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Should I retake the DAT?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by USCbiograd, Feb 28, 2007.

  1. USCbiograd

    USCbiograd 7+ Year Member

    Here are my scores:
    Gen. Chem-23
    Org. Chem-21
    Reading Comp.-20

    This is the second time that I have taken the DAT. I thought that these scores were competitive, but I was not accepted this year. Would it be worth it to retake the DAT for a third time in hopes of scoring better?
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  3. lgwdnbdgr

    lgwdnbdgr 10+ Year Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    I doubt the DAT is the reason you were not accepted. Are there any other red flags on your app?

  4. USCbiograd

    USCbiograd 7+ Year Member

    Nothing that I can think of. My overall and science GPA were 3.6, I did research for a year, volunteer work, I felt my letters of recommendation were strong, and I shadowed 5 different dentists (although most were only for a single day)
  5. xdianaax

    xdianaax In memory of Riley Jane Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2006

    When did you submit your app, and how many schools did you apply to?
  6. EnviroDentist

    EnviroDentist 2+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2007
    I got a 16 on the O chem section, but all my other numbers were good AA 20 PAT 21. Both schools I interviewed at bragged on my scores and I'm waitlisted at one, but from the opinions on here, my scores are just slightly above average, if not now average.
  7. TexDDS

    TexDDS 5+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    I'm with lgwdnbdgr on this one. There is something else in your application or during your interview that is keeping you back. I wouldn't put a whole lot of trust in some of the scores you see on this site. There is nothing to keep people from inflating them.
  8. OceanBlue

    OceanBlue HA! I knew it. 2+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    There might be a couple of things that associate with you not getting in.....
    #1) Are you interviewing skills sharp? (do plenty of mock interviews)
    #2)did you take the MCAT? (some schools don't like that...they assume you're not committed)
    #3) are your records clean?
    #4) good personal statement?

    ~I personally think it might be your the schools to find out why and improve on it next time. Best to luck to you, buddy! :)
  9. jmick101

    jmick101 Kung Fu DDS 10+ Year Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    I would re-take for sure, those scores are awful.

    Seriously though, I am going to assume that you applied late. It seems like anytime after July is too late this cycle.
  10. USCbiograd

    USCbiograd 7+ Year Member

    I did only apply to one school and my application was marked complete mid September. I guess I will sharpen up my interview skills, apply earlier and to more schools next time around. Thank you all for your input, it is greatly appreciated.
  11. SHC1984

    SHC1984 Banned Banned 5+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Those scores aren't awful. They aren't the best but they are at least average. What are your scores??

  12. license2drill

    license2drill PGY1 5+ Year Member

    May 17, 2006
    One school...that could be your problem
  13. armorshell

    armorshell One Man Freak Show Dentist Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    Could be?!?
  14. reapply2007

    reapply2007 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2006
    I saw a thread last fall that suggested applicants apply to an average of 8-9 schools. Then again - the AADSAS fee for 8-9 schools is approx $600. $600 X 12000 applicants = 7,200,000 clams. This seems like a lot of money for ADA application pass through functions. Maybe the 8-9 school numbers are just ADA propaganda.
  15. how much do you have to pay per school? 800 dollars for 8 schools sound stiff to me.
  16. pre-dentalguy

    pre-dentalguy Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2006
    Retake the DAT... LOL>... Hell NO!!! You're golden!!
  17. sacjumpman

    sacjumpman 2+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    What school was it?

    No matter what, you ALWAYS run a chance with only ONE school! You are a good applicant, but ONE SCHOOL?!? :rolleyes:

    edit to add: And the original posting, if I were you I wouldn't retake the DAT unless I knew for certain that I had significantly more time to devote to studying than the previous times. If I knew I had more time than yes, I would retake, those scores should be good, but if they were better and you applied to a dozen schools, someone's sure to pick you up.
  18. USCbiograd

    USCbiograd 7+ Year Member

    I only applied to MUSC. I am going to obtain a masters degree and then reapply. Thanks you all for your help.
  19. Dauber

    Dauber Big Baby Jesus 2+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2007
    Are you from South Carolina? They accepted only 3 out of staters last year to 51 in staters.
  20. CaliDDS

    CaliDDS 2+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2006

  21. USCbiograd

    USCbiograd 7+ Year Member

    Yes, I am a South Carolina resident

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