2012 Hottest DAT Study Materials

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What is the 2012's Hottest DAT Study Material?

  1. DAT Achiever

    58 vote(s)
    41.7%
  2. DAT QVault

    23 vote(s)
    16.5%
  3. Topscore Pro

    32 vote(s)
    23.0%
  4. Chad's Videos

    56 vote(s)
    40.3%
  5. Chad's Practice Material (Quiz)

    29 vote(s)
    20.9%
  6. Ross' PAT Videos and 3 Full Length PAT Tests

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Campbells Biology Textbook

    8 vote(s)
    5.8%
  8. Math Destroyer

    41 vote(s)
    29.5%
  9. DAT Destroyer

    61 vote(s)
    43.9%
  10. Kaplan DAT Blue Book

    14 vote(s)
    10.1%
  11. Kaplan DAT Review Notes Book and Materials (from Class)

    10 vote(s)
    7.2%
  12. Kaplan Flash Cards

    1 vote(s)
    0.7%
  13. Kaplan Class (in person)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Kaplon Online Course and materials

    4 vote(s)
    2.9%
  15. Kaplan Free Online Practice Test

    2 vote(s)
    1.4%
  16. Crack DAT PAT

    57 vote(s)
    41.0%
  17. Crack DAT Science

    3 vote(s)
    2.2%
  18. Crack DAT Reading

    22 vote(s)
    15.8%
  19. Crack DAT Math

    7 vote(s)
    5.0%
  20. Cliffnotes AP Biiology Book

    39 vote(s)
    28.1%
  21. Cliffnotes AP Biology Flashcards

    2 vote(s)
    1.4%
  22. Cliffnotes AP Biology 5 Practice Exams

    3 vote(s)
    2.2%
  23. Schaum's Outline of Biology

    6 vote(s)
    4.3%
  24. Schaum's Outline of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  25. Barron's How to prepare for the DAT

    2 vote(s)
    1.4%
  26. Barron's AP Biology Book

    8 vote(s)
    5.8%
  27. ACS General Chemistry Study Guide

    5 vote(s)
    3.6%
  28. ACS Organic Chemistry Study Guide

    8 vote(s)
    5.8%
  29. Undergrad Biology Textbook

    4 vote(s)
    2.9%
  30. Undergrad Gen-Chem Textbook

    4 vote(s)
    2.9%
  31. Undergrad O-Chem Textbook

    4 vote(s)
    2.9%
  32. Rudman's Questions and Answers on the DAT (Red and Yellow Book)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  33. ExamKrackers MCAT Organic Chemistry

    1 vote(s)
    0.7%
  34. ExamKrackers MCAT General Chemistry

    2 vote(s)
    1.4%
  35. ExamKrackers 1001 Questions Biology

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  36. ExamKrackers 1001 Questions General Chemistry

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  37. ExamKrackers 1001 Questions Organic Chemistry

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  38. The Princeton Review: MCAT

    1 vote(s)
    0.7%
  39. MCAT Practice Test - Any

    2 vote(s)
    1.4%
  40. ADA Sample Test

    15 vote(s)
    10.8%
  41. ADA DAT Outline

    4 vote(s)
    2.9%
  42. GodfreyÂ’s Reading Comprehension DAT Test Prep Software

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  43. The UMKC School of Dentistry DAT Prep Course

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  44. The DAT Decoder

    1 vote(s)
    0.7%
  45. StudentDoctor.net

    17 vote(s)
    12.2%
  46. PreDDS (website)

    2 vote(s)
    1.4%
  47. DentalDAT (website)

    3 vote(s)
    2.2%
  48. Other Websites or Material (Post in Comments)

    3 vote(s)
    2.2%
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  1. Philippines03j

    Philippines03j 5+ Year Member

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    Mar 7, 2009
    IT'S the NEW YEAR! Happy 2012 to all you studying for the DAT!

    Last year I created a poll similar to this one.I added a few more resources that were not included on last years poll. Please only vote if you already took the DAT.

    I really tried to include any resource that I could possibly think of or find. If I happened to miss any resources (Usually 1 or 2 that slips by me ;)) just list it in the comments section.

    Hoping this poll helps out any students preparing for the DAT in the year 2012! Goodluck :thumbup:

    ONLY VOTE 1 TIME! PLEASE DO NOT sign into multiple accounts to vote for the same material over and over again in order to make YOUR or anyone elses product seem more recommended than it is. This not only dishonest but changes results and does not help the predental students. Thanks ;)
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2012
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  3. Philippines03j

    Philippines03j 5+ Year Member

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    Mar 7, 2009
    Keep voting :thumbup:
     
  4. Philippines03j

    Philippines03j 5+ Year Member

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    Mar 7, 2009
    Quick update ;) At just over 70 votes here are the current rankings

    #1 TIE- Chad's Videos & DAT Achiever
    #3 Crack DAT PAT
    #4 DAT Destroyer
    #5 Cliffnotes AP Biology

    Vote for your favorite study materials for the DAT! Maybe your favorite will end up on top. :thumbup:
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2012
  5. Toothbud

    Toothbud

    3
    0
    Jan 9, 2012
    Is DAT achiever really the best dat tool I can buy? Whats the reasoning?
     
  6. ChapelHillT

    ChapelHillT 7+ Year Member

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    7
    Nov 13, 2009
    I did take it at the end of Oct 2011, so maybe I'm a touch dated, but I have a big problem with Chad's quizzes not getting more love. The videos are great and obviously necessary before doing the quizzes, but the quizzes are spot on. In my experience/opinion, if you know his quizzes cold, you are in line for a 21+ on each of the chem sections with just Chad alone.
     
  7. Philippines03j

    Philippines03j 5+ Year Member

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    0
    Mar 7, 2009
    Toothbud: In my opinion Dat Achiever is a good study product if you want more practice tests that will challenge you. They generally underestimate your score because they are much more difficult than the real thing. Top Score pro will give you a much more accurate prediction of your actual score so it depends what you want.

    ChapelHILLT: Agree Chad's videos are great for getting familiar with the concepts but practice material is what will get you the higher score. I actually wish I saw more people try out the ACS exam. When I took the O-CHem ACS exam I scored somewhere in the 97 percentile range. 1 month later I took the DAT and with only 1-2 days (couple hours each day) review I scored somewhere in the 95th-ish percentile. Felt like this was spot on also for the chems. :thumbup:
     
  8. phy241

    phy241 2+ Year Member

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    0
    Aug 8, 2011
    Chad videos in my opinion are sufficient to get you a 30 on chem. I used Chad's videos and got a 26 on US DAT. For cDAT, I did about 100 problems in DAT Destroyer, but just went back to Chad's material and got a 30. Just go over them, take notes, do the quizzes a few times, and you should be good.
     
  9. IronJeff

    IronJeff 5+ Year Member

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    0
    Feb 13, 2010
    datQvault is probably one of the most underrated paid resources for the DAT. Really made a difference for me..
    Still, Chad's is without a doubt the best bang for your buck for the sciences (not including bio of course!).
     
  10. phy241

    phy241 2+ Year Member

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    0
    Aug 8, 2011
    I couldn't agree with you more, in terms of randomness and difficulty of DAT biology, I think it reflects it pretty well. I got the same exact same score on the actual DAT twice (US and Canadian) as I did on my practice tests on datQvault.

     
  11. Toothbud

    Toothbud

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    Jan 9, 2012
    Thanks for the explanation...

    However, I have been following this poll since it opened and I couldn't help but notice that any time any of the materials get ahead by a few votes that there will be 5-10 votes just for dat achiever...Isn't that a little fishy?
     
  12. white fang

    white fang Banned

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    Feb 7, 2012

    Good observation, I have not been following this thread but do find it strange that DAT achiever is showing up as popular as it is. When you read breakdowns it seems to be the exception rather than the rule that really thought Achiever was one of the best study materials and I know I didn't find value in it personally.
     
  13. ushaseos

    ushaseos -Classified Information- 5+ Year Member

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    8
    Jan 17, 2011
    Just remember guys - your mileage may vary.

    I credit a lot of my success to Achiever, but it seems you wouldn't white fang (and I am sure you have good reason not to). A lot of people really love Destroyer and I didn't even buy a modern version. I used an ANCIENT 2007 version.

    Its nice that this sort of survey exists so people who are clueless about what to buy have some nice leads they can explore, but it is after all subjective opinion. Take it with a grain of salt.
     
  14. Philippines03j

    Philippines03j 5+ Year Member

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    Mar 7, 2009
    Bumpin... Keep on voting.
     
  15. white fang

    white fang Banned

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    Feb 7, 2012
    Any idea as to how achiever remains on top? I don't understand how it is more popular than things like DAT Destroyer, it seems everyone agrees DAT Destroyer is great while Achiever has very mixed reviews.

    Seems like someone could be gaming the results.

    You should make this a public poll in the future so we can who is doing the voting.
     
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2012
  16. Philippines03j

    Philippines03j 5+ Year Member

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    Mar 7, 2009
    It is difficult to say why Achiever remains on top especially with this not being a public poll. I did make an announcement on the very first thread after I saw similar observations to those made by Toothbud. These polls also play a decent amount of weight on whether students purchase a product or not so it may be as simple as them recruiting (having friends) sign-in and vote for their product. Then again who knows maybe it is just getting the most votes (small sample size).

    I still think achiever is a great aid in preparation for the DAT but in my opinion just not as valuable as some of those others that are constantly mentioned on SDN. I would buy it again if I found my self in the position of studying for the DAT again . Thankfully will not ever happen ;)
     
  17. JonLee

    JonLee JonLee 2+ Year Member

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    Jan 1, 2012
    I didn't notice the other section at the bottom, but I totally vouch for Organic Chem as a Second Language.

    I did good in ochem, but after a year of not looking at it, everything was just a murky cloud in my head. Those two books really helped jump starting my memories of ochem with the concise easy to understand analogies the author uses.

    Anyone that needed to brush up on ochem use these books and agree?
     
  18. Philippines03j

    Philippines03j 5+ Year Member

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    Mar 7, 2009
    Just given this poll a bump...
     

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