Should I retake the DAT with an AA of 19

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by zzahid, May 14, 2014.

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  1. zzahid

    zzahid 2+ Year Member

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    Hi there! I wanted some advice from you guys. I just took my DATs and received the following scores:
    PAT:18
    RC:18
    Orgo:18
    Bio:21
    Chemistry:17
    QR:19
    AA:19

    Major:Biology
    GPA: 3.85
    Dental experience: 100 Shadowing hours, 9 months of dental assisting experience.

    I understand that these results are not great . However, they meet the minimum requirement of about 13 schools. I honestly just want to get into any dental school. I really don't have a preference. I'm wondering whether I should go ahead and apply or wait to retake it in August ( the earliest possible time for me) and then apply? I'm worried it'll be a little late in the cycle.
     
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  3. AVB2104

    AVB2104 2+ Year Member

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    Apply early to lots of schools and you should be fine.
     
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  4. Robert California

    Robert California There is no such thing as a product 2+ Year Member

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    Should you retake? No. Not unless you couldn't imagine going anywhere other than Harvard, Columbia, etc. Since you've indicated otherwise, do as others have already advised. Apply broadly and early and let the process work itself out. Good luck
     
  5. larrylu

    larrylu 2+ Year Member

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    Robert California, not in paper business anymore I assume.
     
  6. Robert California

    Robert California There is no such thing as a product 2+ Year Member

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    Do I look like someone who would waste my own time? The paper business is a dying one.
     
  7. Tooth Lover

    Tooth Lover 5+ Year Member

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    I think your stats are fine.
    Apply early and really emphasize your dental experience as well any other ECs you have.
     
  8. Mediumrare

    Mediumrare 2+ Year Member

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    I would contact the schools your interested attending and see what they think. Some may say yes others say no. GPA is fine though
     
  9. wiseman22

    wiseman22

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    Agreed with above, unless you are trying for the top schools those scores should be fine if you improve your extra credentials. I think the best way to go is try volunteering/working in a hospital or school that has a dental school. This way you can make connections at the same time.
     
  10. zzahid

    zzahid 2+ Year Member

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    I got accepted into 4/6 schools including my top choice VCU. Thank you so much for taking the time to offer advice! You guys are wonderful.
     
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  11. dentist32721

    dentist32721

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    Congratulations!
    Where did you apply and where did you get in and where do you plan to go??
     
  12. tooth knockn

    tooth knockn Treat others how you want to be treated 2+ Year Member

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    How early or late did you apply?
     
  13. zzahid

    zzahid 2+ Year Member

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    The application opened May 1, 2014 if I remember correctly. I had everything turned in by the 4th. I believe that is one of the reasons I got lucky.
     
  14. zzahid

    zzahid 2+ Year Member

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    Hey there!

    Since the application process is so expensive I chose to apply to only a few schools that seemed to accept my stats. I applied to MWU ( AZ), LECOM, VCU , Howard, UNLV, Tufts, UCSF. I got into MWU, LECOM, VCU, UNLV. I didn't interview at Tufts since I had already gotten into VCU ( my dream school). I'll be attending VCU in July. Good luck and apply early!!!!!!
     

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