• AMA with Certified Student Loan Professional

    Join SDN on December 7th at 6:00 PM Eastern as we host Andrew Paulson of StudentLoanAdvice.com for an AMA webinar. He'll be answering your questions about how to best manage your student loans. Register now!

Advice on retaking the DAT

Hello SDN,

So I took my DAT in August 2015 and these are my scores:

AA 20
TS 20
Bio 20
GC 20
OC 21
RC 22
PAT 23
QR 19

My GPA's are

oGPA 3.48
SGPA 3.57
BCP GPA 3.75
Great upwards trend. 4.00's for the last 3 semesters

If I get straight A's my last semester it will boost my oGPA over a 3.5.

Also I'm a Hawaii resident.

So should I retake the DAT? I really want to get the army HPSP and I will be applying broadly.
 

LuckBloodandSweat

Full Member
2+ Year Member
May 26, 2015
1,368
876
  1. Dental Student
    Wow damn 4.0 for 3 semesters in a row. That's an amazing trend and should erase any doubts of your commitment! You must've had a bit of a rough start, I kinda did too. Your DAT is fairly solid and well balanced; the question is do you really think that getting a 22/23 is going to make a big difference on your application? You have nice GPA numbers and considering you've been getting a 4.0 for 1.5 yrs you should be pretty damn competitive in the big picture. Don't stress the DAT too much but it's really your call here and depends on what you want to put yourself through.
     
    About the Ads
    Wow damn 4.0 for 3 semesters in a row. That's an amazing trend and should erase any doubts of your commitment! You must've had a bit of a rough start, I kinda did too. Your DAT is fairly solid and well balanced; the question is do you really think that getting a 22/23 is going to make a big difference on your application? You have nice GPA numbers and considering you've been getting a 4.0 for 1.5 yrs you should be pretty damn competitive in the big picture. Don't stress the DAT too much but it's really your call here and depends on what you want to put yourself through.

    Yea I definitely had a rough start because I was a high school drop out. I had to start at a community college with remedial classes :(. It was nothing but hard lessons for me but I've learned A LOT and I've definitely matured during my time in college.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: 1 user
    You obviously got serious and started to really focus. Your DAT is plenty competitive and your trend in GPA will be easily noticed. I wouldn't put yourself through another DAT. Great job on the hard work, 4.0 for multiple semesters is tough!

    Yea I was going through a tough transition in the beginning and had no one around me that had the same goals so I decided to stop hanging out with my old high school friends and just focus on getting in dental school.
     
    • Like
    Reactions: 3 users
    This thread is more than 5 years old.

    Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

    1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
    2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
    3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
    4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
    5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
    6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
    7. This thread is locked.