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Any Canadians waiting for Nov DAT scores to come in? I thought we would have gotten them friday ...
 

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Yea, im waiting on them too, hoping I can send them to the schools who still havent made a decision on me yet.
I know it is mailed within 6-8 weeks. and i believe that the 6 weeks is uptoday or tomorrow. I heard the magic date is the 20th, its usually before christmas, just hope that the mail doesnt slow down too much over the holidays
 

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Any Canadians waiting for Nov DAT scores to come in? I thought we would have gotten them friday ...
I heard they came out on the 13th last year so hopefully we'll get them within the next few days.:xf:
 
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wow i hope your right :D, my life has become such a waiting game...
you rewrote the DAT after getting a solid score of 20s?
wow that's determined ;)

im so nervous about my scores..
 

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you rewrote the DAT after getting a solid score of 20s?
wow that's determined ;)

im so nervous about my scores..
my parents MADE me sign up for them before i had any interview offers, they wanted to make sure that I kept my options open in case things didnt work out in the US schools. i REALLY didnt want to write them again. and i didnt find it to be any easy one this year, especially for the carving!

I hope I did well on carving this time :xf:
i never do well on carvings... i dont think that they reflect my dexterity because i get so nervous that my sweaty hands make my soap start to sud up.. haha
i know a lot of schools are putting less emphasis on it because there have been a few studies where they found that carving score is unrelated to how well you actually do in dental school!
 

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hey fellow canadians,
I am waiting for my nov dat score too, but I am not very optimistic about my carving score. I just got a mail from case saying I need to send them nov dat :(
do you know if us schools look at carving?
 

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my parents MADE me sign up for them before i had any interview offers, they wanted to make sure that I kept my options open in case things didnt work out in the US schools. i REALLY didnt want to write them again. and i didnt find it to be any easy one this year, especially for the carving!
that's funny. I was in the same situation with my parents. so I wrote the Canadian DAT in Nov.. shame :(
 

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hey fellow canadians,
I am waiting for my nov dat score too, but I am not very optimistic about my carving score. I just got a mail from case saying I need to send them nov dat :(
do you know if us schools look at carving?
carving is about the only thing that consistently i'm good at. i'm worried about every other section.

American schools don't look at the carving score, but people have said that interviewers have commented on their carving score during the interview. I don't think the carving score can hurt you..it'll only benefit your application if you do well.
 

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What up y'all?

Just out of curiosity... how did you guys find the Nov DAT? Did anyone find it particularly easy or hard? I found PAT and RC to be easy, Chem fair, and bio really difficult. I thought the carving diagram was fair but it ended up being a little difficult because the soap they gave us was harder than normal for some reason and I had to apply more force during the carving. As a result, I had to go really slow to make sure that I didn't chip anything and time became a factor.

I'm also curious as to how the difficulty of a particular test can affect one's scores given that the one's scores on the Canadian DAT are based on a comparison with the average scores of the entire test taker pool. Ie. If the test is relatively easy and many ppl score high, does this make it difficult to achieve high scores? Because to score well on the Canadian DAT, you essentially need to separate yourself from the majority of test takers, yes?

I find myself more at ease with the way the American DAT is scored as I knew that as long as I'm able to get a certain number of questions correct, I'll score well regardless of how other ppl are scoring.

I'm probably just overthinking things but does anyone have any ideas?

Good luck to all those that are waiting!
 
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oreoson

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What up y'all?

Just out of curiosity... how did you guys find the Nov DAT? Did anyone find it particularly easy or hard? I found PAT and RC to be easy, Chem fair, and bio really difficult. I thought the carving diagram was fair but it ended up being a little difficult because I the soap they gave us was harder than normal for some reason and I had to apply more force during the carving. As a result, I had to go really slow to make sure that I didn't chip anything and time became a factor.

I'm also curious as to how the difficulty of a particular test can affect one's scores given that the one's scores on the Canadian DAT are based on a comparison with the average scores of the entire test taker pool. Ie. If the test is relatively easy and many ppl score high, does this make it difficult to achieve high scores? Because to score well on the Canadian DAT, you essentially need to separate yourself from the majority of test takers, yes?

I find myself more at ease with the way the American DAT is scored as I knew that as long as I'm able to get a certain number of questions correct, I'll score well regardless of how other ppl are scoring.

I'm probably just overthinking things but does anyone have any ideas?

Good luck to all those that are waiting!
yea, RC was by far the easiest out of all the DATs I took :) But isn't cDAT curved also? if not I am doomed for bio :scared:
 

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yea, RC was by far the easiest out of all the DATs I took :) But isn't cDAT curved also? if not I am doomed for bio :scared:
yeah, that's what I'm sayin'... the Canadian DAT is curved. So if it's a relatively easy test, it might be hard to score high. But, like most ppl are sayin', the bio section was hard so you shouldn't worry too much for that section as long as you didn't bomb it.

So how many time did u take the DAT? Do you think the test is getting progressively more difficult?

Another situation that I've always wondered about that is unique for us Canucks has to do with the limit of three DAT tries that is enforced by most, if not all, US schools. Does taking the Canadian DAT count as a try? Hypothetically, can you still take the US DAT three times even after taking the Canadian DAT a few times? I was fortunate enough to score well on my first US attempt but I have friends who took the DAT and didn't score so hot and will likely re-take.
 

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yeah, that's what I'm sayin'... the Canadian DAT is curved. So if it's a relatively easy test, it might be hard to score high. But, like most ppl are sayin', the bio section was hard so you shouldn't worry too much for that section as long as you didn't bomb it.

So how many time did u take the DAT? Do you think the test is getting progressively more difficult?

Another situation that I've always wondered about that is unique for us Canucks has to do with the limit of three DAT tries that is enforced by most, if not all, US schools. Does taking the Canadian DAT count as a try? Hypothetically, can you still take the US DAT three times even after taking the Canadian DAT a few times? I was fortunate enough to score well on my first US attempt but I have friends who took the DAT and didn't score so hot and will likely re-take.
I e-mailed bot the CDA and ADA people who administer the DAT test, asking them if it matters that I was going to take the Canadian DAT within 90 days of taking the American DAT. Neither Association cared and reassured me that the canadian DAT and american DAT can be considered two separate entities that don't communicate with one another.
 

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i cant believe you guys remember all those qs.. all i remember is staring at something that looked like a hairball and trying to decipher if it had true leaves and roots...

anyone have their scores yet?
 
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