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DAT Scores Imported Directly into ADEA AADSAS Application

ADEA AADSAS will obtain your official DAT scores directly from the American Dental Association's Testing Services Center and will import them directly into your application.If you take the DAT after your ADEA AADSAS application has been sent to your designated dental schools, an updated application, reflecting your DAT scores will be forwarded to schools just as soon as the scores are received.

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  • What standardized tests are required to apply to dental school?
  • What test scores are displayed on my ADEA AADSAS application?
  • If I have multiple DAT scores, will all of the scores be reported in the ADEA AADSAS application?
  • When I register for the DAT, do I need to designate which dental schools to release my DAT scores?
  • I am re-taking the DAT. Do I need to submit my new scores to ADEA AADSAS?
  • If I applied last year and my DAT scores were reported to ADEA AADSAS, will I need to have my scores submitted again for the 2014 application cycle?
  • Do I report other standardized test scores to ADEA AADSAS (e.g., TOEFL, GRE, etc.)?
  • I am a Canadian student applying to U.S. dental schools. Do I have to take the U.S. version of the DAT if I have already taken the Canadian DAT?
  • How do I report Canadian DAT scores after my ADEA AADSAS application is submitted?
  • Can I delete test scores?
  • Should I send an official DAT score report to ADEA AADSAS?
  • How will I know if my DAT scores have been imported into ADEA AADSAS?
  • Why have my DAT scores not been reported in my ADEA AADSAS application?
  • Will ADEA AADSAS hold my application if I do not report test scores?
  • How can I report "future DAT" test to the participating dental school?
  • If my designated school(s) requires specific standardized test scores other than the DAT, what do I do?
  • If I had an application last year but it wasn't mailed to dental schools, can I carry over any information?


Q: What standardized tests are required to apply to dental school?

A: Dental schools require applicants to have taken either the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) or the Canadian Dental Aptitude Test. Information about the two tests are available at:

Department of Testing Services
American Dental Association
211 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611-2678
(800) 621-8099
www.ada.org

DAT Program
c/o Canadian Dental Association
1815 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1G-3Y6 Canada
www.cda-adc.ca

Q: What test scores are displayed on my ADEA AADSAS application?

A: Your most recently downloaded DAT test scores are displayed in your ADEA AADSAS application. These official scores are downloaded from the ADA, once you have requested the scores be sent to an ADEA AADSAS participating dental school. Keep in mind, however, that Canadian DAT scores are still self-reported by applicants; Any updates to your Canadian DAT Scores should be reported by you, by logging into your application and updating the "Canadian DAT Score" section of your application.

Q:If I have multiple DAT scores.Will all of the scores be reported in the ADEA AADSAS application?

A: Yes. ADEA AADSAS downloads up to four sets of DAT scores. Note that you are allowed to take the DAT test up to three times; in exceptional cases, applicants may make a special request to the American Dental Association to take the DAT a fourth time.

Q:When I register for the DAT, do I designate which dental schools to release my DAT scores?

A: When you register for the DAT, you are encouraged to indicate the dental schools where you would like your scores to be sent.This will ensure that each of these schools can receive your DAT scores directly from the American Dental Association, in addition to your scores being reported through ADEA AADSAS.We realize that when you sign up for the DAT, you may not have decided which dental schools you will be applying to.As long as you have indicated at least one ADEA AADSAS-participating dental school in your DAT registration, your official DAT scores will be imported into your ADEA AADSAS application.ADEA AADSAS includes your official DAT scores in your application that is sent to every dental school you have designated in your ADEA AADSAS application.

Please note that you should contact the ADA to send your DAT scores to any additional dental schools you did not designate in your original DAT application. This will ensure that dental schools received your DAT scores on your ADEA AADSAS application as well as directly from the ADA. Please read the ADA's policy below on releasing DAT scores.

ADA Permission Policy-Please Read

All U.S. dental schools require official DAT scores for each examinee. Official scores are reported electronically to the dental schools you select on your DAT applica­tion. When you select dental schools to receive your official scores, you grant the Department of Testing Services permission to release your official scores to the dental schools you selected on your DAT application.

Additionally, when you select dental schools on your DAT application that participate in a standardized application service (ADEA AADSAS or TMDSAS), the Department of Testing Services will report your official scores to the application services. If your DAT application has no dental schools selected, then you have not granted permission to the Department of Testing Services to release your official scores and your official scores will not be forwarded to the standardized application services.

Schools selected at the time of application are included in the DAT fee regardless of the number of schools selected. You can also request that a score report be sent to your predental advisor at no charge at the time of application. The Department of Testing Services will accept updates to the schools you selected if you submit the update prior to your testing appointment. To update your selections, complete the PDF Score Report Request form available at www.ada.org and e-mail to datexam@ada.org or fax to 312.587.4105.

Q: I am re-taking the DAT. Do I need to submit my new scores to ADEA AADSAS?

A: No. If you are an ADEA AADSAS applicant, ADEA AADSAS will receive updated scores throughout the cycle and will send new scores to your designated dental schools.

For more information on registering for a DENTPIN®, please contact the ADA.

Q: If I applied last year and my DAT scores were reported to ADEA AADSAS, will I need to have my scores submitted again for the 2014 application cycle?

A: No. If you had your official DAT scores sent to ADEA AADSAS in the previous 2011-2012 or 2012-2013 cycle, your scores will be carried over to your application for the 2014 cycle.

Note: When registering for the DAT, the candidate must select the dental schools that they wish to receive their scores. Candidates can select as many dental schools as they wish.After the DAT is taken, ADEA AADSAS will retrieve the candidate's scores and will distribute them to all schools designated in the ADEA AADSAS application. ADEA AADSAS is not able to retrieve official DAT scores for applicants who did not indicate any ADEA AADSAS participating dental schools in their DAT registration.Consult the DAT Guide if you did not designate any ADEA AADSAS-participating schools when you registered for the DAT and you now want your scores to be included in your ADEA AADSAS application.

Q: Do I report other standardized test scores to ADEA AADSAS (e.g., TOEFL, GRE, etc.)?

A: No. ADEA AADSAS does not accept or forward standardized test scores other than DAT scores to designated dental schools. Send scores directly to your designated schools, if required by those schools.

Q: I am a Canadian student applying to U.S. dental schools. Do I have to take the U.S. version of the DAT if I have already taken the Canadian DAT?

A: Check with the dental schools to which you are applying. Many U.S. dental schools accept Canadian DAT results in lieu of the U.S. DAT.

Q: How do I report Canadian DAT scores after my ADEA AADSAS application is submitted?

A: Canadian applicants retaking the Canadian DAT who wish to update scores in ADEA AADSAS may revise that section at anytime during the application cycle. Dental schools may request an official score report as well.

Q: Can I delete test scores from my application?

A: No. All DAT Test scores are reported in ADEA AADSAS

DAT Program
c/o Canadian Dental Association
1815 Alta Vista Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1G-3Y6 Canada
www.cda-adc.ca

Q: Should I send an official DAT score report to ADEA AADSAS?

A: No. Through an agreement with the American Dental Association, U.S DAT scores are shared for all ADEA AADSAS applicants. In the DAT registration materials, do not designate ADEA AADSAS as a recipient of your DAT scores. Rather, indicate at least one ADEA AADSAS participating dental school as one of your selections. This will ensure that ADEA AADSAS receives your DAT scores.

Q:How will I know if my DAT scores have been imported into ADEA AADSAS?

A: Your DAT scores will be imported in your ADEA AADSAS application if:

  • You indicated, when you registered for the DAT, that you wanted your DAT scores sent to at least one ADEA AADSAS participating dental school.
  • You have entered your DENTPIN and Date of Birth in your ADEA AADSAS application

Check if your DAT scores have been downloaded to your ADEA AADSAS application by:

  • Logging into your ADEA AADSAS application
  • In the "My Application Status" section, click on "Official DAT Scores"
  • Next to DAT, there will be a date that your scores were imported into your ADEA AADSAS application.

It may take 3-4 weeks from the date that you take your DAT test for your scores to be reported to and verified by the American Dental Association, and for your scores to be transmitted to ADEA AADSAS.ADEA AADSAS receives updated DAT scores on a weekly basis, imports them into your application, and transmit them to schools within one week of receipt.

Q:Why have my DAT scores not been reported in my ADEA AADSAS application?

A: There may be several reasons why your DAT scores may not be imported into your ADEA AADSAS application. DAT scores are imported into your ADEA AADSAS application when your DENTPIN and date of birth in your ADEA AADSAS application matches the information you provided when you registered for the DAT.

What you can consider:

1. When registering for the DAT, did you select at least one ADEA AADSAS participating dental school?If, when you registered for the DAT, you did not indicate an ADEA AADSAS-participating dental school to receive your official DAT scores, you must go to the DAT website and request a score report to an ADEA AADSAS-participating dental school.Your scores will then be sent to ADEA AADSAS and imported into your application.

2. When registering for the DAT, did you report your date of birth correctly? If you did not report your date of birth correctly when registering for the DAT, ADEA AADSAS will not be able to match your DAT scores to your ADEA AADSAS application. Check with the ADA to ensure that your date of birth was reported correctly in your DAT application.

If you reported your date of birth incorrectly you must:

  • Inform the ADA that you are an ADEA AADSAS applicant, your DAT scores have not been reported in your ADEA AADSAS application, and that it may be due to the date of birth error in your DAT application. Note: The ADA requires that all applicants that request a revision to their date of birth must provide proof (e.g., copy of government issued I.D, driver's license, birth certificate).

Once you have provided required documentation supporting your request, the ADA will update your DAT application indicating your correct date of birth. An updated DAT file will be forwarded to ADEA AADSAS allowing us to match your DAT scores to your ADEA AADSAS application. Note: This process may take several weeks. Please contact the ADA if you have any questions.

3. Did you report your DENTPIN correctly in your ADEA AADSAS application?The DENTPIN you used in your DAT application must match the DENTPIN you reported in your ADEA AADSAS application.If your DENTPIN is not reported correctly, you must log-in to your ADEA AADSAS application, go to the "Account Information" section, enter the correct DENTPIN, and click "Save".

4. Did you report your date of birth correctly in your ADEA AADSAS application?ADEA AADSAS matches your DENTPIN and date of birth to import your DAT scores.Be sure that your date of birth is entered correctly in the "Biographical Information" section of your application.

Note: It may take up to two business days to download your scores from the time that you update your DENTPIN and/or date of birth information in your ADEA AADSAS application.

Q: Will ADEA AADSAS hold my application if I do not have test scores?

A: No. ADEA AADSAS does not hold up the processing of your application if you do not have official DAT scores.

Q:How can I report "future DAT" test to the participating dental school?

A: There is no longer a specific place in the ADEA AADSAS application to report future DAT test dates.You are encouraged to include this information in another part of the application, ie., your essay, or contact your dental schools directly with this information.

Q: If my designated school(s) requires specific standardized test scores other than the DAT, what do I do?

A: Send all standardized score reports directly to the dental schools requesting them.

Q: If I had an application last year but it wasn't mailed to dental schools, can I carry over any information?

A: ADEA AADSAS cannot carry over any applications that were not mailed last cycle. You will have to create a new account and resubmit all information with the exception of your official DAT scores, if you had them sent during the previous application cycle. If ADEA AADSAS received your official DAT scores from the ADA during the previous application cycle, they will import into your new current ADEA AADSAS application. To check the receipt status of your official DAT scores with ADEA AADSAS, log in to your application and click on the "Official Scores" link in the "My Application Status" section of the application. If you are applying to any additional dental schools in the current cycle which you have not previously applied to, you should request that the ADA send your DAT scores to these additional dental schools to be certain they receive the scores both directly and as a part of your ADEA AADSAS application.


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