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Should I retake the DAT?

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

  1. USCbiograd

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    Here are my scores:
    Bio-20
    Gen. Chem-23
    Org. Chem-21
    Reading Comp.-20
    QR-18
    PA-18
    TS-21
    AA-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

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

     
  4. USCbiograd

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    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

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

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    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

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    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.
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    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 interview...call the schools to find out why and improve on it next time. Best to luck to you, buddy! :)
     
  9. jmick101

    jmick101 Kung Fu DDS
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    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

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    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.
     
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    Those scores aren't awful. They aren't the best but they are at least average. What are your scores??


     
  12. license2drill

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    One school...that could be your problem
     
  13. armorshell

    armorshell One Man Freak Show
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    Could be?!?
     
  14. reapply2007

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    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

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    Retake the DAT... LOL>... Hell NO!!! You're golden!!
     
  17. sacjumpman

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    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

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    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
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    Are you from South Carolina? They accepted only 3 out of staters last year to 51 in staters.
     
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    NO


     
  21. USCbiograd

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    Yes, I am a South Carolina resident
     

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