Entrance Exam

The DAT (Dental Admission Test) is required by all dental schools. Competitive scores are usually at least 60th percentile or higher (minimum ~18-20 in each section), but vary by program.

Some programs are now also requiring or recommending applicants to complete and submit scores for a situational judgment test (SJT) such as Casper, to assess your social skills, behaviors and professionalism. You are presented with a variety of scenarios and asked to think about what you might do in these situations. Casper does not require significant preparation and is taken on your own computer, but it must be taken in the year that you apply to Dental schools. Be sure to check the requirements for EACH Dental program to which you are applying for their specific requirements and deadlines for Casper scores (if any).

Dental Admission Test (DAT)


Casper scores are NOT automatically posted to your AADSAS application. You must request scores to be sent to each specific school that you apply to that requires them.

DAT Prep

Some DAT study guides and materials are available to sign out from the HPAC resource collection.  Although we do not offer a formal DAT prep course at Bradley, HPAC advises students to help them develop a personalized strategy, timeline, and study plan to meet their individual needs.  There are many commercially available DAT prep materials and services. We do not endorse any one over the others, but can assist students in choosing products and services that fit their learning style, timeline, and budget. (Hint: The DAT and OAT are essentially the same exam, except the DAT’s Perceptual Ability section replaces the OAT’s Physics section.  So many prep materials are interchangeable.)

DAT Testing Locations

The DAT is administered year round at Prometric Testing Centers.  The closest testing centers to Bradley University are:

Sylvan Learning Center
7501 N University, STE 218
Peoria IL 61614

Sylvan Learning Center
2405 E Federal DR
Decatur IL 62526

Sylvan Learning Center
1035 Lincoln Rd, STE 307
Bettendorf IA  52727