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Should I retake DAT?

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by patdmd2007, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. patdmd2007

    patdmd2007 Junior Member
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    Hi guys,
    I would like someone's opinion especially from those who knows the ins and outs of the admission process or in similar situation but had been admitted to dental school.
    I took DAT in May and got the following scores:

    QR: 20
    RC: 19
    BIO: 16
    GChem: 21
    OChem: 18
    TS/AA/PAT: 18/19/19

    I know it's probably best to retake it but am dragging it. The only concern I have is my Bio score. I have submitted my application to: UCSF, UOP, UCLA and loma Linda on 7/18 (package has not been mailed out to schools yet). am also going to apply to NYU and USC end of Aug, early Sept as backups. I have not been studying since then but after reading some of the posts (those who got DAT scores 20+), I am starting to get worry. Considering my undergraduate science and cGPA (both are in the 3.2s), they are not that great either. Anyone been accepted to above schools with one of the science DAT being in 16?
     
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  3. Sweeti8286

    Sweeti8286 Senior Member
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    For Cali schools, You will need scores in 20's I believe. They are especially competitive to get into. I saw the rankings back in like 2002 or 2003..whenever they last ranked schools, UCLA and UCSF are among the top 5. You can go to their websites and look for their previous admiting class's stats. If it's not available, maybe you can call or e mail a request in.
     
  4. in a school that teaches bio, having a bio score above 18's kinda expected. 20's ideal
     
  5. allstardentist

    allstardentist All-Star
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    If i were you, I would study and retake it. Honestly, neither ur GPA or ur DAT score is stellar. No offense to you, just giving you my honest opinion. My gpa is about the same as yours, so im trying to do really well on the DAT
     
  6. DDS:)

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    if u really want to stay in Cali, I would retake it for a better chance~
     
  7. patdmd2007

    patdmd2007 Junior Member
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    Thank you all for the comments. You are right, I knew I have to retake it if I want to go to Cali school, just needed wake up call :) . I am also thinking of applying to non CA schools.
     

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