Hello SDNers! I just finished taking the DAT for the 2nd time and I thought I'd post on here, since I know I was looking for some insight in the time leading up to now -- maybe someone retaking (or just struggling w/ certain sections) can benefit from this. First time around in June 2013 I got: PAT 17 QR 20 RC 25 Bio 18 GC 17 OC 18 TS 17 AA 20 I thought I was okay b/c of my academic average, but I really wanted to improve my sciences, especially since my TS was a 17 (even with two 18s!). So, after not looking at the material for 6+ months, I got to work. And it paid off! Here's how I did: PAT 20 QR 18 RC 25 Bio 24 GC 22 OC 18 TS 21 AA 21 I know it's not perfect and there are lots of people out there with AMAZING scores, but my purposes the second time around were not to improve dramatically in all categories -- really I just wanted to make sure my TS went up. There isn't really anything special to address as far as my experience during the exam. It went as expected since I had taken it before -- however, I did feel much more confident this time during the science section. So here's an overview of how I prepared in 6 weeks for the retake of my life: Chad's videos for GC and OC. I went through all of them including the quizzes, and I did all of the GC quizzes a second time around. As I took notes I made flashcards, which proved to be most helpful for OC since I could just learn/practice reaction mechanisms in my spare time, before bed, while working out, etc. If there were any topics that were giving me trouble the 2nd time through the quizzes, I watched the video again in fastplay. Destroyer. I bought the 2014 but if you can get your hands on a 2012-2013 I'm sure it would be fine. Honestly, though, I didn't get through all of it. I probably got 2/3 of the way through the GC, OC, and Bio sections, but sometimes it got frustrating and felt way too in depth. If you have more than 6 weeks to dedicate to studying, I recommend it. However, for my timeline and purposes, it helped in terms of practice and exposure to different problem types, but I ended up shifting my focus from this to Bootcamp. With Bootcamp, I did problems on specific topics first, integrating that with my other studies. Then I took the full subject tests for Bio, OC, and GC, but only 1-4. I just didn't have enough time to do the 5th ones (unless I wanted to do it on the day before my exam, but I didn't think that was a good use of my time). But taking and going over tests 1-4 were extremely helpful and I highly recommend Bootcamp for anyone needing to refresh sciences (and probably QR and RC although I didn't touch those). It was less frustrating than Destroyer but also challenging enough to give you a realistic idea of how you'd do. I also did one of the PAT tests in Bootcamp, as well as used the random angle generator and focusing on specific problem types here and there. I had CDP from my first time taking the test, and did 2 full-length PAT's with it. But that's really all I did for PAT. QR and RC received no attention from me whatsoever in my 6 weeks of preparation. Considering I only had 6 weeks, I work 30 hours a week, & I am very active and make lots of time for health and fitness, I am very pleased with my results and ability to improve my scores. Just know that no matter what you have going on in your life -- you can and will make it happen if you put in enough work and stick with it. And be fair in deciding what's enough -- I saw so many people saying things like they were spending 8+ hours a day on this and went through Destroyer multiple times. Sometimes I spent as long as 8 hours in a whole day, but sometimes 2 hours with an important subject is all you really need. Give yourself breaks, have things to look forward to. I even made myself a "good job" CD to play in the car when I finished (including tracks such as "Girl on Fire," "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," "Best Day of my Life," "Party in the USA," "Roar," etc.) NOW GO KICK SOME DAT BUTT!