DAT News

Here is the latest DAT News. If you have a test appointment scheduled, you must also monitor the Prometric website for Test Centre updates.

March 12, 2024

Scheduled Maintenance, March 29th-April 8th 

The CDA will be undergoing scheduled maintenance for software upgrades between March 29th and April 8th. Please read the information below to see how this may affect you.


Candidates that register between March 29th and April 8th may experience a week-long delay in receiving their eligibility e-mail.

Change Requests

Candidates that request to make a name change, a test language change, or changes to their testing accommodations between March 29th and April 8th may experience a week-long delay in receiving confirmation that their request has been processed.

DAT Scores

DAT scores that would have been processed between March 29th and April 8th will be delayed one week.

Transcript orders

Transcript orders made between March 29th and April 8th will be processed as usual.

Booking or Canceling a test with Prometric

The booking or canceling of a test with prometric will be processed as usual.

The Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) Program is provided by the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) to assist dental schools in selecting first-year students. Dental schools use scores from the DAT in making admissions decisions.

While most dental schools require applicants to take the DAT, DAT results are just one factor considered in evaluating applicants. Validity studies have shown that test scores in conjunction with academic performance are useful in predicting success in dental school. The relative importance of these predictors in the admission process is determined by each dental school.

New in 2022

How candidates take the DAT has completely changed for 2022. Watch the video above for an overview, and read the DAT Candidate Guide for complete information. Note: The Candidate Guide available below is a draft version; it will be updated when registration becomes available in mid- March 2022.

Download the DAT Candidate Guide

Manual Dexterity Test (MDT)

The Manual Dexterity Test, which involves carving a piece of soap according to exact specifications, is currently suspended because of COVID-19 restrictions and related logistical challenges. CDA is working toward the resolution of those challenges and will reintroduce the Manual Dexterity Test as soon as possible. Continue to monitor this page for updates.