Skip to main content


The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is required for admission to dental school and must be taken within the last five years. Applicants are required to request their DAT scores be released to at least one of the dental schools to which they are applying. All DAT scores released to any of the four Texas dental schools will automatically be sent to TMDSAS.   

A test score from a DAT taken before 2017 will not be considered for the 2022 entry year application.  



How do I release my DAT scores? 

Information regarding releasing your DAT score(s) can be obtained from their website.  


What if my planned test dates change? 

Any change to your planned test dates must be immediately changed in your TMDSAS application in order for the score to be included in your application. See instructions for updating your DAT test date in the TMDSAS Application Handbook.


Are Canadian DAT scores acceptable? 



When is too late to take the DAT? 

It is recommended that you take the DAT in the spring or summer prior to applying, but no later than December 1 of the application cycle. Offers of admission go out in December. Waiting to take the DAT until that date will delay any consideration for admission until after your test scores are released.  


Can I submit my application before I have my test scores? 

Yes, you may submit your application before your DAT scores are released. 


I've received my unofficial scores, can I update my score on my TMDSAS application? 

No, scores submitted from your personal unofficial score report will not be accepted. 


How long will it take for TMDSAS to receive my test scores? 

TMDSAS will receive your scores 36 hours from the time your official scores are released. 


When are official DAT scores released? 

According to the ADA website, official scores are released within 3-4 weeks of your test date.