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standard score or percentile on DAT?


Junior Member
10+ Year Member
Aug 21, 2006
  1. Pre-Dental
-Which one is more important?

-Also, if DAT score is like so so (around 18-20) but GPA is pretty good or not so high GPA with super DAT score, which one has a better chance?

p.s. sorry if someone else has posted this. I'm just curious to know



Ultra Senior Member
10+ Year Member
7+ Year Member
Oct 25, 2006
  1. Dentist
Okay let's say you have two AA scores and percentiles:

Student A with 24 (95%)
Student B with 21 (94%)

Obviously student B got the harder test because about the same # of test takers got his/her score or lower for that particular test. But if I were looking at the scores I think I'd notice the 24 over the 21.

Seriously, anything 21+ would be great.

And for the GPA/DAT question, I think it depends on the school you are applying to. Some schools want a higher GPA. Others look at the DAT as a good predictor of dental school performance. Figure out which one of yours is better, then figure out which schools want that one to be high. Then apply to those.

TBH I think a high DAT will give you a better edge than a high GPA, simply because enough people can get a 3.7 or higher but the DAT seems to be designed to average around a 17 with a nice spread. I got a 26 AA; had I gotten a 20, I doubt I'd have gotten into so many schools (maybe only a couple).

Had I gotten a 19 with a 3.8 instead of a 3.46, I'm sure I'd have gotten into a bunch of schools but I don't think it would have been as many.
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