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Gpa Vs. Dat

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Shark007, Oct 17, 2002.

  1. Shark007

    Shark007 Junior Member

    Feb 23, 2001
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    A pre-dental student I met had a undergrad GPA of 3.2 with a DAT score of 22/20. I have a 3.7 GPA with a DAT of 17/17. I said I would rather have his stats, while he said he would rather have mine. Does anyone know which one a dental school is more likely to see as being more important.
    Is a score of seventeen on the DAT too low to get into dental school. If I tried to retake it, it would be in December. I am applying to UNLV and Arizona only, because
    A. I am a Nevada resident
    B. Usually newer schools will accept students with lower DAT scores.

    Any thoughts, suggestions...
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  3. portlander

    portlander Member

    Jun 18, 2002
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    I think you have a great shot at both of those schools. Many schools have averages around 18's and 19's, so there MUST be a good number of people with 17's admited, wouldn't you think?

    As for GPA vs. DAT, eash school has thier own formula for weighing those along with other things in your application, so I couldn't tell you which is more important. The DAT, however, serves as common ground for all dental applicants to be compared against each other.

    Best of luck, I am sure you will get in to one of those schools!

  4. slave4MD

    slave4MD Member

    Oct 12, 2002
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    I'm assuming that you haven't gotten below a 16 on any part of the DAT. I'd say, hold onto your stats and tell him you don't want his.

    Some respectable dental schools offer interviews to applicants with high gpas, prior to receiving their DAT scores.

    However, this never works the other way around.

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