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Questions about Manual Dex and A+

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

  1. jigabodo

    jigabodo Dentist 10+ Year Member

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    Hi all,
    I have got 2 questions:

    On the AADSAS application, there is a section for you to fill out manual dex experience such as playing instruments and etc. How much does that matter to dental school if you don't have any experience?

    How do schools view A+? Do they just treat them the same as A or does it really strengthen your app?


    Thank you!
     
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  3. UJ007

    UJ007 2+ Year Member

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    Check the adsas conversion table, since they are the ones that are going to sending your grades, it works out to 4.3

    https://www.adea.org/webdocs/AADSAS/Newsletter/HPA/HPA_NL0606.pdf

    page 5
     
  4. 1992Corolla

    1992Corolla CheerioKing 7+ Year Member

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    manual dexterity section just gives the adcoms a warm feeling that you use your hands.
     
  5. hotvietboi123

    hotvietboi123 2+ Year Member

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    What activities could help improve manual dexterity? I can only think of painting model cars lol. I use to build robots in robotics club but I don't think that counts.
    Thank You.
     
  6. keving

    keving New Member 2+ Year Member

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    Painting models is good manual dexterity. So is building robots. I'm sure the admissions would love to hear your elaborate on that one! Folding paper airplanes is another good one, or playing a musical instrument...
     
  7. phungy

    phungy Account Terminated 10+ Year Member

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    So an A+ is a 4.333 and an A is 4.000 but what if the univ only gives A's and not A+'s or A-'s? Does that mean univ. that give out A+ will have an advantage in GPA?
     
  8. Streetwolf

    Streetwolf Ultra Senior Member Dentist 7+ Year Member

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    Playing an instrument or a sport that requires you to use your hands. Pottery is a good one too. I am a bread baker at my local supermarket so that works well. Cooking you use your hands sometimes. Juggling or anything of that nature. Some other events you could use your hands that you wouldn't ever write on an application ;)
     
  9. pre-dentalguy

    pre-dentalguy Senior Member 7+ Year Member

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    Dude, your stats are HOT!!!! What study pattern did you use to score 20+ on the DAT????

    Marion
     
  10. phungy

    phungy Account Terminated 10+ Year Member

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    Another question about manual dexterity: does playing video games and working on cars count? :oops:
     
  11. mmasurf

    mmasurf 10+ Year Member

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    its another part of your application and the better stuff you put, the more competitive your are. If you have done lab work, you can say pipetting, gel loading. other stuff can be playing basketball, volleyball, baseball, sculpturing, painting, drawing, any of that stuff, playing the guitar is the best but i am going to laugh when during your interview when they ask you and your like yah iam the best at it, then they go to the closet and take out the guitar hahahahh.
     
  12. Streetwolf

    Streetwolf Ultra Senior Member Dentist 7+ Year Member

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    Took a Kaplan class. Read all the chapters. Did all the online problems.

    That's about it. It helped that I'm a math major too (also bio). My school is also REALLY good with the sciences.
     
  13. jigabodo

    jigabodo Dentist 10+ Year Member

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    I believe most universities have the A+ system. It is just that an A+ is extremely hard to get. About half of the professors I had in UC Davis did not give out A+. Even if the professor gives A+, the numbers of A+ are usually extremely limited, like one A+ in a class of 300.
     
  14. Fonz

    Fonz 7+ Year Member

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    hmm i graduated from Davis and I got 9 A+'s. I think it may depend on the professor too
     
  15. phungy

    phungy Account Terminated 10+ Year Member

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    UF doesn't have A+'s or A-'s. GPA scale is A = 4.0, B+ = 3.5, B = 3.0, etc. I guess I'm at a disadvantage then...
     
  16. pkossak

    pkossak Junior Member 5+ Year Member

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    My school doesn't give out letter grades. It's 4.0, 3.5, 3.0....I feel kind of at a disadvantage as well
     
  17. mknlb50

    mknlb50 7+ Year Member

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    Plus UF B+ translates to 3.33 according to their standard... Ya we're at a disadvantage but there's still hope
     

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