Taking the DAT Test

There are a number of things to keep in mind on the day you have set aside for taking the DAT. You will need to arrive early, as check-in can be a lengthy process, especially if there are many others testing on the same day. If you have not yet been seated once the test begins, you will not only sacrifice your scheduled test date, but also your fees.


It is a good idea to review Prometric test center procedures prior to arriving at the test center.

  • Remember to bring two forms of ID. Taking the DAT test requires you provide a government-issued photo ID that contains a signature, such as a passport or driver’s license.
  • The second ID is only required to bear a signature. The names on both IDs must exactly match the name on your application, or you will not be permitted to test. Also, you will need to furnish your social security number as well as your DENTPIN number.
  • Before completing check-in, Prometric will take your fingerprints and photograph for identification purposes.

Once you are seated, you will take a short tutorial that explains the process of taking the DAT test. Then, once the test begins, there will be a monitor in the room at all times. Monitors cannot answer test-related questions. At any point during the exam, you may be asked to confirm your identification by giving your social security number, date of birth, DENTPIN number, or other information.

Personal items are not allowed in the testing facility;

  • Be sure to leave cell phones, notes, notebooks, snacks, drinks, and other personal items in your vehicle.
  • Personal items include calculators, watches, all electronic devices, tissues, highlighters, religious objects, and any other objects not needed for testing.
  • You will be provided with pencil, paper, and other items required for taking the DAT test.
  • If you accidentally bring something of a personal nature in with you, immediately notify Prometric upon check-in and ask for a storage locker.
  • Do not access the locker during breaks.
  • Cell phone use is prohibited during breaks, and it will result in dismissal.

If testing conditions are not satisfactory, it is essential that you inform the test administrator prior to the start of testing. If the issue is not resolved, you must notify the Client Support Services Coordinator with a fax sent to (312) 587-4105 within five business days of taking the DAT.

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