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DAT 23AA/25TS/23PAT

Dentalskier

Full Member
Apr 23, 2020
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  1. Pre-Dental
    I found advice on this site extremely helpful in my preparation, so I thought I would try to pass along the knowledge and help future test takers.

    Background:
    Graduated with a Biology degree in May
    Previous helpful courses: Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, OchemI/II-- do well in these/take your DAT recently after these classes as it will build your base

    I began light studying around December by making flashcards (Anki computer app) about high yield topics from DAT bootcamp's biology notes and DAT Destroyer bio questions, and I started using DAT bootcamp's generators. I also began reviewing basic material using DAT bootcamp. During this time, I was studying about 1-2 hours a night for the DAT. The concepts that I learned were put directly into Anki. I think one of the most important tools for retention for this test is using spaced repetition. Making the flashcards was extremely tedious but well worth it. I ended up having ~6700 cumulative flashcards of various biology, gen chem, and orgo concepts by the end of my studying. I didn't follow a study schedule but I made goals for each day (e.g. do 50 bio, 25 gen chem and 25 ochem out of destroyer today).

    Once my school went online, I started to put in ~4 hours a day and once I was done with classes I put in ~8 hours a day with an occasional half day.

    DAT scores:
    PAT
    - 23
    QR - 18
    RC - 20
    BIO - 30
    GC - 22
    OC - 26
    TS - 25
    AA - 23

    (My 2009 DAT was fairly accurate for the sciences-- Bootcamp is slightly more difficult)

    Resources:
    (In order of time spent)

    Anki: I put everything into Anki. I ended up accumulating around 250 hours on this program alone (most of the time for Bio cards which were from bootcamp notes and destroyer bio questions). This program was extremely important in putting concepts into my long term memory. Make sure you do ALL of your cards everyday. This sometimes took me 3 hours.
    DAT Destroyer: I went through the DAT destroyer Gen Chem and Orgo sections 3 complete times and then went over them another 2 times where I only did the questions I had difficulty with. Many others have said this too, but the DAT destroyer is all you need for the sciences. I found that Bootcamp's tricky questions were heavily tested on DAT destroyer. I also believe that the Bio section of destroyer will cover whatever DAT bootcamp does not. I spent a majority of my time learning how to do problems with Destroyer to prepare for the sciences. Make sure you do all of the problems in this book.
    DAT Math Destroyer: I went through this 1.5 times. I found this to be helpful in reviewing. However, I got questions that were not quite as representative of either DAT bootcamp or destroyer, so I was a little thrown off. (I focused the least on qr and reading- Wish I spent more time on these)
    DAT Bootcamp: I used this resource to review and then test my knowledge through timed practice tests. I tried to simulate game day as closely as possible by waking up at 5 am, eating breakfast, going for a walk before the test at 8 am, and wearing a mask when taking my test.
    PAT Booster: I bought this to get more keyhole and pattern folding practice and found it to be helpful.
    Reading: I only used practice tests-- I should have read an article everyday
    Chad's Free Practice Tests and Videos: I used his free practice tests in order to get exposure to more problems. If I did not like Bootcamp's explanation for certain topics I went to Chad.

    From what I've read from others and experienced myself, exposure to as many problems as possible while going over and understanding all of your mistakes is important! You should get to the point where when you see a science question it's almost reflexive in terms of how you think about and how you solve the problem (use DAT destroyer to do this).

    Try to get sleep the night before, but if you don't, it's not the end of the world. I pretty much didn't sleep haha.
     

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    Dentalskier

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    Apr 23, 2020
    20
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    1. Pre-Dental
      Nice work. What did you use for the PAT and RC? I don't see anything other than a brief sentence.
      I didn't really study for the RC section and just used the practice tests and practiced just trying to identify key words. Datbootcamp's test felt significantly harder, but I scored about the same. Honestly, I didn't really put much time towards RC. If you do all the reading assigned in school you should be good enough... Try to come up with a consistent technique.

      I used the angle ranking (dat bootcamp's angle ranking is more difficult than patbooster's in my opinion), pattern folding, and hole punching generators on bootcamp and the keyhole and TFE compilations on Patbooster every other day.
      Angle ranking: identify the largest and smallest angles first
      Hole punching: use lines of symmetry
      Pattern folding: I used pat booster's method of eliminating odd shapes then using the colors to match up the side
      Keyhole: Try to find the most obvious wrong answer first and then try to find the differences between the remaining
      TFE: Line counting usually eliminated the first 2 answers then I just tried to figure out the difference between the remaining 2 choices
       

      Let'sgoDent

      New Member
      Aug 29, 2020
      10
      2
      1. Pre-Dental
        Hello! First of all, congrats on your score! It looks awesome and I'm happy for you that your hard work showed in your score..

        I am planning to take the DAT 3 weeks later and in the process of taking practice tests. I was wondering if you could share your practice exam scores especially your PAT Booster score?

        I am practicing with booster also, and I always panic with how hard their keyholes and tfe questions are.
         

        Dentalskier

        Full Member
        Apr 23, 2020
        20
        2
        1. Pre-Dental
          Hello! First of all, congrats on your score! It looks awesome and I'm happy for you that your hard work showed in your score..

          I am planning to take the DAT 3 weeks later and in the process of taking practice tests. I was wondering if you could share your practice exam scores especially your PAT Booster score?

          I am practicing with booster also, and I always panic with how hard their keyholes and tfe questions are.
          Hey! I averaged around a 20-21 for all the tests on PAT booster- I thought that the keyholes were significantly harder in PAT booster compared to the real test but the TFE was pretty representative. This was my experience but I think if you are scoring around a 20 on PAT booster you should be good for the PAT section.
          By the end of my studying all of my science practice test scores on DAT bootcamp were above a 20 and I averaged a 20 in qr and 21 in reading comprehension on bootcamp. Good luck and happy new year. Let me know if you have any more questions
           

          Let'sgoDent

          New Member
          Aug 29, 2020
          10
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          1. Pre-Dental
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            Hey! I averaged around a 20-21 for all the tests on PAT booster- I thought that the keyholes were significantly harder in PAT booster compared to the real test but the TFE was pretty representative. This was my experience but I think if you are scoring around a 20 on PAT booster you should be good for the PAT section.
            By the end of my studying all of my science practice test scores on DAT bootcamp were above a 20 and I averaged a 20 in qr and 21 in reading comprehension on bootcamp. Good luck and happy new year. Let me know if you have any more questions
            Thank you so much for your reply!
             

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