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Is it too late if I take the DAT on 7/18??

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by chef, May 14, 2007.

  1. chef

    chef Senior Member 10+ Year Member

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    Hello,
    I will be submitting my AADSAS in early June, but I probably will not take my DAT until 7/18. Is that too late? this will be my first time taking the DAT. If 7/18 is way too late, when is the last date I should take it. Thanks for any help!
     
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  3. djeffreyt

    djeffreyt Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    IMO

    No that is not too late. I took the DATs on 7/18 last year. I applied to 10 schools and got interview invites for 5 of school before December 1st and 1 school after December 1st. I cancelled 3 of my applications in September once I got 4 interviews lined up. I had 3 acceptances on December 1st, and cancelled all my other interviews and applications the next day when I put a deposit down on my #1 school.

    Just score well and turn your secondaries in as soon as you can, and you'll be fine. July is not too late, but if you score poorly, it will suck cause you'll have to wait 90 days to retake the test, by which time, it will not be too late...but it will be harder to get the attention of schools as quickly.
     
  4. dudewhensmydat

    dudewhensmydat You stay classy. 2+ Year Member

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    I took mine 10/24/06 and it didn't hurt me; yeah - it was a huge risk, but it worked for me as I scored well. Good luck.
     
  5. lifeisgood

    lifeisgood the original 5+ Year Member

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    August 30th here. Just do well and it really shouldn't matter much. As Dr. Jeff said, keep in mind that if you do poorly and need to retake, you have to wait 90 days. That said, good luck!
     
  6. keibee82

    keibee82 Blue_tooth... 2+ Year Member

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    Took mine middle of August. You are good to go, don't worry.
     
  7. Regmata

    Regmata Member Dentist 10+ Year Member

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    I took mine in august, got interviews at 9 of 10 schools I applied too...so I'd think I wasn't behind the cycle one bit. Take it when you are ready and will do well.
     
  8. aggie-master

    aggie-master Scrub 7+ Year Member

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    I took mine on July 24th and got into all three schools where I applied.

    My advisor suggests that people take it by June 30th but she said that if another month of studying will raise your AA one or two points then go ahead and try to take it by July 31st instead.
     
  9. UtahDad

    UtahDad Member 2+ Year Member

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    Took mine on July 30th and it worked out great. The danger is to actually take it and not keep pushing it back and back (which is easy to do with a standardized test). I was originally scheduled to take the exam on May 15. Still, just as many posts above explain, you will likely do fine even taking it as late as mid August. Remember, nearly all schools will accept your unofficial test scores (faxed to them) in order to review your file. I would imagine that they will want you actual results prior to interview invites however.
     

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