Wow! Double blog posts today, I must really like doing this. Or something. Happy June 1st!
So originally, I prewrote all of my AADSAS-related blog posts and was planning on publishing them one at a time over the course of the next few weeks, but as with all great things, nothing ever goes as planned. I opened up the AADSAS on today just like thousands of excited and anxious dental student-hopefuls across the country and was smacked in the face with a brand new interface and webpage made over to match the century we currently live in. (I’m really okay with it, the old website was kind of an Internet Explorer-worthy eyesore.) The one year I start blogging the darn application has to change on me, rendering all of my
ugly screenshots obsolete. As I stated in my previous blog post on the Professional Experience section of the application, I’m working on getting everything updated so it’s good to go for pre-dentals in the upcoming years.
To be as honest as possible, transcript entry is tedious busy work. No, it’s nothing hard or painfully difficult, but it is a lot of typing and redundant entry. It’s easy, but I wouldn’t suggest you go at it with a
bottle glass of wine on hand. Frankly, you cannot make any errors, or you run the risk of holding up your entire application after eSubmitting and AADSAS finds your alcohol-fueled errors. Be careful, attention to detail is so prime here.
Here’s a link to the video AADSAS had made for transcript entry. It’s actually rather helpful. In fact, I think it’s so good, I’m going to keep my writing to a minimum and direct you to the source themselves. But my brief synopsis with screenshots will be below.
For transcript entry, you’ll need copies of all of your transcripts from all of your colleges that you plan to sent to AADSAS (which needs to be all of them, even the community college you took classes from in high school). Settle yourself in begin working.
Follow the directions presented to you. If you successfully entered all of your Colleges Attended in the “Academic History” section, they will pop up under Transcript Entry. AADSAS will ask you to open a semester and enter in all classes that you took during that time period (Fall XXXX, Spring XXXX, Summer XXXX, etc.):
You’ll be able to enter in all of the information requested. If you’re still in college and entered all of your information up to your junior year info, you must enter in your expected courses and denote their status as “In Progress/Planned” since you haven’t actually taken the class yet. This will gray out the grades boxes and you can update those during the AADSAS’s fall academic update (more info to come).
There are seriously a million different subject options to categorize your classes, so even if you went to a liberal arts college like me, you’ll find a way to categorize your “Sociology and Neurophilosophy of Counterculture and Free Will in the Southwest, with a focus on Third Wave Feminism” class. Options, we like options.
This is new for the 2017-18 cycle, but if you scroll to the very bottom of the page, your designated dental schools’ prerequisite information will follow you. This actually helps categorize your classes, as you can ensure that the classes you took actually line up with the dental school’s categorization of it. Nifty.
Finally, I thought I’d talk about the Professional Transcript Entry service that the ADEA offers. Personally, I didn’t use it and instead just spent a June afternoon completing the steps I outlined above, if I guess if you’re really pressed for time and/or have many different transcripts to enter (i.e. you went abroad, switched undergrad institutions multiple times, or any other scenario in which you’d have an abundance of paperwork following you), it costs $65 for up to three transcripts, $90 for 4-6 transcripts, or $140 for 7 or more transcripts – it’s not cheap whatsoever. Basically, what happens is that Professional Transcript Entry begins as soon as you submit your application and AADSAS receives all of your official transcripts (with transcript matching forms as well!). Once your application is submitted and AADSAS receives all of your official transcripts, they can still take up to ten business days to complete the Professional Transcript Entry order (which sounds like more time than it’s worth IMHO). Your call.
*This post is sponsored by Colorado ASDA
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