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Which has more weight..GPA or DAT?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by rambo2006, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. rambo2006

    rambo2006 Be a DDS or die trying
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    Oct 28, 2005
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    Hello everyone. I notice that sometimes pre-dents have either a lower GPA around 3.0 and a DAT score in the 20's. Other students have GPAs areound 3.6 and DATs around the national average of around 18. Which is more favorable and why?

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  3. DUBS

    DUBS Senior Member
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    Dec 1, 2005
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    i think it all depends on the individual schools, each school weighs gpa and dat differently. for example, UOP likes to see someone with a really high PAT score than a solid gpa. I believe UCLA emphasizes gpa.
  4. Richnator

    Richnator Senior Member
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    Aug 7, 2003
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    Decent GPA, around a 3.4 is fine. Most schools like DAT scores I think because it is standardized. Some schools are harder than others and some may argue an IVY league student with a 3.3 GPA is more qualified than a no-name school student with a 3.8 GPA. With a standardized DAT test, you can solve that problem. I personally go to a no-name school and my gpa is only a 3.4. So, I guess it helped me prove myself to dental schools.

    Hope this helps,

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