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Will taking 2 gap years hurt my chances in this case?

Discussion in 'What Are My Chances? WAMC Dental' started by DapperC, Mar 15, 2019 at 1:11 AM.

  1. DapperC

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    I'm currently a senior, and am busy finishing up several courses. I've started studying for the DAT, but I believe that I will be completely ready by around June. However, that is when applications open up, and I heard that if I don't apply within that first few weeks, it will be harder for me to get in.

    Lets say I do good on the DAT. Despite doing good on the DAT, I still feel like holding on to that good score and saving it for another year for next June. This might be a good choice for me. Here is why:

    -I'm currently doing research, and do not have any publications under my name. Waiting another year will give me at least 2 publications.
    -I've never held a job. I plan to after I graduate this Summer semester.
    -I plan on volunteering at my local hospital again.
    -I will continue to shadow my dentist.
    -I will have enough time to build/write my resume + Get all my letters of recs on time

    Here is my question: 1- Will taking the DAT this year, then holding it until next June to apply for dental school decrease any of my chances? For instance, the schools will see that I took the DAT a year prior and ask themselves "why did they wait 1 year?"

    Another question: 2- I started at a 4 year university, but took all of my Math courses (College algebra -> Calculus 1) at a community college as transient. This ONLY applies to math. All my sciences up to Biochemistry I aced at my 4 year university. I'm not planning on applying to any dental schools that are against any community college credits. I'm really good at the QR section. Will doing really well in the QR section kind of "nullify" this black spot on my record?
     
  2. Punt me

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    Applying in July is still fine. The general rule is that the later you submit (or whenever your files are all received), more difficult it will be. It is, after all, a rolling process.

    Absolutely not. You have a 3 year period with your DAT score. Admissions will not care as long as it is within the time period.

    First, math courses are considered science courses. However, you will not have an issue in your application with this concern. I don't think it's even a "black spot" in your record (maybe if it was a core science course, but it is not).

    If you think you'd have a better chance by taking a gap year, do it. I don't really know much about you to solidly say what to do. Plan to apply once and get in the first time. You really don't want to go through the application process again. Of the reasons you've listed above, the only one that really matters is the time needed for your letters. Assuming that you have everything already, your GPA above average, can get all the letters in time, and your DAT turns out good (20+) when you take it in June or July, I would say just apply and you will be fine.
     
  3. yasc

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    I took a gap year applied the first day the cycle opened in 2017 and didn't get any acceptances. Spent my time retaking the DAT and applied in August this cycle and am sitting on a couple of acceptances.

    Taking a few math classes at a CC should hardly make a difference I spent my first two years at a community college before transferring to a university.
     
  4. OrphanageCaretaker

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    1) Take the DAT in June and apply this cycle.
    2) How do you know you're good at the QR section if you haven't taken the exam? You won't know or can't say that until you take the actual exam. I took my Math and Gen Chem at CC and no one school ever said anything.
     

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