|05-07-2012, 09:22 PM||#1|
I have just finish my DAT today. Here is my score.
PAT: 25 (99.0%)
QR: 27 (99.7%)
RC: 17 (24.9%)
Bio: 22 (95.9%)
GC: 26 (98.8%)
OC: 24 (95.7%)
TS: 23 (97.8%)
AA: 23 (98.7%)
Material: DAT Blue book, Bio Schaum, Destroyer, Crack the DAT, DATqvault, AP Bio, Chad's video
To keep you inspired, I would recommend you to read through several thread
These guys, whose DAT is >21, have amazing and inspiring stories to keep you studying.
If you have 2 minutes to kill, watch this video. It helps a bit as in my case.
Bio:Since I only got 22, there are not too much to say. However, considering the fact that I'm a slow reader (look at my RC!), I think 22 is the best I can do. One year before I did the exam, I tested at Kaplan and my score was about 14 or so. I tried to make topic sheets, condensed everything in one to three pages, for example, BioChemistry, Fertilization, Hormones, etc. and then work on the Destroyer. At first I got about 3 wrongs on each 10 questions on Destroyer. It s getting better and better if you maintain a good notebook. You can also go online, search for DAT bio flashcard --> Really help. I would say 90% of the materials are on these flashcards. Read AP Bio, that's more than enough. The DAT is not that detailed. Try to understand, rather than memorizing fact. Think of what is the causation and the result of each behavior. Crack the DAT really sucks. The materials are too hard and irrelevant. I got 14 every time I did CTD, which really pissed me off a lot. It seems a lot but as long as you see the big picture, Bio is quite simple. I start cramming qvault 3 days before the exam and still got 22. Moreover, it depends on your luck, if you got a set of easy questions (like mine without plants + development), you score better.
GChem: I was a Gen Chem tutor, so, it did not take me too much time to study. However, in order to organize your ideas, Chad is the best. I would say go with Destroyer, then Chad and than qvault. Destroyer obviously is harder than the real test but it makes you think about Chemistry. Again, CTD sucks in this portion.
OChem: I am quite fluent at OChem, so, this part is easy for me. Go with Destroyer+Chad for summary and organization. Like G Chem, it makes you think about Chemistry but the real test is much easier than this. I did not do the roadmap. I think it is time-consuming. My test is all about mechanisms, intermediates. Destroyer focused heavily on memorizing reaction scheme. So, it will not beneficial you a lot but consider its huge number and very good T/F tricky questions, I would say Destroyer is the best sources to study then. Again, CTD sucks, it just merely talks about some random guys I have never met in my O Chem courses.
Math: I did Math tutoring in my freshmen and sophomore. So, it is not a big deal for me. Destroyer and qvalt all give you good practices for Math problem. Just be familiarize with it. CTD is somehow useful in this section. This is an opinion from a person who is very good at Math. So, I think my experience may be different from yours
RC: I have to admit that I am a very slow reader. I tried search and destroy method. It helps to save some points but look at my 17
PAT:I am so proud of my PAT score. CTP is the best. However, the test was unusually hard. I studied it 2 days before the test and my score was about 20's. The time distribution during PAT is very important. Try to go very fast with the angle, hole punching and cube counting. For angles, if you don't get it, you don't get it. So, make it quick. For the hole punching, I use my "hugging principles". When you fold something, it must have a line of symmetry. Look at the answer and you can easily determine the correct one. If you guys have any request, I will make a more detailed method guides on this thread. The key hold is just simple, when you look at the answer, try to determine whether it is top/front or end view. It takes time but you ll get used to it. Top/front/end requires extra time, extra effort. So, spend the most time on this section because the more you think about it, the more properly you can figure it out. Patterning folding is not my strong point, I merely use the elimination method, which work sometimes.
Last words: qvault is the best source of material. Destroyers gain more insight about the topic. CTD for PAT, Reading and Math.
If you have already done some researches about schools, would you mind sharing some school selections for my score please?
I have 3.7 GPA, 3.5 BCP and 4.03 Math.
I did about 50 hours of shadowing, 50 hours of volunteering
Member of honor program
Working on 1 research and tutoring a lot.
I prefer clinical school.
So, if you have done the list, please share with me. Thank you
Last edited by Hiep Pham; 05-08-2012 at 12:09 PM.
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