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Failed 1st Try, what's wrong with my stats?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by N24601, May 16, 2014.

  1. N24601


    May 16, 2014
    Hey everyone,
    So I applied last year with a 3.5 GPA 3.52 sGPA
    DAT first try:
    AA: 20
    PAT: 22
    QR: 20
    RC: 21
    BIO: 18
    CM: 20
    OC: 20
    TS: 19

    and I got interview at UW (in-state rejected), tufts (waitlist), USC (waitlis), UNLV (rejected)
    flat out rejected by LLU, creighton, maryland, BU, San Fran (i was late for this one so its my fault), BU (they didn't process mine and when I asked, it was too late), Columbia, Louisville
    grey area: OHSU (I got an email for being in the competitive group but never heard back from them since then)

    I have roughly 300 hours of shadowing 225 GD and 75 Specialist
    I volunteered at an afterschool program, and also active members in many clubs in my school

    I know my stat is pretty average, but I was disappointed that I did not even get in one of the schools.
    I am planning on working on my DAT and personal statement to reapply again this year.
    Any advice for me??

    oh and I was WA resident and I have switched to OR, hoping that it'll help with my chances at OHSU. but i prob wont apply to UW since they are not very OS favored.
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  3. free99

    free99 Moderator 5+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    Your stats are fine, evidenced by the four interviews that you got. Being that there's less than a month until June 4th, I'd suggest turning your attention toward interviewing skills. A few suggestions that come to mind - Practice responding to common questions, put yourself in foreign social situations that force you to interact with strangers, think a lot about why you want to be a dentist and learn how to frame your experiences in such a way that supports this goal. Good luck, I think you'll have a nice round two.

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  4. joeeeey3

    joeeeey3 5+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2011
    I agree with the above poster. I think you should try to improve your interview skills. For me, I went to multiple job interviews, even the ones I didn't really plan on working at, just for the sake of improving my skills. Also, if you have time I think you should retake DAT to get a higher score although your current score is avg.
  5. ILLchief

    ILLchief 2+ Year Member

    Oct 16, 2013
    no need to retake your DAT.

    4 interviews and no acceptances = bad at interviewing.

    you still got a shot at U$C for the waitlist tho.
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  6. AVB2104

    AVB2104 2+ Year Member

    May 17, 2013
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  7. jeffity

    jeffity 7+ Year Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    When did you apply?
  8. amfassz


    Aug 30, 2013
    apply earlier u was late
  9. N24601


    May 16, 2014
    Thank you for your replies. I will try to work on my interview skills. I applied around Aug-Seb. I will try to get everything in by Jul this time, although some professors are hard to tract down during summer time.
  10. N24601


    May 16, 2014
    Also, I am having time picking schools to apply to. I learned my lesson to stay away from UW, LLU, Maryland and Columbia with my stats. Any advice for which schools I should apply for next time? (btw i am switching to OR resident)
  11. bpester

    bpester 2+ Year Member

    May 22, 2013
    Don't really have any advice to add, but failures not the right word bud. You got four interviews, obviously the schools believe you are a competent applicant on paper. At the very least you should be more familiar/comfortable with the interview process now.
  12. wiseman22


    May 19, 2014
    Wow, those are great stats. Though the 4 interviews are a great start, and like they said, definitely work on the interview skills. Practice with friends, and even better, ask the dentist you shadowed all those times to perhaps do a mock interview with you/critique you.
  13. MBlue16

    MBlue16 5+ Year Member

    Sep 7, 2012
    I agree with what everybody else has been saying. Looks like the only thing holding you down is your interview "score." I know it's a bit tricky with schools like USC, because they don't really interview you, they just evaluate you during the trial PBL session. But, if you expect a traditional interview, you should go over some typical questions and practice them orally. This was really helpful for me and it made a whole lot of difference in how I felt after my interview. Last year, I felt good after my interviews. This year, I felt super awesome after my interview!! and sure enough, I eventually got in.

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  14. N24601


    May 16, 2014
    oh wow, this site is awesome! I always try to research at least an hour before my interview, so I know the "right" questions to ask. I usually get really nervous too because it was my first time applying so I spent most of the time feeling amazed to finally reaching that point. Thank you, I will certaining look for this site for the next cycle.
  15. dentalWorks

    dentalWorks Nights Watchmen 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2009
    Sterling Hts, Mi
    When did you apply?
  16. distressstudent

    distressstudent 2+ Year Member

    Sep 3, 2013
    OP said around Aug-Sept. Don't know if it was more august or more sept.
  17. N24601


    May 16, 2014
    It was the end of Aug.

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