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GPA question

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by ATLATLATL, Apr 9, 2007.


    ATLATLATL 2+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    this is a fairly broad question i must say
    but wat i wanted to ask was wat is a pretty decent gpa for a fairly competitive school?
    do u think adcom looks at ones gpa more versus dat score? hmmmm i for one i'm not the best at standardized tests.....i tend to freak outtt:eek:
    but i was just wondering wat a more competitive gpa would be in ya'lls opinion?
    like a person who has a 3.1 vs a person who perhaps has a 3.9....if one scored a 19 on the dat(3.9) and the other scored a 21 (3.1) would that be i sd it's a fairly broad question but help me out
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  3. jackbauer!

    jackbauer! Guest

    Jul 2, 2006
    West of MLK
    ummmmm 3.9/19 takes the cake anyday.

    just do the best you can do....log off SDN and do some serious studying. SDN is addicting and can be very counterproductive.

    best of luck, jb!:)
  4. infernobutterfl

    infernobutterfl Pyro user 7+ Year Member

    May 26, 2005
    the comparasion is a little off. it makes more sense comparing a 3.9 GPa with 19 dat to a 3.1 GPA with 25 DAT. But even that, the higher GPA has an advantage, I think.

    I wish it weren't the case since I do have the lower GPA. :confused:
  5. dmd2011

    dmd2011 Random Hero 5+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2006
    Philadelphia, PA
    i think the 3.9/19 has the advantage although it really depends on the school.
  6. BodybldgDoc

    BodybldgDoc Guest

    Jan 13, 2007
    In your closet
    higher gpa will always have the advantage over a lower gpa because if a person has lower standardized scores it could attribute to a person being a bad test taker but if a person has a lower gpa then that attributes to a person not being hard working unless of course the person had extenuating circumstances and professional schools always give the person with a higher gpa the edge over someone with a lower gpa.
  7. diane07

    diane07 2+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    In answer to your first question . . .

    Check out

    To see some of the stats of those accepted

    Of course people could exagerate their scores, but it will still give you an idea

    ATLATLATL 2+ Year Member

    Jan 9, 2007
    goodness after lookin at that i c that the trend for 2007 was definately towards 19's and 20s and 21's....gpa avg about 3.5-3.7...hmmmmm....interesting...thanks
  9. danbarr

    danbarr 2+ Year Member

    Sep 10, 2006
    tough question, the 3.99gpa(19 dat), if all he/she has just a high gpa, it won't help. I'm sure by now you know the committe looks at shadowing/work experience among other things in the candidate application, it can't just be about the GPA, but with that said, if both students have work experience , research,etc, probably the higher GPA will take it. I think anything above a 3.0 with a descent DAT score will get in somewhere. :D :D :D
  10. bruinpredent

    bruinpredent UCLA School of Dentistry 7+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2006
    keep in mind that represents a vary small minority of applicants, the creame of the crop if you will. there are only, what...200? 300? people who have posted scores, out of the ~12,000 that apply and ~4,000-5,000 that get in.

    but yes, the entry stats are going up

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