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Opinion on retaking DAT

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by UJ007, May 12, 2007.

  1. UJ007

    UJ007 2+ Year Member

    Feb 16, 2007
    If you guys don't mind can you give me your opinion on whether I should retake the dat. I wrote it last aug and received

    AA 20
    TS 21
    Bio 23
    Ochem 20
    Gchem 20
    RC 22
    QR 17
    PAT 17

    Cum and sci gpa in the 3.3 range. I applied last year around septmeber and ended up getting waitlisted at one school.

    So do you guys think I should rewrite the dat to have a better chance this year, also I plan on applying asap!

    Any comments would be GREATLY appreciated!!!
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  3. SHC1984

    SHC1984 Banned Banned 5+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    only retake the DAT if you are very sure that you can improve AND if you have at least a month or two of "free time" to study for the DAT again.
    how many schools did you apply to last year?
  4. Chrono1984

    Chrono1984 Member 5+ Year Member

    Mar 11, 2006
    No, there are so many ways to improve an application, retaking an already well above average DAT is not one of them. The only real flag is the PAT, but many schools won't turn you down with a 17 (especially after looking at that TS and RC).

    Your GPA is not spectacular, but it also isn't going to sink you. Apply early, and apply broadly.

    Take my advice, as well as any other SDNer's lightly, we are not adcoms. The best thing for you to do is call/email the schools you are considering and ask directly. I would be interested to hear how many tell you to retake the DAT.

    Good Luck.
  5. dmd2011

    dmd2011 Random Hero 5+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2006
    Philadelphia, PA
    those are good scores, you shouldnt retake the test.
  6. 1992Corolla

    1992Corolla CheerioKing 7+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    go with it this cycle and if nothing happens with them, rethink your app and retake.
  7. doc toothache

    doc toothache 10+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    See link on DAT retakes and 06 Ranking.
  8. pre-dentalguy

    pre-dentalguy Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2006

    You're kidding, right?????

  9. UJ007

    UJ007 2+ Year Member

    Feb 16, 2007
    Thanks for all the input. Honeslty I thought those were pretty decent scores, but it didn't get me in anywhere.

    The reason I was considering re-taking it is because I had my application put on hold pending a retake of my dat at one school. It was early in the application cycle and I thought I had chances at other schools... guess not!

    I think they wanted to see a higher pat score?? Anyways, maybe this year.
    Thanks again for all the comments!
  10. pre-dentalguy

    pre-dentalguy Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2006
    You will be fine dude. Good luck to you!

  11. ddstobe

    ddstobe 5+ Year Member

    Nov 30, 2006
    no sh!t

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