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What are good DAT scores?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by USCbiograd, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. USCbiograd

    USCbiograd 7+ Year Member

    I realize that in the past scores of around 18 in AA and PAT were acceptable for admittance to a Dental school. But now things have gotten so much more competitive, What do you all think is an acceptable DAT score for admittance to an average Dental program (AA, PAT, and TS)? Is an 18 PAT to low now?
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  3. Snahster

    Snahster 2+ Year Member

    Nov 9, 2006
    Aim for 20 and above. Seems like that is the new "average." Also I don't think there is an "average" dental program, they are all hard to get into.
  4. TexDDS

    TexDDS 5+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    20 is the new average. ADCOMS have readily admitted that it is moving that way here in Texas. The weight of the PAT score varies by program. Some want higher numbers than others.
  5. SHC1984

    SHC1984 Banned Banned 5+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I would said 20 for AA, 20 for TS and 18 for PAT. Schools usually don't care about PAT as much (my state school doesn't at least..). But everything else is important. If you have at least a 19 on every section and a 20 AA/20TS you should be fine! :)
  6. GoDucks69

    GoDucks69 some dude 5+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2006
    San Francisco, CA
    It always depends on your GPA and other parts of your application. Also if you are really low in one section it will hurt your chances.
  7. USCbiograd

    USCbiograd 7+ Year Member

    My lowest scores were an 18 on PAT and an 18 on QR. Everything else was 20+. Do you all think that an 18 on QR will hurt my chances of acceptance in future application cycles?
  8. pmantz

    pmantz Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    I don't know, probaly not. QR is a pain in the A$$, I think there was something like 1 minute per problem and about 50% of them weren't the easiest. An 18 in RC would hurt you more then a 18 in QR. Don't worry about it just make sure you have a well rounded application. Although the average DAT is rising every year, its still just an average.
  9. Rev Balls

    Rev Balls 2+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    a score like mine will be acceptable.

    hahahha...j'k buddy.....

    18 on PAT should be ok. But make sure u rock the other stuffs.

    Rev Balls.

    D-Skool.....there we come.
  10. TheNobleTooth

    TheNobleTooth 2+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    Vancouver, Wash
    Like others here have said, shoot for 20s and above.

    Who cares about your percentile as the dental school admissions committee more than likely will look at your raw score. I heard that the score report sent to the dental schools only has your raw score.

    Good luck.
  11. Dauber

    Dauber Big Baby Jesus 2+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2007
    Well, look at the average DAT score for the school you want to go to. Then, compare. If you have a much higher DAT, then they will be more impressed with you as an applicant since the average they let in last year was less than your score. Obviously, as stated above, the higher the better. So shoot for 20's? Shoot for 30's, why not?
  12. dizzle23x

    dizzle23x 10+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2005
    i don't think schools really care all that much about QR. however, some schools do care about the PAT. But if you have 20+ and a decent gpa then you'll get in somewhere. just do some shadowing, make sure you have a few ECs, good recs, apply early, and don't be awkward during your interview :luck:
  13. toothfairy85

    toothfairy85 Guest

    Aug 22, 2006
    I don't think there are too many schools that look at QR as much as the other sections. I made a 14 on QR and got accepted... but I would still shoot for at least the 17-18 range on QR.
  14. sashr4

    sashr4 New Member 2+ Year Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    i got accepted to NYU.

  15. lemoncurry

    lemoncurry tequila mockingbird Administrator Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Aug 20, 2006
    my TS was a 20 but i have a 17 in GC which bothers me, but my AA was 22. VCU didn't seem to think i should take the DAT again for next year.
  16. gatormichigan

    gatormichigan 7+ Year Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    24 because my friend with a 23 got into every single one of her school BUT the one she wanted to go to..........
  17. Red Falcon

    Red Falcon 2+ Year Member

    Oct 21, 2006
    In 1990, 16AA was the average entering DAT score for US dental school applicants. If you had that score, you could expect dental school acceptance as long as your GPA was a 3.0 and higher. If you had a 16AA with a 3.3 or higher, you were golden. Then in the late 90's, the scores began to kick up as more people applied to dental schools. 17AA was the new entering average at most dental schools, and people with 15's and 16's were still getting in, although fewer in number than the early 90's when competition was much less aggressive. Not as many worries back then.

    Now, the trend seems to be that 18AA DAT will get you in somewhere with an excellent GPA and solid background. Anything less than that and you are taking a risk. If the current trend continues, we are looking at 19AA and 3.5 GPA being the new national averages within 2-3 years. The days of scoring in the 'teens on the DAT and getting into dental school appear to be numbered after all.

    I know one of my interviewers smiled and told me that guys like him wouldn't have made it to dental school if they applied now. You really cannot afford to mess up in college today like in the past when a 3.3 and 17 DAT were considered competitive marks. If you had below a 3.0 GPA, you aimed for 18 or higher on the DAT to compensate for that iffy semester of C's and that proved your worth. Shelling out hundreds of dollars for prep books and software was not the norm. Perhaps you owned the blue Kaplan DAT book, and that was about it.

    Now you are required to pour over DAT prep manuals and gut out loaded semesters of college not for 18's on the DAT and half-A's and half-B's, but for a majority of A's and 20's and higher on the DAT to be considered a competitive applicant at many upper-tier schools. Predental students have little idea how much is asked of them today (academically and financially) compared to students as recently as 2000. So as we move toward the end of the decade, the competition for a seat at US dental schools continues at an unprecedented pace.
  18. darksky

    darksky 2+ Year Member

    Feb 22, 2007
    dat is a joke ! dat needs major overhaul !!
  19. STIG

    STIG 7+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2004
    I almost have the same stats with you exp that my QR is 22. (GPA 3.8)

    I am still in no school, but then I applied in FEB. lol
  20. PZMO

    PZMO 2+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    feb ha.
  21. djeffreyt

    djeffreyt Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2006
    A+ = Perfect = 100%
    A = Great = 90%
    B = Good = 80%

    thus 80th percetile...depending on which score your are talking about, is around 19 for any one of the scores.

  22. dudewhensmydat

    dudewhensmydat You stay classy. 2+ Year Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    20+ in each section; Cum & Science GPA above 3.5...and don't blow it on your interview; i think this is the best way to get into dental school; it seems that anything below 20 is just not acceptable anymore

    Good luck
  23. dudewhensmydat

    dudewhensmydat You stay classy. 2+ Year Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    I'm sure it's easier than the MCAT. Nevertheless, the test is nerve-racking because of its importance and weight, which is why I still think it was a tough hurdle to jump.

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