# Angle Ranking — I’m giving up

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#### bila

##### New Member

I’m currently using the Angle Ranking generator for DAT Bootcamp as well as their Pat Trainer and practice tests. On every other section I do a decent job, but for angle ranking I do EVERY SINGLE question wrong. No joke. And when I view their explanations and pictures, I still can’t see how one is bigger! Even if I physically cover the screen with my finger!

I tried all of Bootcamp’s suggestions, like moving slower or further from the screen, flicking your eyes between vertices, comparing to 90° & 180°, the hill comparison, etc. they haven’t helped.

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#### 0Mik3cho

##### Dentgineer
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Try experimenting with your own strategies. I found the Bootcamp strategies OK but wasn't a huge fan of them. I wanted something that worked regardless of angle orientation so things like the hill climb or laptop technique just didn't do it for me. I also wanted to identify the best strategies for different angle types.

My personal strategy for acute angles was imagining an acute triangle for all acute angles then comparing the third side. I found this strategy to be very orientation-independent which I liked a lot. Also helped to tilt my head a bit. For obtuse angles, I would extend one line in the opposite direction to form an acute angle and then use the aforementioned technique. For near right angles, I would extend one line in the opposite direction then imagine a perpendicular bisector to create a reference right angle. I found this valuable because without the extension, the accuracy of my reference imaginary right angle line was suspect. Creating a perpendicular bisector was easy since I could just tilt my head and imagine a vertical line going straight down.

Point is, there isn't a one size fits all strategy. Test different ones and make your own until you find the best strategy for acute angles, nearly right angles, and obtuse angles. And remember, practice makes perfect. I started out with maybe 40% correct but once I got my own strategies, I started breezing through this section.

#### WithLove

##### xoxo
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I would look into getting PATBooster/DATBooster, they offer better tools and features than DATBootcamp.

Start using Booster's analyzer software since it shows you exactly which types of angle ranking questions you're getting wrong and then you can practice those specific angle ranking questions (obtuse, acute, right angles) with their angle ranking generator. If you're struggling with angle ranking this much, you can try practicing with 5 degrees on Booster's generators (they have a setting that lets you do this) and then slowly work your way to 3 degrees. This is something I did and it helped me improve. Best of luck!

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#### S_Diamond_DDS

##### Full Member
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^I second using PAT booster. It was a brand new thing when I took the test, but I’ve heard this is the best current resource for the PAT.

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