roblesc182

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Hey guys.
I would love to get some opinions on what i should do.
I just took the DAT this morning and was very surprised i scored so low in some sections.
These were my scores:

AA: 18
TS: 18

PAT: 22
OC: 21
GC: 19
BIO: 17 :eek:
RC: 18
QR: 16:meh:

Overall GPA: ~3.7
Science GPA ~3.65

Okay so about the exam. BIO was a hit or miss for me, i felt pretty confident going into the exam as i scored a 21 in the 2009 DAT. Also, i was scoring 19's and 20's on bootcamp every try. What got me by surprise was the amount of human development on the test. Questions were like "During the third trimester the human embryo...." I didn't get many question on Phylums or Anatomy. The only anatomy question i remember seeing was about the Eustachian tube in the ear. Anyways, botched that.
As for QR i was doing very well in BC and averaged 18s. I also completed about 5 practice exams on destroyer. I didn't pace myself at first and realized the first 10 questions were the hardest. I should have just marked the question and moved on. Questions 20-40 were very simple and straightforward, i didn't realize this until i had 15 min left of the exam. So i botched that too.

Will i have a fair chance of getting admitted into some dental schools?
Im a minority and english is my second language. I attended a community college my first two years. Im currently at a university, (TOP ~30 in the nation for biology ~6th for chemistry) getting my bachelors in Biology. I have over 100 volunteer hours and will have two years of research at the end of my undergrad. I volunteer at a non profit extraction clinic as a dental assistant will have over 100 hours there. Lastly, I'm on the exec board of two pre dental clubs at my university. I worked in a pharmacy too. WHAT ARE MY CHANCES????
Thanks in a advance. I feel like i can go play outside after studying every day this summer.
 

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Some schools have cutoffs of no less than 17. That means you probably need to call all the school you plan to apply to and ask about your qr. Personally, if I were you, I would take it again. Only your PAT and Orgo are good, all the others need a work on.
 
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roblesc182

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Some schools have cutoffs of no less than 17. That means you probably need to call all the school you plan to apply to and ask about your qr. Personally, if I were you, I would take it again. Only your PAT and Orgo are good, all the others need a work on.
I was very happy with orgo and PAT. I will most likely retake it. It can only go up from here
 

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If you're not applying this cycle, why not retake it? You have a great GPA so increase your chance with a better DAT score.
 
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Since you've got plenty of time, I'd definitely retake. As you learned from the bio section, they really will pull questions from any and every topic, so try to master every section - you never know what the real exam's focus will be. Let me know if you need any specific advice on preparing for a retake.
 
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Hey guys.
I would love to get some opinions on what i should do.
I just took the DAT this morning and was very surprised i scored so low in some sections.
These were my scores:

AA: 18
TS: 18

PAT: 22
OC: 21
GC: 19
BIO: 17 :eek:
RC: 18
QR: 16:meh:

Overall GPA: ~3.7
Science GPA ~3.65

Okay so about the exam. BIO was a hit or miss for me, i felt pretty confident going into the exam as i scored a 21 in the 2009 DAT. Also, i was scoring 19's and 20's on bootcamp every try. What got me by surprise was the amount of human development on the test. Questions were like "During the third trimester the human embryo...." I didn't get many question on Phylums or Anatomy. The only anatomy question i remember seeing was about the Eustachian tube in the ear. Anyways, botched that.
As for QR i was doing very well in BC and averaged 18s. I also completed about 5 practice exams on destroyer. I didn't pace myself at first and realized the first 10 questions were the hardest. I should have just marked the question and moved on. Questions 20-40 were very simple and straightforward, i didn't realize this until i had 15 min left of the exam. So i botched that too.

Will i have a fair chance of getting admitted into some dental schools?
Im a minority and english is my second language. I attended a community college my first two years. Im currently at a university, (TOP ~30 in the nation for biology ~6th for chemistry) getting my bachelors in Biology. I have over 100 volunteer hours and will have two years of research at the end of my undergrad. I volunteer at a non profit extraction clinic as a dental assistant will have over 100 hours there. Lastly, I'm on the exec board of two pre dental clubs at my university. I worked in a pharmacy too. WHAT ARE MY CHANCES????
Thanks in a advance. I feel like i can go play outside after studying every day this summer.
A lot depends on where you are applying, you have a fantastic GPA, that counts for a lot. The BIO and QR have been problems for quite a few students recently. Feel free to message me and should you decide to retake I will be happy to discuss a game plan.

Dr. Romano and Nancy
 
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Hey guys.
I would love to get some opinions on what i should do.
I just took the DAT this morning and was very surprised i scored so low in some sections.
These were my scores:

AA: 18
TS: 18

PAT: 22
OC: 21
GC: 19
BIO: 17 :eek:
RC: 18
QR: 16:meh:

Overall GPA: ~3.7
Science GPA ~3.65

Okay so about the exam. BIO was a hit or miss for me, i felt pretty confident going into the exam as i scored a 21 in the 2009 DAT. Also, i was scoring 19's and 20's on bootcamp every try. What got me by surprise was the amount of human development on the test. Questions were like "During the third trimester the human embryo...." I didn't get many question on Phylums or Anatomy. The only anatomy question i remember seeing was about the Eustachian tube in the ear. Anyways, botched that.
As for QR i was doing very well in BC and averaged 18s. I also completed about 5 practice exams on destroyer. I didn't pace myself at first and realized the first 10 questions were the hardest. I should have just marked the question and moved on. Questions 20-40 were very simple and straightforward, i didn't realize this until i had 15 min left of the exam. So i botched that too.

Will i have a fair chance of getting admitted into some dental schools?
Im a minority and english is my second language. I attended a community college my first two years. Im currently at a university, (TOP ~30 in the nation for biology ~6th for chemistry) getting my bachelors in Biology. I have over 100 volunteer hours and will have two years of research at the end of my undergrad. I volunteer at a non profit extraction clinic as a dental assistant will have over 100 hours there. Lastly, I'm on the exec board of two pre dental clubs at my university. I worked in a pharmacy too. WHAT ARE MY CHANCES????
Thanks in a advance. I feel like i can go play outside after studying every day this summer.
How does this average to an 18? I feel like you should of gotten a higher AA and TS. For my DAT I got

PAT: 18
OC: 19
GC: 19
BIO: 17
RC: 18
QR: 16

And my TS and AA was an 18. That is very weird. Was my test harder or something so they curved?
 

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How does this average to an 18? I feel like you should of gotten a higher AA and TS. For my DAT I got

PAT: 18
OC: 19
GC: 19
BIO: 17
RC: 18
QR: 16

And my TS and AA was an 18. That is very weird. Was my test harder or something so they curved?
AA is an average of OC, GC, BIO, RC, and QR, but TS is not an average of the science scores. OP's AA came out to 18.2, which rounds to 18. Your AA came out to 17.8, which rounds to 18. TS depends on the 100 science questions, not the scores received for every section. Hope this makes sense.
 
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roblesc182

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AA is an average of OC, GC, BIO, RC, and QR, but TS is not an average of the science scores. OP's AA came out to 18.2, which rounds to 18. Your AA came out to 17.8, which rounds to 18. TS depends on the 100 science questions, not the scores received for every section. Hope this makes sense.
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roblesc182

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How does this average to an 18? I feel like you should of gotten a higher AA and TS. For my DAT I got

PAT: 18
OC: 19
GC: 19
BIO: 17
RC: 18
QR: 16

And my TS and AA was an 18. That is very weird. Was my test harder or something so they curved?
Hey we got pretty much the same scores. Hopefully you can retake this exam and score better with bio and qr. I know it's a difficult pill to swallow after studying for so long. Goodluck with everything!