Dental School Applications

Dentistry provides a great field to mix your interests in technology, healthcare, and artistry. Applications to dental school are through a common application system called AADSAS. Students from Texas apply to the Texas programs through a system called TMDSAS.

For some reason, the dental school application process has become particularly expensive over the past several years, so plan ahead! Information is below, but remember that Pre-Professional Advising is here to help.


Application Opening Dates
  • May 9, 2023-AADSAS opens
  • May 30, 2023-First day to submit AADSAS
  • May 1, 2023-TMDSAS opens at 8am CST
  • May 15, 2023-Application submission begins at 8am CST
  • Nov 1, 2023-Submission deadline by 11:59pm CST

Both AADSAS and TMDSAS open in May. You should plan to submit your application in June or early July if at all possible. Our Timeline will provide you more information about all the other things that need to be done.

Take a broader view of your dental application planning with our Dental School Action Plan. Remember PPA is here to help you every step of the way.
Dental Admission Test

What's On It?

  • The test has 4 sections
    • Survey of Natural Sciences-Biology, General & Organic Chemistry
    • Perceptual Ability
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Quantitative Reasoning

Timing of the Test:

  • Schedule at least 60-90 days ahead of desired test date
  • Allow for 300-400 hours of study time
  • Should you want to retake the test, you need 90 days between tests

When and where is it offered? It is offered at Prometric Test Centers on most days, but dates do fill up so plan ahead.

Accommodations: Accommodations are available but will take time to apply for and to be arranged. Plan ahead. Check the DAT Guide (below) for more information.

Fee Waivers: Some partial fee waivers are available. Check the DAT Guide (below) for more information.


  • All sections are scored on a scale from 1-30
  • The national average is 17
  • Competitive scores for many programs are typically 18-20+
  • Unofficial scores are provided when you leave your test
  • Scores are generally valid for 3 years depending on the school

2023 Dental Admission Test Candidate Guide




Dental School Application Resources
General Information

ADEA Dental School Applicant Quick Guide

Important Application Dates

Information for Reapplicants


Applicant and Enrollee Data

Applicant Data

Dental Education Trends


Prometric Testing Center Test Day Information

Prometric Biometric Check-In

Prometric DAT Online Tutorial


AADSAS Customer Support

Fastest response is to use the chat while in the application

Phone: 617-612-2045


M-F, 9am-5pm ET


TMDSAS Customer Support

Fastest response is to use the chat while in the application

Phone: 512-499-4785


M-F, 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm CST