yeah, if you did horribly on the test, why in the hell would you want to share with everyone how you failed miserably on one of the most important test of your life?There is a reason that a 23 is ~90th percentile in some sections, because more people do worse. I BOMBED my first DAT so bad, that I didn't even post a breakdown. I am sure that is how it goes for some people that use this site. I am retaking in the middle of October, so hopefully I will finally be able to post my breakdown then
I don't think it's a sense of entitlement or pride. Rather, it's a sense of giving back to the community. Reading breakdowns on SDN was extremely beneficial to my studies and I'm sure it was to many other people as well.I see it this way.
Most everyone who wants to go to dental school takes DAT pretty seriously and they study hard. They all do.
But getting a 20 vs 25 is probably only a couple of problems apart(maybe a little more), so if certain problems play out to your strength, you can call it your luckiest day of your life.
People who got 4~5 questions that they have no clue or have forgotten, it's their unlucky day.
People who received stellar scores vs who received mediocre scores might have had similar or identical study plans, but how they feel about themselves after the test is completely different.
So, people who received 25 would feel entitled to post such breakdown posts out of pride.
People who received 20 is still proud that they've achieved such respectable scores, but they just don't feel as proud as people who received 25.
I think the bell curve distribution is still being maintained, but maybe with excellent prep materials out there, it might have shifts to the right a little recently.
But don't you worry, scores like AA24~28 are probably 0.1% of the total test taking population.