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Due to personal reason I’m only applying to the Texas schools. I know my stats might look awesome for a lots of schools but I’m only applying to the Texas schools and I know they’re really competitive 🥺 I wonder if my DAT is good enough or should I retake and aim for a higher scores

Overall GPA: 3.95
Science GPA: 3.92
Bio-Chem-Physics GPA: 3.9
DAT score (include AA and all sections):
AA 20, TS 20, PA 22, Bio 18, GC 22, OC 20, QR 20, RC 20
State of Residence: Texas

Undergrad Attended: got my associate at a community college and transfered to a university
Major: Biology
Minority? No (wow I didn’t know Asians aren’t minority)
Reapplicant? No

Shadowing Experience: 130 hrs (mixed between a general dentist, oral surgeon and a pediatric dentist)
Volunteering Experience: 150 hrs (child advocate, nursing home, dog shelter)
Employment: nail tech for 4 years
Research: none
Relevant Honors or Awards: president list
LOR type and strength: 2 letters from science professors at the community college, and one from a dentist (I didn’t shadow this dentist but he has been my dentist/mentor for 4 years and he can speak well on my behalf so I chose him instead of the dentists I shadowed)
Misc Info/Things not stated elsewhere:
School list: Texas schools only
 
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Hey there, just wanna say that it’s not that Asians aren’t considered a minority, it’s that they aren’t an underrepresented minority in the field of dentistry (or medicine I believe). Much luck with your apps though, your stats look good and you have a good amount of hours for your ECs! I would look into the average DAT scores and ranges for the Texas schools to get a better idea of whether to retake or not, tbh I don’t think it’s necessary, especially with your GPA.
 

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Due to personal reason I’m only applying to the Texas schools. I know my stats might look awesome for a lots of schools but I’m only applying to the Texas schools and I know they’re really competitive 🥺 I wonder if my DAT is good enough or should I retake and aim for a higher scores

Overall GPA: 3.95
Science GPA: 3.92
Bio-Chem-Physics GPA: 3.9
DAT score (include AA and all sections):
AA 20, TS 20, PA 22, Bio 18, GC 22, OC 20, QR 20, RC 20
State of Residence: Texas

Undergrad Attended: got my associate at a community college and transfered to a university
Major: Biology
Minority? No (wow I didn’t know Asians aren’t minority)
Reapplicant? No

Shadowing Experience: 130 hrs (mixed between a general dentist, oral surgeon and a pediatric dentist)
Volunteering Experience: 150 hrs (child advocate, nursing home, dog shelter)
Employment: nail tech for 4 years
Research: none
Relevant Honors or Awards: president list
LOR type and strength: 2 letters from science professors at the community college, and one from a dentist (I didn’t shadow this dentist but he has been my dentist/mentor for 4 years and he can speak well on my behalf so I chose him instead of the dentists I shadowed)
Misc Info/Things not stated elsewhere:
School list: Texas schools only
Hard to say, the TX schools are known to be pretty competitive even for IS applicants. Your GPAs are good, yes, but your DAT is pretty average. I think in your case it would be best to apply early this cycle and see how it goes. If by August you haven't heard anything back, then I'd schedule a retake for Sept and send your unofficial scores out but prepare to reapply with these new scores early in May 2022.
 
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