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DAT scores weighed differently?

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by toothimpression, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. toothimpression


    Apr 16, 2017
    I got my cDAT scores back this week, and I'm wondering if there are certain schools (Canada/USA/Australia) that weigh certain portions of the DAT more than others?

    My AA was 17, and my PAT score was 24. After combining my RC, Bio, Chem, and PAT scores I get an overall of 19. That being said, if there are some universities that weigh the PAT more heavily - my chances of getting accepted would increase.

    Also, when applying to dental schools, do they take into account your total DAT score (19) or just the AA (17)?

    Thank you :)
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  3. Zen0321

    Zen0321 Scrubs are life 2+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2015
    There was a post by @doc toothache that stated the rankings/prioritization of the DAT sections for various american schools, look that up. Unfortunately based on my app cycle this year, a 17 AA wont get you in anywhere within Canada. I also dont know anything about australia so I cant be of help in that sense. From what I read on SDN for AMERICAN SCHOOLS, there are people with similar DAT scores who HAVE gotten in, but they compensated for it with other factors like GPA and ECs. So I cannot tell you about your chances with DAT alone. However if you have the money and time, I'd recommend writing the american DAT this month before the application cycle starts in June.

    Also I dont believe schools average the AA and PAT. It's usually AA + PAT, or AA + RC (reading comp) + PAT.

    I also wrote the canadian DAT and am a canadian student applying to american schools this cycle, so if you have any questions don't hesitate to PM me :).
  4. FeralisExtremum

    FeralisExtremum SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    May 17, 2008
    The PAT score isn't averaged into the AA, it tends to be considered separately and I don't think too many schools prioritize it particularly high. The main score that's going to be considered is your AA. I agree that getting admitted in Canada (or even in the US) with a 17 AA is going to be pretty difficult - I'd definitely plan to retake.
  5. flying nimbus855

    flying nimbus855

    Sep 3, 2016
    Canadian schools differ in what they take. you would have to check out individual websites for that information
  6. asdf99

    asdf99 2+ Year Member

    Aug 1, 2014
    UBC only looks at PAT and AA. Therefore a high PAT can outweigh a low AA. However, I feel that a 17AA is on the low side of things, even with that amazing (congrats by the way !) PAT score.

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