All applicants must take the Dental Admission Test (DAT). The School of Dentistry accepts your most recent DAT score, regardless of whether it is higher or lower than any previous scores. You must have taken the DAT no more than three years prior to the date you submit your application. Canadian DAT scores are accepted.
Your score report must be sent directly from the ADA to AADSAS. When you fill out the AADSAS application, you will receive instructions on how to have the ADA send your score report.
You must submit three letters of academic recommendation as part of your application.
- Applicants must take every effort to ensure all three letters are submitted with the author's original or electronic signature on official letterhead.
- Two of the letters must be from science faculty members under whom you studied in a college or university setting.
- One of the two science faculty letters may be submitted by a research faculty member who guided you on a significant science research project.
- The third letter of choice should be from an instructor from any area of study or dentist with whom you have shadowed within the 12 months prior to the date of your application, and who is able to evaluate your skill, character, and potential for success in the program.
- Committee letters are accepted in lieu of all letters.
All recommendations must be submitted directly to AADSAS. When you fill out your AADSAS application, you will provide the names of your recommenders and their contact information, and AADSAS will contact them via email with instructions on how to submit a recommendation. The email will include a link to an online portal where they will upload their recommendations.
We encourage you to let your recommenders know that they will receive an email from AADSAS with your request for a letter of academic recommendation. The School of Dentistry’s Office of Academic Programs ensures that recommendations are valid by calling recommenders at random.
You must request official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. When you fill out the AADSAS application, you will receive instructions for submitting your transcripts.
We recommend you spend a minimum of 100 hours shadowing oral health professionals in dental offices. It is further recommended that you do your shadowing in at least three general dentistry practice settings. Shadowing in specialty practices, public health clinics, and other environments also counts toward the 100-hour recommendation.
When you fill out the AADSAS application, you will receive instructions for submitting documentation of your hours.
All applicants to the Doctor of Dental Surgery program at Indiana University School of Dentistry are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.
CASPer is an online test allowing assessment of non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. CASPer will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. The CASPer implementation will allow us to enhance fairness and objectivity in our holistic review selection process.
In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.
Please go to www.takeCASPer.com
to sign up and reserve a test using your AADSAS ID number and a form of government-issued photo ID (passport, state driver’s license).
You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule. Always check you spam folder for important correspondence.
Please direct any inquiries on the test to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.
The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com
, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.
CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.