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Official ATDH Scores


Official Admission Test for Dental Hygiene (ATDH) scores are submitted electronically to ADEA DHCAS directly from the ADA-ATDH (American Dental Association). Paper copies are not accepted.

Official ATDH scores from the American Dental Association can be received by ADEA DHCAS at any point during the application cycle, even after your application is submitted; however, some programs may have a deadline by which they want your scores posted. Once your official ATDH scores are attached to your application, they cannot be removed. Your ATDH scores will also remain attached to your application if you re-apply.

ATDH results are reported to you and dental hygiene education programs approximately five weeks after the close of each administration window. Scores are available by December 22. If you took the test multiple times, all testing attempts are reported.

Note that ADA offers a 50% fee waiver for individuals who experience severe financial hardship. Fee waivers are granted on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more about this program, visit the site.

Submitting Your Official ATDH Scores to ADEA DHCAS

  1. Enter your DENTPIN in the Other Information section of the application. Additionally, enter your date of birth in the Biographic Information section. These must be listed for your official scores to be matched to your application.
  2. Go to the American Dental Association site and request your scores be released to ADEA DHCAS. Check with the American Dental Association about their turnaround and processing times.
  3. After the American Dental Association processing, scores are sent to ADEA DHCAS in batches and then posted to applications every weekday. You can view scores attached to your application in the Standardized Tests section of the Check Status tab.

Missing Test Scores

It is your responsibility to follow up on any missing ATDH scores in a timely manner. Before contacting ADEA DHCAS customer service, first confirm if and when the American Dental Association sent your scores to ADEA DHCAS.

If you confirmed that the American Dental Association sent your scores to ADEA DHCAS and your scores are not posted at least one week after your test date, contact customer service and provide them with the following details:

  • First and last names
  • Date of birth
  • CAS ID
  • Test date
  • Date scores were sent by the American Dental Association

We will use this information to determine if we have received the batch and to locate your scores, if possible. If your scores aren't found, we will contact the American Dental Association to troubleshoot.

Note: if your name or date of birth appears differently on your ATDH than it does on your ADEA DHCAS application, your scores will not automatically post to your account. This often happens with applicants with hyphens, apostrophes, etc., in their names. Wait until the American Dental Association processes the scores, then contact customer service so they can manually connect the scores to your application.

Program Requirements

Each dental hygiene program decides if they accept or require ATDH results as part of their admission process. Contact your program directly to learn their requirements. Currently, the following ADEA DHCAS programs require the ATDH:

  • Indiana University School of Dentistry
  • Louisiana State University
  • Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
  • Tennessee Wesleyan University
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