DAT retake?

RiYo

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I am planning to re-apply for this cycle for dental schools.
I took DAT and scored: 20AA (22QR, 16RC, 17 Bio, GC 22, OC 23), 21PAT
I am kind of worried about my RC and Bio scores...

My GPA is 3.72 and I have about 300 hours of volunteering and about 250 hours of shadowing

I took my DAT a year ago in the summer of my Sophomore year and I applied without a degree in the early september last year to three schools where degree is not required. I got waitlisted after an interview for one of them, and I got rejected without an interview for the other two schools in late March.

Should I retake DAT in August and apply a bit later than june or is it better to apply early in the june
 

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It appears you are applying to very competitive schools that are looking for higher DAT scores. You want this to be your final time facing the DAT Beast, IMO, I would not worry about the time frame as much as scoring high on the DAT. Would you be fully prepared
early June, which is only a few weeks away. These are questions only you can answer..

wishing you the best and always #think....Nancy

I also noticed the 17 in Bio and reading and I am going to make the assumption that English may not be a first language, if that is the case I would do my best to put a lot more time and effort in those sections to bring up those scores.
 

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It appears you are applying to very competitive schools that are looking for higher DAT scores. You want this to be your final time facing the DAT Beast, IMO, I would not worry about the time frame as much as scoring high on the DAT. Would you be fully prepared
early June, which is only a few weeks away. These are questions only you can answer..

wishing you the best and always #think....Nancy

I also noticed the 17 in Bio and reading and I am going to make the assumption that English may not be a first language, if that is the case I would do my best to put a lot more time and effort in those sections to bring up those scores.

So is retaking necessary for me?
Because yes, english is not my first language and I always have struggled with it so I am not even sure if I could do better even if i retake...
 
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The reason I thought it might be a second language is because students often struggle with Bio because of it, not that you aren't smart there is just a language barrier and there is a lot of reading in the Bio. I don't think you need to retake it, your scores are really great. You might want to contact the schools and ask them about your scores. You have a fantastic GPA and that definitely helps a lot.

Hope this helps and if you have more questions just ask...Nancy
 
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I am in a very similar situation with you. I got pretty good score in other section but a 15 RC. I know it is very frustrating. Since you are only junior in your college now, you still have a lot of time. I retook my DAT last summer in sept. and wait-listed for 2 schools. If I were you, I will try to retake the DAT because higher DAT might help you get into a better school. Otherwise, you can take more classes in college and apply as much school as you can.
 
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