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DAT scores and dental specialty

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Not at all. I had a lower DAT compared to many friends at my school and am doing better than most. DAT has zero correlation to dental school success. The effort you put into school will dictate class rank and grades.
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Big Time Hoosier

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What does the literature say?

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One thing that I do think correlates with success in pre-clinic is the PAT. I know some people who didn't do so well on the PAT and are struggling in lab, while I also know other who did extremely well in the PAT section and are incredible in pre-clinic. Again, it doesn't dictate your success, but I've seen a small correlation between those 2.
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Big Hoss's link affirms what I had already heard anecdotally:

the READING COMPREHENSION Section is the most correlated to success in school (not correlated to anything clinical). The ability to process and comprehend large amounts of info is key.
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