Right Before You Apply
Dental Admission Test⤷ (DAT)
- When registering for the DAT, select at least one school that participates with ADEA AADSAS to receive your official scores. ADEA AADSAS will use your DENTPIN to match your DAT score report with your application and will import your official scores directly into the ADEA AADSAS application. Your official DAT scores will be distributed to all schools designated on your ADEA AADSAS application (even though you only selected one ADEA AADSAS participating school when you registered for the DAT).
Study hard and score high on the DAT. The entering class of 2013 averaged a 20 PAT, 20 Academic Average, and 20 Total Science. We require a minimum score of at least a 15 in each individual section of the DAT. There are many DAT preparation resources available to applicants and we encourage you to choose a resource that works best with your learning style.
You must wait 90 days before you can retake the DAT so be sure to take the DAT early in the application cycle (May or June). If you are unsatisfied with your scores, it’s best if you can retake the DAT early enough in the cycle to still be considered for a pre-December interview. If you wait to take the DAT in August for the first time, the earliest you’ll be able to retake will be November and that is too late to be considered for an interview prior to December 1.
It can take a couple of weeks for your scores to show up on your ADEA AADSAS application. To expedite the review process, you can submit an unofficial score report to the admissions office via email or fax 352-846-0311.
When more than one DAT score is reported, the most recent set of scores is considered. The latest date to submit DAT scores for consideration is January 1.
- Choose letter writers who know you well and who can add value to your application. If all the letter writer knows about you is the grade you earned in his/her class, that doesn’t give the admissions committee new information about you (it doesn’t hurt your application, but it doesn’t help either). Be sure to ask in a way that allows your potential letter writer to decline. It’s better to have someone decline to write you a letter than for them to submit a mediocre letter or hold up your application because they don’t submit it in a timely manner due to a busy schedule, etc.
It’s more important for your letter writer to know you well than it is for him/her to have an important job title. It doesn’t add value to your application to have a letter from a high ranking government official whom you have never met.
Give your letter writer your resume/C.V. and personal statement to reference as they draft your letter. Provide them the specific instructions about how to submit your letter via ADEA AADSAS.⤷ Make it as simple and easy as possible for your letter writer.
We require three individual letters or one committee letter. We do not require letters to be written by specific professors or professionals.
- Having trouble deciding what to write in your personal statement? ADEA has put together some helpful ideas⤷ to get you thinking. Be sure that the majority of your personal statement is about you. You can use stories about the dentists you’ve shadowed or challenges your family members or friends have faced, but make sure that you always bring it back to you.
Proofreading is important! We strongly encourage you to begin drafting your personal statement many, many weeks before the ADEA AADSAS application opens. Have several people review it for clarity of thought and grammatical errors. Don’t wait until the last minute! Here’s the technical information⤷ about uploading your personal statement to the AADSAS application.