Saturday, April 07, 2012

Rising DAT scores


The DAT or Dental Admissions Test measures a dental school applicant's potential for success based on performance in several academic disciplines.  Here is a graph of the rising competitiveness of scores in recent years:


I cannot emphasize more how competitive it is to get into dental school these days.  You must have very good grades and very good DAT scores.  After research and studying recent trends and speaking to Deans of dental schools, I can say with confidence that it is harder to get into dental school than medical school.  I have heard of someone saying, "If I don't get into dental school, I can always fall back on medical school." Wow, how times have changed.  In fact, even since I wrote my book and alluded to the increasing application/acceptance ratio to dental schools these days, there has been an increase in the number of applications for the limited slots available.  There is a rapidly rising number of applicants and the quality of those applicants is rising very rapidly as well.



12 comments:

Ashish Kuriakose said...
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dentist philadelphia said...

Awesome post! I have been wondering about this for some time.

Anonymous said...

Silly!!?? Dr Brandon's Pediatric Dentistry Blog is the most informative, relevant, and well respected among his peers in the field of Pediatric Dentistry. Maybe you two should read previous posts and make a more informed decision before commenting. Keep up the good work Dean,
Todd Brasuell, DDS
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist

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Dr. Dean Brandon said...

I'm sorry Miami Dentist, I accidentally deleted your comment on DAT scores. Here is the post:

I agree with Anonymous... Ashish, this is one of the best dental blogs on the internet and is pretty renowned. I've never heard of your website though, and I do find it interesting that you came HERE to promote your own blog after you said it was "silly." Go figure.

Marielaina Perrone DDS said...

Times sure have changed! Watch now they will modify the tests to bring the scores back down.

Anonymous said...

You might want to review the available statistical evidence regarding the degree of difficulty in gaining acceptance to med or dental schools. Anecdotal evidence can hardly be used to support a conclusion.

Jason said...

You provided information that answers questions I have had for awhile.

Rose said...

A very nice blog!! My husband hounded me for weeks to go to the Dentist! It's so much more enjoyable to put it off though! :)

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Anonymous said...

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Dr. Dean Brandon said...

Good questions, but more than I could answer here. On the blog, there is a lot of info answering all these questions, or at least in a general sense. Specifics should be directed towards your doctor and your child's specific situation and condition.