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Help! Two very general questions

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by jy87, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. jy87

    jy87 New Member 2+ Year Member

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    Hello:

    I'm in the process of applying to write the DAT this summer (in ~ late June hopefully).

    I will not be applying to dental school for another 12-15 months after I write the exam, probably closer to the former.

    Although I think I know the answer to the following question, I'm really neurotic about these things :D so if anyone can confirm this for me I'd greatly appreciate it:

    Will any dental schools consider the scores that they receive when I apply to be too old to be acceptable (By that time, 12-15 months old)?

    I think I've read that, depending on the school, the least lenient school will not accept scores that are more than two years old. Can anyone confirm this for me?

    And my second very general question is the following: I'm currently taking 2nd year Orgo and I'm planning on giving myself about 1.5 months to study for the DAT (from mid May to late June). Is this enough time, considering that I won't really have to start studying orgo from scratch and it should be relatively fresh in my head?

    Thanks a lot guys!!! ;)
     
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  3. xdianaax

    xdianaax In memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

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    2 years for the DAT, and I've heard anything from 2 months to 6 months to prepare.
     
  4. dmd2011

    dmd2011 Random Hero 5+ Year Member

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    most schools will take scores up to like 3 years back so 12-15 months is well within that timeframe. 1.5 months is plenty of time to prepare for the DAT if you are disciplined.
     
  5. EnviroDentist

    EnviroDentist 2+ Year Member

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    Scores are good for 3 years.
     
  6. xdianaax

    xdianaax In memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

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    Not in all schools, check the ones you want to apply to...i read 2 on some, better safe than sorry
     
  7. AlphaQUp

    AlphaQUp 2+ Year Member

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    I took my DAT last summer and I'm not applying until this May. You should be fine. As for study length, I studied about 4 weeks and got 20's. I'd say 4-6 weeks should be plenty of time to do well. Good luck.
     
  8. Zanderale6

    Zanderale6 7+ Year Member

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    My scores were 17 months old when I was accepted. ... You'll be fine.
     
  9. xdianaax

    xdianaax In memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

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    Moral of the story is 12-15 months doesn't amount to 2-3 years so you're fine!
     
  10. Nasem

    Nasem 2+ Year Member

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    but the problem is... if you don't get accepted the first cycle you apply and you apply the next cycle, that puts you just on the 2-3 year limit (if not more). Why don't you spend this whole summer studying your butt-off until late augest, and then take the DAT. You not applying for another year or so
     
  11. jy87

    jy87 New Member 2+ Year Member

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    wow! thanks for the replies everyone!

    I think I may take your advice Nasem, you bring up a great point! :)
     

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