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Almost afraid to ask.....

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by onamission, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. onamission

    onamission 2+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    ..... I'm planning on retaking the DAT and have already purchased the Kaplan on-line course (I only used Kaplan's book the first time). After seeing a few threads that had recommendations to some people about NOT retaking the DAT, please tell me what you think about these scores and whether or not you'd retake it. I'm starting to stress about having forgotten all my OChem!:eek:

    AA = 18
    TS = 19
    OC = 18
    GC = 20
    Bio = 18
    RC = 20
    QR = 15
    PA = 21

    The 15 in QR is why I'm planning on retaking it. What do you think?

    Oh yeah, and before you ask about my GPA ..... I have an ugly 2.1 from my undergrad 20 years ago (BS Electrical Engineering) but a 4.0 overall since returning to school (this includes all my pre-reqs). This averages out to an ugly 2.55 cum, 2.51 sci & 3.12 BCP. I have learned after an application cycle of pure rejection to only apply to schools that have supplemental apps so that I have a chance to explain my GPA. Does my GPA change your mind about retaking the DAT?
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  3. jackbauer!

    jackbauer! Guest

    Jul 2, 2006
    West of MLK
    yes, retake the DAT and shoot for a 21+. that score coupled with an upward trend in GPA should be enough to get you into a school.

    you may also want to call the schools you're really interested in this summer to get some input; it will bring some attention to your application when you apply again.

    best of luck, jB!:)
  4. ddstobe

    ddstobe 5+ Year Member

    Nov 30, 2006
    Yes, retake. I took it last summer and got 18/21/17, above 3.0 GPA, TONS of dental experience and got zero interviews.
  5. Kane

    Kane A man for all molars. 2+ Year Member

    May 26, 2006
    Question: So school don't care that your low GPA is from 20 years ago?! (I'm concerned about grades from years and years ago.)

    Also, how hard was it getting that 4.0 this time around? What type of school did you select to do that pre-req work at? Do you think the reputation of that school had any bearing on the reception your application got (or, sadly, didn't)?
  6. Kane

    Kane A man for all molars. 2+ Year Member

    May 26, 2006
  7. Lonely Sol

    Lonely Sol cowgoesmoo fan! 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Yea, I agree with everyone on that post, shoot fr 21+, you should be fine!! If you have the motivation of being a dentist then study hard and you can do it!! Just a little heads up, study alot of math, since everyone who took recently said math has gotten really tough!!

    Good luck!
  8. ArmyPreDent

    ArmyPreDent 7+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    so what do you think about the Kaplan online course? Is it good, would you recommend it before taking the DAT the first time? thanks
  9. onamission

    onamission 2+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    ..... already about having spent the money on Kaplan! Thanks everyone. ArmyPreDent: I haven't started the course yet. You can buy it and then give them a later start date because the on-line stuff is only good for 90 days (I'd love to have thought of that scam!)
    Kane: I'll PM you after my microbiology test this morning and fill you in on the details regarding 20 year old grades.
  10. 997GT3

    997GT3 There is no substitute. 10+ Year Member

    Jul 28, 2006
    WTF? Aren't those considered average?
  11. ddstobe

    ddstobe 5+ Year Member

    Nov 30, 2006
    I did most of my science courses at community colleges, that might have something to do with it.
  12. Nasem

    Nasem 2+ Year Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    Lansing, MI
    May I ask how many schools you applied to????

    I am gearing toward the 2009 cycle and I feel my stats will be similar to yours (I graduated in '04 with 3.01 overall GPA), by time I finish all my pre-req, im lucky If I can pull my over all to 3.1 (EVEN If my post-pacc is 4.0)

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