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So I am a bit conflicted... with it being August and everyone stressing the importance of applying ASAP I am not wanting to reschedule my DAT. HOWEVER, I feel like I am not scoring well enough on practice tests and I do feel unprepared. (On bootcamp, I score around 20-23 PAT/RC, 17-19 GC/OC/BIO and a whopping 16-17 QR :bang:). I have yet to take the 2009 DAT, I was saving that and based off those scores, I would see if I need to reschedule. I will admit, a lot of the questions I miss on practice tests are stupid mistakes, and I haven't taken any of the tests in a test environment area (i.e. at my house with several distractions). I have already sent in my application and everything has been verified (sGPA 3.85 and non-sGPA 3.89). All of the schools I have applied to have notified me and are waiting on my DAT scores. I was wondering how beneficial/hurtful it would be to postpone 1 week. Everyone says that you shouldn't take it until you are prepared, but will an extra week of studying really make much of a difference? Or will it only hinder my chances of getting interviews by pushing my app to the end of pile? Any advice would be much appreciated!
 
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Just take it! Don't put it off cause you'll just delay everything further. You have a solid GPA, you'll score well with those BC scores. I was scoring way lower than you & I got 20+ on everything (21AA, 22RC, 22QR, 20PAT) except bio (19).. And my GPA is waaaay lower than yours. You're ready, you're just nervous! Save that $100 and spend it on another school instead. Goodluck !
 

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If you have some study material that you didn't quite get through yet- reschedule. I actually pushed my DAT back 2 weeks because I didn't get through the destroyer but went through other stuff, so in those 2 weeks I went over the sources I didn't have time to go over and ended up scoring a 22 in OC and GC. A lot of the questions I saw were those that I learned in the last 2 weeks. However, thats just my story, yours could be different. I drastically improved in that 2 week down time.
 
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I agree with tljnd, just take it. Instead of postponing, just double your efforts in the days before your test. If you are studying 6 hours a day, study ten from now on. This is my first cycle applying but I would begin to get nervous at this date, and it's probably going to be painful waiting weeks for those DAT scores to show up on AADSAS.


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For me a week did wonders. I took an extra 1.5 weeks. I got to relax, go over things for a moment and let my mind approach the test with less anxiety. I was freaking out, my DAT is in 24 hours and I am more relaxed and focussed.
 

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I postponed my dat by 10 days for basically the same reason - my score went from 21AA (2009 DAT taken on the day of my test had I not postponed) to 23AA on the actual dat, so I'm all for postponing if it grants you peace of mind
 
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I postponed my dat by 10 days for basically the same reason - my score went from 21AA (2009 DAT taken on the day of my test had I not postponed) to 23AA on the actual dat, so I'm all for postponing if it grants you peace of mind
Amen!
 

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I postponed my dat by 10 days for basically the same reason - my score went from 21AA (2009 DAT taken on the day of my test had I not postponed) to 23AA on the actual dat, so I'm all for postponing if it grants you peace of mind
Wow o_O. You know I was so tempted to postpone my July 27th date. I'm kind of glad I didn't (even if I got a 24 it would mean I destroy my body that much more with an additional week or two of stress)
 

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So I am a bit conflicted... with it being August and everyone stressing the importance of applying ASAP I am not wanting to reschedule my DAT. HOWEVER, I feel like I am not scoring well enough on practice tests and I do feel unprepared. (On bootcamp, I score around 20-23 PAT/RC, 17-19 GC/OC/BIO and a whopping 16-17 QR :bang:). I have yet to take the 2009 DAT, I was saving that and based off those scores, I would see if I need to reschedule. I will admit, a lot of the questions I miss on practice tests are stupid mistakes, and I haven't taken any of the tests in a test environment area (i.e. at my house with several distractions). I have already sent in my application and everything has been verified (sGPA 3.85 and non-sGPA 3.89). All of the schools I have applied to have notified me and are waiting on my DAT scores. I was wondering how beneficial/hurtful it would be to postpone 1 week. Everyone says that you shouldn't take it until you are prepared, but will an extra week of studying really make much of a difference? Or will it only hinder my chances of getting interviews by pushing my app to the end of pile? Any advice would be much appreciated!
I didn't score as high on practice exams as I wanted for the EXACT SAME REASON. Don't doubt yourself. Mark how many questions you actually didn't know what to do or didn't have a good idea on how it worked. If it's a minor math mistake or you misread it it's not a misunderstanding at all. That is just test taking anxiety/carelessness. Also I guarantee you'll kick my butt in PAT. Lmk if you want help with math though lol I'm kinda bored and wouldn't mind writing out explanations and stuff haha.
 
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If you have some study material that you didn't quite get through yet- reschedule. I actually pushed my DAT back 2 weeks because I didn't get through the destroyer but went through other stuff, so in those 2 weeks I went over the sources I didn't have time to go over and ended up scoring a 22 in OC and GC. A lot of the questions I saw were those that I learned in the last 2 weeks. However, thats just my story, yours could be different. I drastically improved in that 2 week down time.
See this is exactly it. I haven't finished DAT destroyer. I also have only gone over my incorrect answers from my tests once or twice, which is not enough. I was just concerned that one week does not have much of an affect on my test, and it's getting late in the app. cycle so I was trying to weigh pros and cons.
 
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I agree with tljnd, just take it. Instead of postponing, just double your efforts in the days before your test. If you are studying 6 hours a day, study ten from now on. This is my first cycle applying but I would begin to get nervous at this date, and it's probably going to be painful waiting weeks for those DAT scores to show up on AADSAS.


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I know I am very concerned about being late applying.. but I was not sure of how late I actually am because SDN is filled with a bunch of top of the line applicants who submit everything June 1st. lol
 
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For me a week did wonders. I took an extra 1.5 weeks. I got to relax, go over things for a moment and let my mind approach the test with less anxiety. I was freaking out, my DAT is in 24 hours and I am more relaxed and focussed.
Hey good luck to ya! You seem confident which apparently is 50% of how you do well on this test. I think just by reducing my anxiety may help increase some of my scores a little bit.
 
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I postponed my dat by 10 days for basically the same reason - my score went from 21AA (2009 DAT taken on the day of my test had I not postponed) to 23AA on the actual dat, so I'm all for postponing if it grants you peace of mind
I also think that there is no way I would do any worse a week later.. I doubt I am capable of changing my scores as much as you did, but you give me hope!
 

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Hey good luck to ya! You seem confident which apparently is 50% of how you do well on this test. I think just by reducing my anxiety may help increase some of my scores a little bit.
I took my exam today. The week PAID OFF $$$$$$$. Haha
 

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I know I am very concerned about being late applying.. but I was not sure of how late I actually am because SDN is filled with a bunch of top of the line applicants who submit everything June 1st. lol
It's good that you're concerned. I wouldn't stress over it, but definitely the earlier you apply the better. I know what you mean though, in real life all of the people I know who have been accepted to dental school applied later, say August or so. It's not a make or break. People definitely tend to be top-of-the-line here haha but I think that's a great thing as far as conversations and advice go. Best of luck to you!