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any suggestions on studying for the perceptual ability section?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by highfly413, Aug 25, 2002.

  1. highfly413

    highfly413 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2002
    hey, i'm ryan richard. i'm from ocala, fl and i'm a junior at Furman University in SC. i'm getting ready to start studying for my DATs...and i'm kinda worried about the perceptual ability section. anybody have any tips on improving in that area?
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  3. hopefully

    hopefully Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2002
  4. hopefully

    hopefully Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2002
    Kaplan's perceptual ability practice exams on paper and computer was very helpful. The computer practice sessions help you to visualize the objects 3-D.
  5. ibo man

    ibo man Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 1, 2001
    Practice, practice, practice. When you do the top-front-end view count the vertical and the horizontal lines. Sometimes it help eliminate some of the wrong answers. When I do the easy questions first eg angle ranking, cube counting, and hole punching. I usually score higher because, when I guess on the answer, I'll be guessing on the tough questions. Instead of spending all my time on the tough question, then I might not have enough time left to finish the easy questions, thereby making a guess on the easy questions. In other words do the easy questions FIRST, and do the hard questions LAST. Good luck, let me know if this helped.
  6. vixen

    vixen I like members 10+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2000
    upstate ny
    I would say practice....there are diff methods for the cubes, such as counting all the blocks first and "mentally" labeling each one....the angles I do with my first impression/look....the keyholes and top/end/front take awhile for me, so I need to keep practicing them.
  7. sjdent

    sjdent Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 17, 2002
    My advice is to get my hands on as many practice tests and special books as I could. It will probably pay off in the long run, and you can always sell them later. When I interviewed at one school, I went into their book store to look around. They had tons of test preps for the DAT! I got three books solely about the PAT. They really helped.

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