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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by bhavsar24, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. bhavsar24

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    Hey guys,

    I just recently took my DAT, and it was kind of brutal. I'm actually very disappointed with the way it went. Here are my scores

    Bio: 20
    G-Chem:18 (ridiculously difficult with the number of calculations I had to actually follow through)
    O-Chem: 19 (I thought I did well...)
    PAT: 21
    Reading Comp: 20
    QR: 16--> I suck at math. Tons of word problems.
    TS:19
    AA:19

    I'm going to wait a few days before contemplating a retake, but I think I will just because I know I can do better on my sciences and QR possibly. I have no idea what happened, maybe nerves.

    My overall GPA is a 3.49 (<--3.5 would look so much better to me haha!) Goofed around first year, but there is a huge upward trend and science GPA is 3.4. Lots of volunteering, shadowing, extracurricular activities. All apps were received about a month ago pending the DAT score.

    I believe I am at or above the average for accepted student? Correct me if I'm wrong. But with these scores, do you guys believe I will have a chance if I do not retake? I think the thing that is making me nervous is that I'm comparing it against SDN members (which I know I shouldn't). I applied to about 24 schools which makes me not want to take it again.

    Any advice/opinions would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. AlwaysSmiles

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    I think that you are fine. With the number of schools that you applied to and the fact that your GPA is competetive, I would leave it as it is. I know people on SDN have been killing the DATs with scores of 26-30, but if you look at school averages, you're still in the game. Good luck! :thumbup:
     
  3. nondescriptive

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    I agree; the score is average for acceptance so don't fret. You could take it again if you want but the risk is high for retakes.
     
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  4. lululime

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    Looks good man, you could have just had a bad day when you "clicked" your DAT.
     
  5. dantemac

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    I would not take again; do not risk the money, stress, and a lower score the second time around. 19AA is nothing to scoff at.
     
  6. NguyenDDS

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    Your scores are great and competitive in my opinion! They are better than mine and I gratefully and miraculously received 2 interviews so far. You have a great chance! Do not retake :) Good luck! :)
     
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    awesome! thanks guys! grateful for the help. Reassurance from other people is always appreciated!
     

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