help you prepare for this challenging admissions exam.
First of all, the test deals largely with science knowledge that you may have acquired during your undergraduate studies. You may not even be exposed to much of this material during dental school if you are accepted. But the American Dental Association had to devise one way to ferret out all the potentially good students from the ones who are not as serious about the process of becoming a dentist.
The Dental Admissions Test’s main subjects are biology, chemistry, and some math dealing with quantitative reasoning (statistics and calculus). In fact, one of the best ways to begin your DAT preparation is to access the exam reference materials. Unlike many graduate admissions tests, there are actual textbooks that you can study to prepare for the DAT. This gives a big advantage to those who are willing to study hard, whereas it is difficult to improve on a Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and exams like the GRE.
There are 13 textbooks mentioned on the American Dental Association’s list of DAT exam references. The more familiar you are with them, the more likely you are going to get a successful score on this exam. You may access the list in the Resources section below.
ScholarWare has a DAT study guide and practice tests, all in one package. This is on CD-ROM, so get this if you have a computer to use it. The DAT practice exam is done on the computer to give you the feel for the real thing. You also get explanations for each answer. As of August 2011, the basic price was $55 on the ScholarWare website. Note that this product is not endorsed by the American Dental Association. It may be helpful in preparing you for the DAT test. It just depends on your personal situation.
The DAT Destroyer is another study guide. It covers all the sections of organic chemistry, general chemistry, biology, and quantitative reasoning. There is a separate Math Destroyer for extra practice and Organic Chemistry Odyssey. This Dental Admissions Test prep guides are a bit more expensive, ranging from about $200 to $250, depending on which combination of DAT test resources that you buy.
ADA: Dental Admissions Test Reference Textbooks
ScholarWare: TopScore Pro for the DAT
DAT Destroyer Series of Test-Prep Study Guides