Dental Aptitude Test

15% Overall Weighting

  • All applicants must take the Dental Aptitude Test (DAT) administered by the Canadian Dental Association. The test is conducted each year by a number of universities across Canada, including the University of Saskatchewan.
  • The test can be written in November and/or February each year. The deadline dates to register for the DAT are September 15 and January 15  respectively.
  • DAT results are valid for a period of three (3) years. Valid test dates for the 2017-2018 intake are February 2014 to November 2016 inclusive.  DAT scores from February of the year admission is being sought will not be considered.
  • DAT scores older than February 2014 will not be considered.
  • If an applicant has taken more than one DAT, the single best overall DAT score will be used.
  • For further information or to apply for the DAT, contact the CDA at (613) 523-1770, fax: (613) 523-7489, e-mail: or through their website

The applicable scores from the DAT will be those earned on:

  • Reading Comprehension (1/3)
  • Academic Average (1/3)
  • Perceptual Ability (1/3)

Applicants will not be considered for admission if they have, in their best DAT score, achieved any of the following:

  • An Academic Average score of less than 15 or
  • A Perceptual Ability score of less than 14 or
  • A Reading Comprehension score of less than 14

In order to be considered for admission, applicants must demonstrate a minimum DAT average (average of the Academic Average, Perceptual Ability and Reading Comprehension scores) as determined by the Admissions Committee.  Over the past three years, the minimum DAT averages were as follows:

  • Saskatchewan residents: 17.00 (2015), 17.00 (2014), 15.00 (2013)
  • Out of Province applicants: 20.00 (2015), 19.00 (2014), 18.00 (2013)

Eligibility is weighted on Academic Average (65%), the DAT (15%), and an interview (20%).