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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Plugger, May 12, 2002.

  1. Plugger

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    Hey Yah-E,
    I've checked out the Nova web site and I am considering applying for next year. Wow, school in Ft. Lauderdale, must be pretty sweet. I'd like to no what you think of my chances. My stats again, Canadian, GPA 3.9, DAT academic-19, Pat-15, HOWEVER, I am going to write the US version in July or August to try and improve that PAT score. It finally hit me, if I'm going to pay atleast 30Gs for tuition, I might as well go to a place where the weather is usually nice- consider it a very, very expensive vacation. I would like your advice on when and how to apply. Should I apply in June or what. I want the school to assess my newer DAT scores, not the old ones. How does it work? Apply, then have my DAT scores sent? Can they begin to assess my application without the DAT scores or what? Thanks for all your input. Also, what do you know about case western-sounds like a fantastic clinically oriented school. Is Nova similar?
     
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    Plugger,

    Thanks for asking me for advice! Answering your questions...

    1) Q: Should I apply in June or what?
    A: Yes, you have great academic stats!!!

    2) Q: I want the school to assess my newer DAT scores, not the old ones. How does it work?

    A: To apply to U.S. dental schools, you must use the AADSAS application (only some U.S. dental do not use this application service). In the AADSAS application, there is a section for you to fill in your Canadian DAT scores that you already have and there is another separate section for you fill out your future DAT date! You simply just put what date you'll attempt to "write" the U.S. DAT version.

    U.S. dental schools will see on the application that, "OK, Plugger, has these Canadian DAT scores and he's also "writing" the U.S. DAT on X/XX/2002!! You see what I'm saying?

    3)Q: Apply, then have my DAT scores sent?

    A: When you register with U.S. DAT with American Dental Association (ADA), you will specify which dental schools you want your new U.S. DAT scores to be sent to. ADA people will take care of that, you won't have to do anything since you've already specified which schools will receive your new DAT scores! Again, dental schools will anticipate your new U.S. DAT scores since you've already specified on your AADSAS application that you'll have new U.S. DAT scores coming up on a future date.

    4) Q:Can they begin to assess my application without the DAT scores or what?

    A: Oh yeah, many people on this SDN site have received an interview invite before they even "wrote" the DAT. These applicants have amazing academic stats, I'm sure. But since you've already have a set of DAT scores and great GPAs, dental school admissions committee will definitely look at your application before your U.S. DAT. I've even heard people getting accepted without DAT scores!!

    5)Q:what do you know about case western-sounds like a fantastic clinically oriented school. Is Nova similar?

    A: I know nothing about Cast Western! The stuff I hear are all positive in regards to their clinical exposure! Nova, I know! Nova has an ample patient pool! Nova has a large patient waiting list to be served. At this time, students do not get exposed to patients until after second year (second summer), but there has been rumors that Nova is considering eliminating the first summer off (we have the first summer off after our first year at this time) to start early clinical exposure. Since Nova dental is only 5 years old, the clinical curriculum is constantly changing and changing for the better. Do I believe that I will receive an awesome clinical exposure at Nova? You bet ya, I do! Nova has all Post-Doctoral specialties and AEGD. Plus Nova is a community service based dental school => going around and help the community about their dental service demands and needs.

    So is Nova similar to Case Western? I can't help you on that!

    I hoped that I helped...lots of good questions....remember..there are A LOT of great source of info in this Pre-Dent forum, take advantage of it!

    Also, I'm very glad that you're considering Nova for your dental education! Be sure to visit our class web site at:

    communities.msn.com/NSUCDMClassof2006

    One last thing...as a Canadian, no matter where you go for your dental education in the U.S., your tuition will be pricy, you're right, you might as well take an expensive vacation to Fort Lauderdale!!! <img border="0" alt="[Laughy]" title="" src="graemlins/laughy.gif" />
     

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