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Adelaide Dentistry Entrance Information

Overview:
Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)
Type: Undergraduate – 5 years – Full Time
Campus: North Terrace, Adelaide
SATAC CODE: 314122
Information: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/degree-finder/2012/bds_bds.html

Academic Requirements
Pre-requisites – One of either Chemistry, Mathematical Studies, Physics or Specialist Mathematics AND one of either Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics.

Assumed Knowledge
Stage 2 Chemistry and Physics

Intake per year
84 places (~54 CSP + 30 International students)

How to apply:
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  • Register to sit for the UMAT exam by 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] June 2011 and sit the exam on the 27[SUP]th[/SUP] June 2011.
  • Register for B. Dental Surgery on SATAC by 30 September 2011.
  • Sit year 12 (SACE, HSC etc.) and acquire an ATAR.
  • Receive interview offer via the tracking website.
  • Attend the interviews if you are offered.
  • Offers are released on the ~14th January 2012 via SATAC and the tracking website.
  • Second round offers are released on the ~3 February via SATAC.

    Interview offers

    • Are released in late October (Released on the 28[SUP]th[/SUP] of October in 2011)
    • Are determined by your UMAT score alone
    • UMAT cut off was ~83%tile (overall 58) in 2011
    • No UMAT section weighting is used to determine interview offers
    • Applicants are notified via the tracking website (see appendix B)
    • There are no second round interview offers for BDS
    • 330 or so applicants were given an interview in 2011 (competing for 54 spots)

    Interviews

    • Are held in early December
    • You are able to pick a time slot from the tracking website if you are successful in obtaining an interview offer
    • Time slots/ interviews are 20 minutes long
    • ~2 interviewers will assess you
    • You will be asked to remain within an area after an interview and wait until the interviews agree on a score for you
    • If no problems, you will be allowed to leave to interviews
    • You may be asked to re-take the interview if interviewers cannot agree
    • You will NEVER find out your interview score

    Offers

    • Will be released in Janurary
    • Will be released in mail, via the SATAC releases and on the tracking website
    • If you have not received an offer, you will see your position on the merit-ranking list

    Merit Ranking List

    • Is a list of the candidates that shows their ranking against each other, and their probability of receiving an offer
    • Is created in a complex system [to see how it works see appendix C]
    • Uses your interview score, as well as your UMAT and ATAR
    • If the ATAR requirement (cut-off 90) is not met, you will be removed from the merit list (and will no longer be considered for BDS this year)
    • If you do not receive a first round offer, you will see your position on the ranking list
    • If 54 places are offered on the list, person at position 55 will see their position (55) on the list
    • Offers will be made down the ranking list until all the spots are filled and confirmed
    • In 2010, offers were made up to rank 110


    Non-standard entry

    By non-standard, it means people who are currently studying a course at a university. The process is no different for non-standard students, it is exactly the same expect they will use your GPA as well as your ATAR for the academic component of entry. They will consider both to determine your ranking on the merit list. The GPA cut-off is a 5.0 (credit) average. That means if you don’t get that 5.0, you will be removed from the merit-list (the same as not getting the 90 ATAR). And also, it doesn’t matter where you are currently studying, anyone can apply for BDS.

    International Applicants

    • Must complete the PQA (organised through the university)
    • Based on PQA score, are invited the attend an interview
    • Offers for interviews are released ~13th September
    • Interviews are held late September/ beginning of October
    • Offers are released ~20th October

    Post-graduate Specialties:

    • Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Special Needs Dentistry, Dentomaxillofacial Radiology, Forensic Dentistry, General Dentistry
    • http://www.adelaide.edu.au/programfi…rclindent.html

    Course Structure:

    Frequently Asked Question’s

    Interview offers
    Why didn’t I receive an interview offer?
    Because your UMAT score was not sufficient (~83%tile)

    What can I do if I don’t get an interview/ an offer?
    So many options! I have included a useful link in the appendix (D).

    Interviews
    How do I prepare for the interviews?
    There are many threads about this, and I have included a good one in the appendix (E).

    What do I wear to the interviews?
    Again, a whole bunch of threads about this are floating around. I have included one (appendix F).

    Merit-ranking list
    What do you mean by merit-ranking list?
    It’s just the way to organise the candidates to make offers. Please see appendix C for more information.

    Where does my ATAR come into it?
    That’s all to do with the merit-list. Simply, if you do not make the cut-off (of 90), you will be taken off the merit list and not be considered. The ATAR only has a small role to play other than that.

    What do you mean small role?
    When determining the merit-list, it can help differentiate two candidates withthe same UMAT score. If one person had a higher ATAR, that person will be above the other candidate on the merit list. See appendix C.

    Other
    It’s an undergraduate degree, but can I still apply if I have completed a degree?
    Of course! The process is no different and you will be included with all the school leavers. The only difference is that your GPA from your degree (combined for all years) or the STAT test will be used rather than your ATAR.

    Other general FAQs about UADEL can be viewed here:
    http://www.adelaide.edu.au/faq/faq.pl?section=student

    Appendix

    A – SATAC website (SATAC code: 314122)
    http://satac.edu.au/

    B – Tracking website (login with DOB and SATAC/ APPLICANT ID)
    http://health.adelaide.edu.au/tracking/index.php/welcome/login

    C – Merit-ranking list information
    http://www.medstudentsonline.com.au/f100/adelaide-dent-im-still-lost-requirements-13998/

    D – Pack up plan if you are not successful in getting into BDS
    http://www.medstudentsonline.com.au/f64/discussion-topic-1-back-up-plan-14393/

    E – Interview preparation. (It’s a good idea to start from the end of page 15 (for quickreference) )
    http://www.medstudentsonline.com.au/f100/interview-prep-adelaide-dentistry-interview-12649/index15.html

    F – How to dress and other information about the interviews
    http://www.medstudentsonline.com.au/content/prepare-me-69/

    Contact informationSchool of Dentistry
    233 North Terrace
    The University of Adelaide
    SA, 5005
    AUSTRALIA
    dentistry.reception@adelaide.edu.au

    Telephone: +61 8 8303 5256
    Facsimile: +61 8 8303 3444

    Overview:
    Degree: Bachelor of Dental Surgery
    Type: Undergraduate – 5 years – Full Time
    Campus: North Terrace, Adelaide
    SATAC CODE: 314122

    Academic Requirements:
    Pre-requisites – Two of the following:
    Chemistry, Mathematical Studies, Physics Biology
    + UMAT – 85TH Percentile
    + Interviews held in December – Applicants notified in October via Online tracking system

    How to apply:
    + Submit an online application via SATAC by the 30th August
    + Apply on the SATAC website: http://www.satac.edu.au/

    Intake per year
    + 80 places ( CSP + FFP )

    Dentistry Facilities:
    + Adelaide Dental Hospital

    Post-graduate Specialities:
    + Endodontics, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Oral Pathology, Oral Medicine, Orthodontics, Paediatric Dentistry, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Special Needs Dentistry, Dentomaxillofacial Radiology, Forensic Dentistry,General Dentistry
    + http://www.adelaide.edu.au/programfinder/2011/drcld_drclindent.html

    Course Structure:
    + http://www.adelaide.edu.au/programfinder/bds_bds.html#structure

    FAQ’S
    + http://www.adelaide.edu.au/faq/faq.pl?section=student

  • Just wondering, from where are these details obtained?<br />
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    Specifically this:<br />
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      <li>330 or so applicants were given an interview in 2011 (competing for 54 spots)<br /></ul></span>
      From my own head. And some calculations ^^<br />
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      For the rest: mostly my own research of the uni website and SATAC as well as my inside knowledge.
        <blockquote>From my own head. And some calculations ^^<br />
        <br />
        For the rest: mostly my own research of the uni website and SATAC as well as my inside knowledge.</blockquote><br />
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        That's cool. Relieved it wasn't 400 or something haha, that would make things harder eh.<br />
        <br />
        Nice guide, I'm sure it'll be very helpful for future students.
          Thanks and if you think it needs to include something, please tell me!
          I think I got lowest UMAT score in 2010 for an interview. And I *just* managed to get into the course. Although the odds of someone like me getting in are pretty low, you never know. :)
    So if you're in first year uni, will they take your GPA or your ATAR?
      <blockquote>So if you're in first year uni, will they take your GPA or your ATAR?</blockquote><br />
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      They will consider both.
    If first round interviews are given solely by your UMAT scores, they rank the applicants based on ATAR after that (in Dec.)?
      <blockquote>If first round interviews are given solely by your UMAT scores, they rank the applicants based on ATAR after that (in Dec.)?</blockquote><br />
      <br />
      They will rank you via your interview score, then by UMAT, then by ATAR. For 2nd round interviews etc, it is still based on UMAT score.
    Muse, dont suppose you know how many Med interviews there are/how many are accepted?
    I know it is hard to guess, but please predict how many domestic students got interview? I am trying to predict the ratio of domestic interviewed to domestic being accepted (54).
    Hi muse, i wanted to private message you but because i only have 2 posts i cannot send private messages. i posted a thread in Dentistry Entrance, could you give me some advice on my situation? i really want to study dentistry, i don't know what am i going to do if i don't get in. so while i have the time i will do all i can to make sure i can earn a place in BDS, first choice your school!
    [MENTION=5617]miss_universe[/MENTION] so being accepted has very little to do with atar, just umat and interview?<br />
    what if someone obtained an atar of 90 would they still be able to get in?
      Yes, they can still get in. I would say the emphasis is very much on interview, then UMAT (mostly to get an interview) and the least dependent factor is ATAR.
    M