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Just got DAT scores...what should I do now?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by DocAnne, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. DocAnne

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    So here is my situation...this is my second time applying to dental school. The first time I took the DAT in August 2009, receiving 16 PAT, 12 QR, 16 OC, 17 GC, 17 Biology, 28 RC. I applied quite late, not getting materials in until the end of September.

    This time I have applied early. I sent my AADSAS application in before mid June and have just retaken the DAT today.

    I am so disappointed with my PAT score. I got 16 again. The breakdown of my scores this time around were:
    16 PAT
    18 QR
    21 RC
    18 Bio
    19 GC
    18 OC
    18 TS
    19 AA

    I feel that this 16 may hinder my chances completely. Since applying the first time, I have made considerable strides to become a better applicant. Whereas I had a 3.3 overall science average in undergrad, I entered a graduate science program to receive 3.67 sci GPA and 3.86 overall GPA.

    I have a Biology and English undergraduate degree, and will finish a Masters this December. I worked at a dental office for 2.5 years and am a weekly volunteer at both Special Olympics and in schools as a mentor/tutor.

    Given everything, I am not sure what to do at this point. I still owe some supplementary fees...but am not sure if I even have a chance at this point. Any thoughts?
     
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  3. OCDFlosser

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    Considering you are a non-traditional applicant, I think you will get AT LEAST a few interviews. The interview will be pretty important; you'll have to defend yourself (considering your DAT didn't improve drastically).
    If I were you, I would pay those extra fees ASAP because that shows you are serious about their school.
    Also, your volunteering, dental experience, and the fact that you have a Masters will significantly increase your chances.

    Be confident. Pay the fees. Ace the interview. :thumbup:

    P.S. Where are you applying? Because that makes alll the difference.
     
  4. DocAnne

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    Thank you for your input!

    I am applying to:
    Boston U
    Tufts
    Virginia Commonwealth
    UBuffalo
    Temple
    New Jersey
    Meharry
    Lousiville
    Arizona ASDOH ATSU
    U Maryland
    Western U (Cali)
    PITT


    I am confident that I would do well in an interview (if given the chance).

    I was SOOOOOO disappointed today to see my DAT results. I had really worked hard to improve on how I had done before.
     
  5. OCDFlosser

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    Your list is very humble. No ivy league! :laugh:
    I'm familiar with most of the schools you applied to. I put a " :thumbup: " next to the ones I think you'll get interviews for (some I'm not familiar with), assuming of course that your Personal Statement is solid :p .

    Don't be too hard on yourself; you're a competitive applicant!

    :D
     
  6. BoxerRumble

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    You should add Midwestern AZ and IL to your list. They seem to look for other things about an applicant besides their DAT scores.
     
  7. RunDMD2b

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    All the best OP, I know how it feels having to pay application fees. This is my first time applying and it's financially & emotionally draining.
     
  8. TheRoni

    TheRoni Dental school attendee
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    I would call the schools and see if a 16 on the PAT is a disqualifier. No need to pay more money if a PAT is not good enough...
    You know though, it looks like you are in a better boat than I am! Good luck to you!
     

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