mujin786

5+ Year Member
Jul 24, 2014
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Psychology Student
I took the DAT last month:
PA: 17
QR: 15
RC: 19
BIO: 21
GC: 20
OC: 20
TS: 21
AA: 19

GPA: 3.6 sGPA: 3.35

A bit of info. I was applied to med school last year and mid cycle and decided that was not the path for me after talking and shadowing with med students and physicians. So I decided to shadow and look into dentistry, which I absolutely feel in love with. It also helped that my friend was a phenomenal dentist; and the other dentist I shadowed also further solidified my growing passion towards this field.

However, I'm stuck at the moment as to whether to retake the DAT or not as I cannot apply this cycle because I'm missing a science LOR. My professor hasn't gotten back to me it's been almost 2 months. So, I will be taking A&P this fall and most likely get at LOR from that professor.

My question is, would you retake the DAT if you were in my position?

Thanks for y'alls feedback.
 

helloboys

2+ Year Member
May 18, 2016
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Yeah, I probably would have to take it again if I were you. Your scores all good except QR. What happened there. Some schools have cutoffs.
 
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mujin786

mujin786

5+ Year Member
Jul 24, 2014
6
2
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Psychology Student
Yeah, I probably would have to take it again if I were you. Your scores all good except QR. What happened there. Some schools have cutoffs.
I didn't study for it. I became cocky and just thought I would do well since I did well on my math classes. I was wrong. Is QR really that weighted to make a difference in the whole process?

I'll definitely look into taking it again to improve my QR.
 

DocDoom

2+ Year Member
May 24, 2015
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Dental Student
dont retake. some schools dont have cutoffs for QR and dont put much emphasis on it. apply to those and you stand a good chance of getting interviews. your scores are competitive, and doesnt merit a retake imo.
 

JDent99

2+ Year Member
Jul 12, 2017
35
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Pre-Dental
This is a tough question. Hindsight is 20/20 but if you pull an 18+ on the QR you nearly have an ideal app for many dental schools. Nobody can make the decision for you, but if you retake and get a 22+ with no section below 20 then I think you're a strong applicant who shows improvement. Good luck!