Pre-dental non-trad needs advice!

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For any pre-dent non trads out there who could give some advice, I'd really appreciate it. I'm in a dilemma right now.

For the past 2 years, I've been doing the science prerequisite classes. My plan has been to apply to dental school sometime in May and take the DAT's in June or July.

I went to college and grad school (in a non-science field), worked for 6 years, and decided to make a career change for various reasons.

Here is my dilemma: My overall GPA is a 3.18 (which got pulled down by low grad school grades), my science GPA is a 3.3 (I have a 4.0 average now with my science classes but I took science classes in college almost 20 years ago and did poorly in them. Unfortunately, those old grades are averaged with my current science classes). For the past 2 years, I have retaken the courses I took in college, which are the general science classes.

I have a lot of pressure to score very highly on the DAT because of the lower GPA. But, I am not a strong standardized test taker. Would it be better to delay applying to dental school another year and take more science classes to boost the science GPA? Would taking more upper-level undergrad science classes be sufficient? Or should I just go ahead and take the DAT and apply with my current GPA?

It seems better to apply with your best foot forward as opposed to applying and getting rejected and re-applying. But, it would also mean another year of pre-dental classes and delaying the whole process, so I'm torn!

Any advice or insight on this would be greatly appreciated.


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