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DAT Breakdown 6/16

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by omgitsjj, Jun 16, 2014.

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  1. omgitsjj

    omgitsjj 5+ Year Member

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    Hello all!

    Like many others, I found this site incredibly helpful and a source of motivation when I was super down about studying and so I wanted to pay it forward and write a breakdown of my own! (finally!)

    Scores:
    PAT 22
    QR 20
    Reading 26
    Bio 24
    GC 19
    Orgo 22
    TS 21
    AA22 :X3::soexcited:

    2007 practice (same order as above) :
    21/24/21/27/20/28 /24/24

    2009 practice:
    21/19/(N/A reading)/22/18/19 /20 /20

    CDP:
    16/20/22/20/20/20/23/22

    What I used to study:

    Kaplan: I would not recommend the course, but the online resources are incredibly valuable. Not sure if they're worth the $1000+ bucks, but I can definitely say I benefited A LOT from it. I took 5 online full-length practice tests and they got me the most comfortable with the layout, how to pace myself, what strategy worked best for me in terms of getting the easy points first and then going back, etc. I personally am a horrible test-taker, and this gets amplified when in a high stress environment like standardized testing! Because of nerves, during my 15 min break I actually went to the bathroom mostly to wipe my armpits! :naughty:
    My diagnostic was a 16, and then I went up 1 pt after every test, but plateaued at 19. (meaning I got a 19 for the last 2 tests)

    Destroyer: I went through destroyer about 2.5 times, which I think helped a lot. My recommendation is not to use the Destroyer as a textbook and memorize all the random facts, but use it as a tool to learn HOW to answer a question that you have no idea what the effin answer is. After the 1st pass through, I realized that I could've gotten way more questions right, if I had taken the time to read the question and ALL the answers carefully, and then eliminate based on what I knew. Breadth over specifics is definitely key! It's easy to stress out about all the little facts, but the DAT mostly covers basic information.

    Chad's videos: Obvi he's the man. I just couldn't get the hang of Gen chem world problems. I knew all the info, and got almost 100%'s on chad's quizzes, but whatever. I was expecting a score around 19 so no surprises there!

    Math Destroyer: I did the first 5 tests, and they helped me get faster, but I still ran out of time on the real thing. The best tip I can give is to ignore the questions you know you can't solve with 100% accuracy, and just go through and get all the easy points. I marked C for at least 5-7 problems and still got a 20.

    CDP: I was getting nervous the week or 2 before my exam because breakdown and breakdown was saying that CDP is outdated and that Bootcamp is the way to go. I disagree completely! I did the 1 free test for Bootcamp and it was very challenging and helpful, but in my opinion, overkill. The explanations weren't anything I didn't get from CDP, but if you're having a particularly tough time, it is quite nice to have the colored lines to show how to get to the answer. I do think Bootcamp is a better value though, since you get a subscription to the whole site instead of just PAT material.
    For CDP practice I was scoring consistently between a 20-22, and I got a 22 on the real thing. Pretty spot on! I thought everything was on the same level or easier than CDP. Angles were killer, but I always do horrible on those.
    For keyholes, I know that some say that the real DAT focuses on proportions and that CDP focuses on shapes. This is true to an extent. On the real test, you could usually eliminate all answers but 2 based on shape, then find the correct answer by comparing proportions. It's not exclusively shapes, nor exclusively proportions.
    Cubes and keyholes on par with CDP. Hole punches a bit easier than CDP tests. More similar to the CDP hole punch generator.

    Bootcamp (free materials):
    Questions of the Day are aweeeesome! Very similar feel and level of difficulty to the real test. I did those leisurely (along with notecards) for the 2 days before my exam, and it boosted my confidence immensely. Sections test are much much harder.

    Some overall tidbits about the exam:
    - Bio was mostly 1st year bio material, hardly anything on anatomy. Similar to another recent breakdown, there was a microscope question (Know the difference between scanning and transmission!). Lot's of cells/organelles, basic genetics, and definitions.
    - My reading articles were on geckos (was the most interesting one), preventative testing of diseases, and addiction. All were between 8 and 11 paragraphs. The only preparation I did for this were the full length practice tests I took. I used Kaplan's method of writing a few words for each paragraph as notes, but I mostly did search and destroy. For only a question or 2 did writing the outline help.

    I hardcore studied for 5 weeks between 6-8 hours a day (but broken up in 2 to 3 hour increments), and my goal was a 20. Needless to say I'm incredibly happy with my results! Sometimes it can be intimidating seeing a lot of people here scoring 24+ on all sections, but that is not the norm!! I would've been ecstatic with a 20, and so I'm deliriously happy with a 22, lol. So don't sell yourself short! Aim high and study HARD, because hard work pays off!

    All I can say is study smart and stay confident because half of the test is knowing that you can do it! Just let the information flowwww from your brain and into the computer! haha

    I wish you future test-takers the best of luck!! And thanks to the rest of you for the support! :D

    And let me know if you have any questions!
     

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    Last edited: Jun 16, 2014
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  3. Insha8

    Insha8 2+ Year Member

    Amazinggg scores! Congratssss! :) My DAT is in 2 days, and I really hope I do that well. Thank you for the advise and support!
     
  4. SweetToothDMD

    SweetToothDMD 2+ Year Member

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    Great job! You also just helped me figure out how I am going to realistically get 8 hours of studying in one day with kiddos running around...now breaking it up throughout the day is doable! Thanks and I wish you all the best going forward....
     
  5. biomolecmed

    biomolecmed 2+ Year Member

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    Congratulations on the job well done.
     
  6. mjmjmjmj

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    Congratulations, that's awesome!! I have a quick question- where did you find the 2009 online DAT? I'm doing something wrong because I can't find it anywhere...
     
  7. mjmjmjmj

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    JUST KIDDING. found it..
     
  8. Dotoday

    Dotoday 7+ Year Member

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    Nice job and Awesome breakdown. Thanks for posting.
     
  9. JHekmati

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    good job!!! thank you for the tips
     
  10. biomolecmed

    biomolecmed 2+ Year Member

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    What about RC section? Do you think reading magazine articles will help you get the main concept of the passage faster?
     
  11. omgitsjj

    omgitsjj 5+ Year Member

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    sorry for the way late response! I actually think reading hardcore science articles are not representative of the reading section. To me, many of my passages were more similar to a news article about a science topic, or maybe a textbook. Practicing reading science articles will definitely help with endurance though! My recommendation is to practice speed reading/skimming and understanding the general concept with anything that you find enjoyable. That way you don't burn out.
     
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  12. dentalgirl101

    dentalgirl101 2+ Year Member

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    Awesome scores!
     
  13. biomolecmed

    biomolecmed 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks, so would NY times, Forbes or Time magazine will be representative of the passages?
     
  14. postpitadh

    postpitadh 2+ Year Member

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    congrats!

    On the DAT, can you skip around between questions like in Bootcamp, or do you have to press skip between each consecutive question? **for the RC section
     
  15. omgitsjj

    omgitsjj 5+ Year Member

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    Bootcamp is not representative of the real testing format. If you go on the prometric website, they have a tutorial to show you how to use the system. You have to manually press skip for each consecutive question, but once you're at the end they give you a list showing which q's you've answered/marked/unanswered and then you can click any of them to go back to that particular question
     
  16. omgitsjj

    omgitsjj 5+ Year Member

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    Sure, if you enjoy them! I can't say what's representative, I am sure there are many different types of passages for the DAT than just mine, so practice with anything!
     
  17. melmu001

    melmu001 2+ Year Member

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    How did the Gen Chem appeared on the DAT? EASIER than Bootcamp or what?
     
  18. biomolecmed

    biomolecmed 2+ Year Member

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    Got it. Thank you.
     
  19. omgitsjj

    omgitsjj 5+ Year Member

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    I did not have a bootcamp subscription, so I can't give you a comprehensive answer. I found gen chem to be difficult though, so I would recommend over preparing. The general consensus on these forums seems to be that bootcamp does that! Try looking through some other breakdowns for those who did well in gen chem!
     

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