Dental Admission Test (DAT) – Exam Prep Books and Resources

Dental Admission Test (DAT) is a standardized test for dental school admission in the US and Canada. Though the test format is different between the countries, either test result is accepted for admission in the dental schools of Canada or US. The test can be taken upto three times – beyond that requires special retest permission – a 90-day mandatory wait period between tests applies. It is a computerized multiple-choice test available most days of the year at Prometric centers. The first step in the application process is to obtain a unique personal identifier called DENTPIN from www.ada.org. With that proceed with the DAT application at the same site – once the Department of Testing Services (DTS) processes the application, the Prometric’s system will reflect the status within 48 hours.

The DAT test is very expensive with a fee of $430. The DAT fee does includes score reports to the schools selected on the DAT application regardless of the number of schools selected. A $35 fee applies for sending score reports to a school that was not in the original DAT application. Partial (50%) fee waivers are available in cases of severe financial hardship.

The test is 5 hours long and includes a 15-minute tutorial followed by four sections with another 15-minute break in the middle. There is also an optional post-test 15- minute survey. The actual format is below:



Scoring is based on the number of correct answers allowing for guessing. The scores in the testing program range from 1 to 30 with 17 signifying average performance. Unofficial test scores are immediately available after taking the test. It consists of eight 1-30 scores. The first six scores are directly derived from the test: three scores from the natural science subsections (biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry), and three from the other sections (perceptual ability, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning). The other two scores are summaries of the first six scores: an academic average score which is the average of the following five scores – quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension, biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry, and the total science score which is a standard score based on the natural science questions.

The ADA website has some resources and preparation materials for the DAT Test. Below are ISBNs and Best Prices for other DAT study resources:


ResourceISBNBest PriceDescription
Kaplan DAT Strategies, Practice, and Review978-1625233080$52.69Two full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations. 600+ practice questions. Guide to the current DAT blueprint. Comprehensive review of all content in the DAT. Book + Online.
Dental Admission Test (DAT) Computerized Sample Tests and Guide, TopScore Pro for the DAT978-0967275703$79.95Three complete computerized DAT tests. 840+ questions covering all DAT sections.
Cracking the DAT by Princeton Review978-0375427565$32.79Access to 2 full-length practice DAT exams.
Sterling DAT Practice QuestionsVaries1,500+ high-yield questions with detailed explanations. Review of foundations.
McGraw Hill's DATVariesTwo complete sample DAT tests and a diagnostics test to measure strengths and weaknesses. Complete review of each section of the DAT: biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, perceptual ability, reading comprehension, and quantitative reasoning. Answer key with clear explanations for all questions.
DAT Secrets Study GuideVariesThorough review of DAT. An examination of the reading comprehension test. An in-depth look at the quantitative reasoning test, a breakdown of biological sciences, and an analysis of physical science.
Campbell and Reece’s Biology
  • Kindle Edition at $147
  • Hardcover at $193.
$147From ADA Reference List.
McGraw Hill Science  Biology Peter Raven, George Johnson, et al
  • Kindle Edition at $174
  • Hard Cover: 978-0072921649 at $83.
$83From ADA Reference List.
Prentice Hall Chemistry: The Central Science by Theodore E. Brown and H. Eugene LeMay
  • Kindle Edition at $196
  • Hardcover: 978-0321910417 at $100.
$100From ADA Reference List.
The ACS Style Guide – Effective Communication of Scientific Information978-0841239999$41.83From ADA Reference List.
Brooks Cole Organic Chemistry by John McMurry
  • Kindle Edition at $286
  • Hardcover: 978-0495118374 at $166.
$166From ADA Reference List.
Houghton Mifflin Organic Chemistry: Structure and Reactivity by Seyhan N. Ege978-0618318094$82.17From ADA Reference List.
Brooks Cole Chemistry: Principles and Reactions by Masterton and Hurley
  • Kindle Edition at $223.
  • Hardcover at $171.
$171From ADA Reference List.
Prentice Hall Chemistry by McMurry and Fay$13.33From ADA Reference List.
Brooks Cole's Introduction to Spectroscopy by Pavia, Lampman, and Kriz
  • Kindle Edition at $247
  • Hard Cover at $150.
$150From ADA Reference List.
McGraw Hill's Chemistry: The Molecular Nature of Matter and Change by by Martin Silberberg and Patricia Amateis
  • Kindle Edition at $174
  • Hardcover at $157.
$157From ADA Reference List.
McGraw Hill's Elementary Statistics: A Step by Step Approach by Allan Bluman
  • Kindle Edition at $178
  • Hard Cover: 978-0070091788 at $115.
$115From ADA Reference List.
Brooks Cole's Calculus: Early Transcendentals by James Stewart
  • Kindle Edition at $250
  • Hardcover at $173.
$173From ADA Reference List.
Brooks Cole's Precalculus: Functions and Graphs by Earl Swokowski and Jeffrey Cole
  • Kindle Edition at $227
  • Hard Cover at $51.
$51From ADA Reference List.


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