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Chances of getting in now..do I retake DAT??

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by ltgallagher12, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. ltgallagher12

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    Hey all,

    Just looking for some advice. I have already applied to dental school this cycle with the following stats:

    19 AA/19 PAT
    Overall GPA 3.74

    My recommendations/research/shadowing is strong. However I did score low on the OChem section of the DAT (15) . I could retake the DAT in September but it would be extremely difficult with my full time job at the moment. What are my chances of getting in without retaking it? Do you think it is possible for me to get an acceptance without the retake? Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. DetermineDent

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    What schools did you apply to?
     
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  4. ltgallagher12

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    USC
    Western
    UConn
    Howard
    University of Louisville
    BU
    Tufts
    University of Maryland
    UNC
    Case Western
    Temple
    University of Pittsburgh
    Virginia Commonwealth
    Marquette
    MSC
    University of Tennessee
    Oregon Health and Science
     
  5. ltgallagher12

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    One thing to add:
    I have a somewhat unconventional academic background...I graduated in May in biomedical engineering and I now work at a healthcare software company. Not sure if that will hurt or help my application.
     
  6. kyle nguyen

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    I think most people would strongly advise you to retake as a 15 in OC will automatically filter you out in most dental school's initial screening.
     
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  8. ltgallagher12

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    Thank you! I know it's probably the best option, but I'm not eligible to retake the DAT until September 30th (I know it's a little late for this cycle).
     
  9. virtualmaster999

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    Definitely retake, just because of that 15. Since you already applied, I think the best thing to do is to keep on track with everything, and let schools know that you plan on retaking. Your gpa is strong, and I'm assuming you have good EC/shadowing hours. Kill the DAT the second time around, and you'll have a good chance- good luck!!
     
  10. berry9

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    What state are you a resident of?
     
  11. jackjackson1121

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    Your stats are good and definitely competitive. The only issue would be that 15 OCHEM
     
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    Oregon prefers northwestern states, I wouldnt bother with them.
     
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