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Bio-22 I used ferralis notes from bootcamp + quizzes, barron's book on E-Z anatomy and physiology... A really good book for physio goes in depth, chad's bio quizzes. And lectures on youtube from UCBerekely bio

gen chem:25 chads videos/quizzes, my textbook/notes from undergrad, bootcamp

Orgo:25 same as above

PAT: 21 TFE blow the big one! Dont plan on using the line counting method. It worked for maybe one or two questions but thats about it. The rest just practice, practice practice!!!!!!. Did crack pat

RC:20 time management is the key here. I freaked out towards the end because i was running out of time

QR: 18 my worst score :/ the fact that this section is last makes it tough. My problem was i had a ton of applied math problems and setting them up took alot of time. I used math destroyer. I was getting really good scores on math destroyer but i caved in on test day.

22 happy with my score. Only part i wasnt happy with was math but ill take it!

My background:

I'm 33 and have been a pharmacist for 8 years and am looking to change careers. Its been a while since I took alot of this (around 13 years) so i had reteach myself some of it. All in all it took me 9 months of studying 6-7 hours 3-4 times a week. I ramped the studying up the last three weeks though to everyday about ten hours a day or until my brain was fried lol.

Test advice:

sleep!!!!! I was so amped up i only got two hours of sleep so if you can, get alot of rest.

Read every word carefully. I caught myself not paying attention to the question wording, especially in bio... Ex. Everything in the following is false except. Those kinds of questions.

If you take too long on a question, guess as best you can, mark it and go on. If you have time at the end then go back, otherwise forget it

Practice under test taking conditions as much as possible. It is draining but will pay off

Bring a snack and take every break you can. Dont go into a section mentally/ physically fatigued

I had about 30 min left at the end of the sciences. During that time i made a PAT board with 15 tic tac toes, and set up any other notes i would need for later sections. They do not let you take notes during break or tutorial
 

emitpeels

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I'm going to retake the DAT and I was wondering if you could give me some advice on how to do well in the chemistry sections? I killed the bio and pat but got killed in math and organic :(
 

customx

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I'm going to retake the DAT and I was wondering if you could give me some advice on how to do well in the chemistry sections? I killed the bio and pat but got killed in math and organic :(
I haven't taken a math class in about 12 years, but I managed to get a 22 in QR. I suggest making flash cards of all the equations from Math Destroyer. Then do at least 5 exams from Destroyer. Go over all your incorrect answers and make sure you understand why you got them wrong. Retake the exams and time yourself. It took me about 2 hours to get through exam #1 and I think I got 20/40 correct. By exam 5 I was able to get 31/40 and on the real DAT, QR felt waaaay easier than Destroyer.

For chem, get Chad's and Destroyer. Take detailed notes and use Chad's outlines. Memorize the road maps from Destroyer. I made photocopies of the road maps and used whiteout for the products. Then I made photocopies of all the roadmaps and at least once or twice a week I would quiz myself and go over every single reaction. Chad's videos provide you with everything you will need to do well on both the gchem and ochem portions. A lot of ochem becomes easy once you understand electronegativity, nucleophilicity and electrophilicity. Do about 50 Destroyer questions a day and make sure you go over all the questions. Understand why you got them wrong, and then answer the questions again. I got a 23 in ochem, so it worked for me. I got a B+ in ochem1, B in ochem 2 and B- in ochem 3. I didn't do anything amazing to prepare for the DAT, I just put in a lot of hard work.
 
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Nov 14, 2013
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I'm going to retake the DAT and I was wondering if you could give me some advice on how to do well in the chemistry sections? I killed the bio and pat but got killed in math and organic :(
I'd highly suggest Chad's videos and make sure you supplement with the quizzes and understand why you get problems wrong. Also chad tells you how to do a lot of shortcuts which help you immensely in saving time so pay attention to them