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Kaplan DAT info session 2011

  1. 1. The CanadianDental Aptitude Test (DAT)Prateek Lala, MDwww.kaptest.ca/dat1.800.KAP.TEST What is the Canadian DAT? • A test designed to help students assess their aptitude for a career in Dentistry, and to assist Dental Schools in selecting first-year students. • Administered by the Canadian Dental Association • Pencil and paper exam • Offered twice yearly in February and November • Offered both in English and French • Scores mailed back in 6-8 weeks 1
  2. 2. Anatomy of the Canadian DAT• English version: 4 sections (210 questions total) • Manual Dexterity (Soap Carving) (35 min) • Survey of Natural Sciences (60 min, 40 Biology and 30 General Chemistry questions) • Perceptual Ability (60 min, 90 questions) • Reading Comprehension (50 min, 50 questions)• French version: only sections 1-3 above (no Reading Comprehension)Anatomy of the Canadian DATManual Dexterity (scaled score between 1 and 30):• Carving a specified model out of a cylindrical bar of soap specially made for the DATSurvey of Natural Sciences (scaled score between 1 and 30):• Biology and General ChemistryPerceptual Ability (scaled score between 1 and 30):• Angle discrimination, form development, cubes, orthographic projections and apertures. 2
  3. 3. Anatomy of the Canadian DATReading Comprehension (scaled score 1-30):• Ability to read, organize, analyze and remember new information in dental and basic sciences• Passages require no prior knowledge of the topic other than a basic undergraduate preparation in science.• 3 reading passages, 15-17 questions per passage Score 16 17 18 19 20 21 24 Percentile 50th 60th 70th 80th 90th 95th 99thManual dexterity: soap carving 3
  4. 4. Perceptual Ability (PAT)Angle discrimination CubesForm development Orthographic projections AperturesHow does the U.S. DAT differ from theCanadian DAT?The U.S. DAT:• Is a computer based test• Can be taken at any time during the year• Contains a Math section and an Organic Chemistry section• Does not test Manual Dexterity (soap carving)• Cannot be used for admission to Canadian Dental Schools unless you are from outside of Canada 4
  5. 5. Why choose Kaplan?• Proven track record • More than 70 years of test prep expertise • Top-scoring, engaging, rigorously trained instructors: Kaplan accepts fewer than 1 in 6 applicants to teach.• Personalized learning • Greatest number of course options: one size does not fit all • Individual online score analysis and prescriptive feedback through our exclusive Smart Reports™ • Flexibility for you—with free make-up sessions at any Center and online access to every missed class• Higher score guaranteed or your money back • More people get into graduate school with a Kaplan course than with any other major course.The Kaplan DAT course DAT Advantage Course DAT Private Tutoring DAT Live Online CourseStudy time • 14 classroom lessons Choose from 15, 25, • 14 classroom lessons • 45 total prep hours or 35 prep hours • 45 total prep hoursStudy materials Comprehensive Lesson Book and complete Review Notes with class notes, Quicksheets, flashcards, and homework assignments; CDA carving kit + guideTimeline Usually 6 weeks, other You schedule timeline You control the pace (4-6 options available with your tutor weeks suggested)Available anywhere? Call 1-800-KAP-TESTFull-length tests 6 6 63,500 Online questionsFree extra help Online onlyHigher score guarantee 5
  6. 6. Application requirements Always check with individual schools • Deadlines for Canadian dental programs are usually mid- November to early December year prior to admission • Applications are not centralized, you apply to individual schools directly (often online) • Many schools have specific course requirements, which sometimes change (see individual websites) • Most require a DAT score from within the last two years, along with competitive GPA and interviewsNB: this presentation does not cover the two French-language Canadian dental schools Canadian dental schools (2010) English (8) French (2) 6
  7. 7. http://www.utoronto.ca/dentistry/admissions/undergraduate.htmlUniversity of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry• Minimum 3 years (15 courses) of undergraduate education, which must include: One full-year General Biochemistry, one full-year Physiology Two additional full-year Life Science courses One full-year Humanities/Social Science course• Minimum current GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)*, average GPA of those interviewed was 3.75• DAT must be completed within last two years, manual dexterity (carving) score not used in evaluation *If applicant has completed 4+ years of undergraduate studies, the worst year is dropped http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/dentistry/index.php?page=DDSAdmissionsSchulich School of Dentistry (UWO)• Minimum of two years undergraduate education (three years for 2012 application cycle), including prerequisites: One full-year Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physiology• 80% or higher academic average is needed to be considered*• Evaluation : 60% academic, 15% DAT, 25% interview• DAT must be completed within last two years, manual dexterity (carving) and PAT scores not used in evaluation*Two most competitive undergraduate years considered, honours/graduate degrees considered 7
  8. 8. http://www.mcgill.ca/dentistry/admissions2/undergrad/dmd/McGill University, Faculty of Dentistry(4-year program)• Bachelor’s degree required (in final year when applying) Introductory Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Organic Chemistry required Biochemistry and Molecular Biology strongly recommended• Cumulative GPA of 3.5 is current cutoff• Currently, DAT is no longer an admissions requirement http://www.dentistry.dal.ca/prospective/DDS/DDSRequirements.htmlDalhousie University, Faculty of Dentistry• Minimum 2 years of undergraduate work completed, prerequisite courses include: One full-year course Biology, Physics, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry, Writing Two full-year courses in Humanities/Social Sciences One course in each of: Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology• Preference given to residents of Atlantic Canada • Accepted applicant average is A–/A (sciences) • DAT must be completed within last two years, accepted applicant average 19.2 (all sections) 8
  9. 9. http://www.umanitoba.ca/student/admissions/application/deadlines/dentistry/U. of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry• Minimum two years undergraduate studies• Required courses include: First-year Biology, General Chemistry and Physics Second-year Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry One full-year English, one full-year Humanities/Social Science• Preference given to Manitoba residents (25+ of 29 seats) • 2010 Minimum core GPA: 3.75 (out-of-province) • 2010 Minimum DAT score: 20-21 (out of province) http://www.usask.ca/dentistry/admissions/criteria.php?heading=menuAdmissionsU. of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry• Minimum two years undergraduate studies, required courses include: One full-year Biology, Physics, and Biochemistry One half-year General Chemistry, one half-year Organic Chemistry One full-year Humanities/Social Science• Preference given to Saskatchewan residents (22 of 28 seats)• Evaluation: 65% academic, 15% DAT, 20% interview • Minimum 70% average in prerequisite courses, 75% overall in two best years of undergraduate studies • DAT must be completed within last three years, minimum score of 3 on Manual Dexterity, 20 in each section is competitive 9
  10. 10. http://www.med.ualberta.ca/education/ume/admissions/dofd_overview.cfmUniversity of Alberta, Faculty of Dentistry• Minimum two years undergraduate, required courses: One full-year Biology, Physics, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry; one half-year Biochemistry One full-year English; one half-year Statistics• Preference given to Alberta residents (85% of class)• Eval: 30% cGPA, 30% prereq GPA, 30% DAT, 10% interview • Minimum overall/prereq GPA 3.0 (mean 3.68 for 2010 entry) • DAT must be completed within last five years, minimum scores of 15 in Reading Comp, PAT, and Manual Dexterity (means 21, 22, 23, respectively for 2010 entry) http://www.dentistry.ubc.ca/Education/DMD/AdmissionProcedures.aspUBC, Faculty of Dentistry• Minimum three years undergraduate, required courses: One full-year Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and English• Preference given to residents of B.C. (90% of class)• Minimum overall GPA 2.8*• DAT must be completed within last five years, minimum score of 12 on Manual Dexterity• Interview includes 2/3-on-1 + small group PBL session *If applicant has completed 4+ years of undergraduate studies, the worst year is dropped 10
  11. 11. Canadian dental school stats (2009-10)Dental school Applications Accepted* % GPA† DAT† Tuition (total)‡U. of Toronto 462 65 (4) 14 3.85 21 26,375 (34,033)Schulich (UWO) 618 56 (4) 9 89% 20 26,169 (37,438)McGill U. ~400 35 (3) 9 3.80 N/A 13,224 (15,673)Dalhousie U. ~500 32 (?) 6 A 19.2 14,074 (30,453)U. of Manitoba ~250 29 (4) 12 3.7 18-23 15,343 (31,045)U. of Sask. 254 28 (6) 11 89% 19-22 32,960 (42,669)U. of Alberta 377 33 (3) 9 3.87 21-23 20,865 (38,865)UBC 271 48 (3) 18 83.4% 20-22 15,766 (53,726) *Parentheses indicate out-of-province students. †Mean GPA and DAT score of matriculants. ‡1st-year program costs.Canadian dental schools (English)• University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry • University of Manitoba, Faculty of Dentistry 124 Edward Street 780 Bannatyne Avenue Toronto, ON M5G 1G6 Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W2 Tel: (416) 979-4901, ext. 4373 Tel.: (204) 789-3631 http://www.utoronto.ca/dentistry http://umanitoba.ca/dentistry/• U. of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Dentistry • University of Saskatchewan, College of Dentistry Dental Sciences Building B526 Health Sciences Bldg, 107 Wiggins Road London, ON N6A 5C1 Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E5 Tel: (519) 661-3330 Tel.: (306) 966-5117 http://www.med.uwo.ca/ http://www.usask.ca/dentistry• McGill University, Faculty of Dentistry • University of Alberta, Department of Dentistry 3640 University Street 3028 Dentistry-Pharmacy Building Montreal, QC H3A 2B2 Edmonton, AB T6G 2N8 Tel.: 514-398-7227 Tel.: (780) 492-1319 http://www.mcgill.ca/dentistry http://www.dent.ualberta.ca• Dalhousie University, Faculty of Dentistry • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Dentistry 5981 University Avenue 278-2199 Wesbrook Mall Halifax, NS B3H 3J5 Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3 Tel.: (902) 494-2824 Tel.: (604) 822-3416 http://www.dentistry.dal.ca http://www.dentistry.ubc.ca 11
  12. 12. Dental school interview formatsDental school Interview formatU. of Toronto Two dentists (faculty members or alumni) [30 min]Schulich (UWO) CDA structured interviewMcGill U. Dentist + faculty member + dental student [30 min]Dalhousie U. CDA structured interview + personality questionnaireU. of Manitoba CDA structured interviewU. of Saskatchewan 10-station multiple mini-interview (MMI)U. of Alberta CDA structured interviewUBC CDA structured interview + group PBL sessionCDA structured interview• Competency-based interview developed by the CDA • Two/three interviewers, 30-45 minutes• Format consists of a series of questions used to assess non-cognitive qualities, including: • sensitivity to others • judgment and analysis • self control • conscientiousness • tact/diplomacy • communication • integrity• Predetermined questions, behavioural and situational • No right or wrong answers, but how answers are structured will have significant impact on score 12
  13. 13. http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/dental_profession/becoming/specialties/index.aspAccredited dental specialties• Dental Public Health• Endodontics• Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery• Oral Medicine and Pathology• Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology• Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics• Pediatric Dentistry• Periodontics• ProsthodonticsTo learn more:• Visit Kaplan online at www.kaptest.ca/dat, or call us at 1.800.KAP.TEST• Visit individual dental school websites• Visit the Canadian Dental Association website: http://www.cda-adc.ca 13

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