If you're set on going to dental school, you'll have to conquer the DAT first. Here's a brief overview of the test.

DAT Test Overview

Survey of Natural Sciences

  • Biology (40 questions): genetics, molecular biology, function of systems and other topics
  • Organic Chemistry (30 questions): chemical and physical properties of molecules, aromatics and bonding, nomenclature and other topics
  • General Chemistry (30 questions): liquids, solids, solutions and other topics
Perceptual Ability

  • 90 questions
  • Topics include apertures, orthographic projections, angle discrimination, paper folding, cube counting and 3D form development

Reading Comprehension

  • 50 questions, 3 reading passages
  • Tests reading comprehension and ability to analyze scientific passages

Quantitative Reasoning

  • 40 questions on mathematical problems and problem solving
  • Tests ability to use and apply algebraic concepts, numerical calculations, conversions and other topics