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I could really use some advice!

th.bbbb

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I took DAT for the first time this past Friday, and I'm not sure if I have any chances for this year's cycle with this score... I honestly do want to retake because my QR and PAT scores are awfully low. I definitely wasn't prepared for them, but I wanna hear back from what others think and get some advices.
I have already submitted all my letters of recommendation (from 2 science professors and 1 dentist) and transcripts. I just need to finalize my personal statement and submit it.

Here's my stats though:

Illinois resident
oGPA: 3.70
sGPA: 3.56 (major: molecular and cellular biology)
DAT: 20 AA // 20 TS (21 BIO // 19 GC // 22 OC) // 21 RC // QR 17 and PAT 15 (awfully low)
Shadowing:
- ~110 hours at the dental clinic (administrative and clinical intern)
- Global Dental Brigades @ Honduras (included volunteering and shadowing physicians/dentists)
(No research experience)
Work experience: barista at a local cafe

Should I retake DAT and not apply this cycle?
or should I apply and where would I be capable of or have a bit of chances?
I am thinking about UIC, SIU, University of Louisville, University of Minnesota, Case Western
Where should I add or take out?

I'd really appreciate the help asap!! :(
 
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th.bbbb

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Definitely retake to raise your PAT. Most schools have cutoffs at 17/18 subscore.

Also it's somewhat late in the cycle, maybe apply next year? You won't feel rushed studying for a retake. Also, if you've already graduated, you can work as a paid dental assistant or a part-time gig to save some $$$ for some nice loupes when you start d-school :)

Would it be possible to retake and still apply this cycle? and notify them that I'm retaking it and update them with the new score?
 
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Would it be possible to retake and still apply this cycle? and notify them that I'm retaking it and update them with the new score?
if you retake which is 90 days minimum after your first test, you would be kinda late with your score, even if you got a 25. you already got a 20AA so you can kill your retake provided you retain all your knowledge. to bring up the PAT score, i would invest in more resources, namely CDP royal flush since it has no expiration with trains and 10 practice exams. pair that with dat bootcamp 3 months before your retake and youll bring it up easily. the more practice exams you expose yourself to and doing the trainers everyday, that 15 will be an afterthought.
 
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