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DAT Breakdown 2015

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by goafterwhatmatters, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. goafterwhatmatters

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    Hey guys so I wanted to take a moment and share my study strategies for the DAT.

    I want to extend a great appreciation to Romano Scientific. The DAT Destroyer was my bible for 3 months straight! Thank you! TS 26, AA 23, PAT 24





    PAT

    I used the Crack the DAT software for the PAT section and I made sure to do a practice exam every other day, I began with getting 18’s and progressed after each exam. I’d take a practice PAT exam, followed by 20 minute break and after I would go back and look over the solutions, to see how I can improve. This strategy increased my speed and ability to approach problems by quickly eliminating gross errors, focusing on minor details.



    Orgo/ G-Chem

    For these sections I used the DAT Destroyer as my main source for practice. I began with the DAT destroyer about 3 months before the exam and completed each section 2-3 times at a moderate pace. The best advice I can give is to be sure to know the material and not just memorize but conceptualize each problem and solution. Along the way I made sure to highlight and mark each and every problem that gave me any hesitation. My 3rd round, I focused on those highlighted problems and wrapped my studies around them.



    Bio

    In this section of the DAT I felt very prepared. Again, the DAT Destroyer was my main resource. Make sure you know each question in and out, I focused on all of the wrong answer choices and with anything I needed further detail on, I referred to Feralis notes along with a simple “google search” for a picture or further explanation of a concept.



    Math

    I wasn’t completely prepared for the timing in this section. For the math section I used the Math Destroyer but did not fully complete it nor did I time myself on the exams. Many of the questions were fairly similar if not easier than what I experienced in the Math Destroyer. If I could have gone back I would have focused on timing and reasoning. I also used Chad’s videos to supplement any topic I felt weak on.



    Reading:

    I used Kaplan as a resource, and supplemented with reading various journal articles. I tried to analyze the reading materials, and I also used S&D when approaching answering problems. I can only say that the more practice you do, the better you will become at this section.
     

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    Wow. Congratulations. Perfect scores in GC and Orgo !!!!!
     
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    Very solid scores . Congats .did you take any full length practice tests?
     
  4. goafterwhatmatters

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    Thank you, I used 2007 and 2009 DAT practice exams from online.
     
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    Is that you Chad?
     
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    Thanks for the breakdown! DAT destroyer is my main resource for biology also (plus google) and I was a little worried that it wasn't enough. Glad to hear it workout out for you! Any other advice on how you studied for biology?
     
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    More than enough, the two or three q's I missed were just stupid and I marked them and guessed, I don't think any other text would've prepared me for that, If you know the Destroyer for the BIO you are GOLDEN! at least thats how it felt for me and a friend of mine who also studied with me.
     
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    :clap:Congratulations!!!
    Excellent scores, especially the sciences, :love:30 Orgo, 29 Gchem, and 22 Bio, you Destroyed it!

    You put in 3 months of study, determined to Destroy the DAT and you did! You will nave no problem receiving interviews a lot of schools with your scores.

    Thanks for taking the time to write a breakdown on how you prepared, it will help other students on SDN.

    Enjoy the rest of your summer and good luck in your journey to becoming a dentist.

    Dr. Romano and Nancy
     
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    I want that 29 in Orgo;)
    Solid scores. Congrats on being done
     
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    Those chem scores are out of this world lol. WOW!! Congrats
     
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    could you share your crack PAT test scores ?
     
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    test1 1st attempt-18 second attepmt-20
    test2 19 22
    test3 16 20
    test4 17 23
    test5 20 22
    test6 19
    test7 21
    test8 20
    test9 21
    test10 19

    Once I began hitting 19's/20's along with having a few minutes left to spare, I felt confident and ready and stopped my working for the PAT... practice makes perfect
     
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    Some killer science scores, thanks for sharing on SDN :)
     
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    Did you use anything else besides Kaplan for reading, or was that enough?

    Congrats!
     
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    Is English your first language?
     
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    My first language was not english, I learned english in second grade in many special classes and always have felt one level behind my classes growing up, but I still have no excuse! I always been awful with reading comp when it comes to stanardized exams! smh!:lame:
     
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    What do you think about kaplan science section? That is what im using to prepare.
     
  18. goafterwhatmatters

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    DROP IT Now!!! & pick up the DESTROYER! All you need teeth10!

    Thank me after you post your great scores!
     
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    Thank you!
     
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