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Took my DAT on July 27th and the more I think about it the more I'm thinking retake..... In the low GPA club due to a dicey freshman and sophomore year at a community college. I've had an upward trend for the past couple years. University GPA is a 3.5, oGPA 3.0, BCP 3.3, sGPA 3.2. Any advice appreciated.

Bio: 21
Chem: 18
Ochem: 23
PAT: 22
RC: 18
QR: 17
TS: 21
AA: 19
 

predentlove

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i think you should be proud of yourself pulling off those scores!!
but if you don't feel confident and feel like you can do better, you should retake.

whatever you think gives you a more competitive edge..!
 
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Philippines03j

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Take your scores and run :thumbup: There is nothing to be ashamed of here.

AA19 TS 21 PAT22 with a 3.5gpa & 3.2sGpa = I think that looks good on paper ;)
 
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dentalWorks

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IMO, retake (with higher scores ofc) would make you more competitive... but what guarantee do you have that you will score higher? And I mean significantly higher? going from 19 to 20AA isn't much improvement. You need to get 21AA+ to justify the retake.... so what guarantees do you have?

What I think you should do is 1 year informal post-bacc with upper level sciences, assuming you 4.0 all, you'll bring up the GPA (and sciences) to much more acceptable levels. And the upward trend will look very appealing as well.
 
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i think you are an AVERAGE interviewed applicant. if you have lots of good shadowing hours, a few extracurriculars (which are a joke anyway, cause people just join clubs and junk so they can put it on thier app) then apply to 17+ schools, WISELY, get an interview, blow the interviewer away. and get in, God Willing. thats what i think at least......i mean this is SDN and to get in you must have a 4.5 GPA and 34 DAT......oh and you gotta be black or hispanic too.


just look at your pecentiles your probably in 80 somethign percent....you did better than 80 percent of the people taking the exam.....
 

Philippines03j

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The way I am looking at is that you have good scores as it is (just look at your percentiles). If you want to retake you have to wait another 3 months from the day of testing. This puts your next test date at the end of October or Early November which means schools won't get your scores until mid/end of november. SUPER late application is not worth a few extra points on the DAT. Unless you plan on getting AA22+ I am not sure that it is worth it because most schools will have very few if any interviews to give out by then. Just my 2 cents :thumbup:
 
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