2+ Year Member
- Jun 15, 2015
- Dental Student
It has been a long journey, 4 months of 6 hour a day studying, and now it is over. Thankfully with some pretty decent scores .
I finished every section with time to spare and I attribute most of my success to the study method I posted here. http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/dat-study-method-for-orgo-gen-chem-and-bio.1145815/#post-16627127 .
PAT 22: Easier than bootcamp. Angles were very obvious. Not much to say about it. Finished with 30 minutes to spare and was able to go over the entire test twice. Some of the Keyholes were like nothing I have ever seen before. Basically big rocks. Also some of the pattern fold were very "unconventional". Crack the DAT was a very on par representation of this section.
QR 24: Didn't really study for this section much. Did about 3 math destroyer tests and all of bootcamp's tests. Easier than bootcamp on most of the questions, but a few were incredibly tricky. Also had a few questions where the answer was literally in the question's wording, no math required at all. I finished this section with 10 minutes to spare, but timed out while checking my answers.
RC 24: Articles were really interesting! One of them I had even read before online, or at least something very similar. Didn't study for this section at all, not even Bootcamp's tests. I honestly found it easier than the SAT reading section. Finished with 15 minutes and used the time to breathe and relax for QR.
Bio 22: Woah, this was a hard section. Half of the questions were very easy. Like straight out of destroyer or bootcamp, but easier. The other half was application based stuff I have never seen before. Even a few questions involving pretty hard math. Qvault has some very obscure questions, and running though those saved me on a lot of the harder ones in this section. I still don't understand some of the things I was asked here.
GC 24: Most of the questions in this section felt free. Easier than destroyer or bootcamp. A few of the questions were math based with very small differences in the answer choices. I have a feeling those were the ones I tripped up on as I am very calculator reliant in my college courses.
OC 27: This section was easier than any of the practice material I used. No tricks, all basic stuff. Most of the questions were short and pretty free. A few hard NMR's and IR's but I memorized all the numbers so it wasn't a big deal. Destroyer's maps (and the flashcards I made out of them) were great preparation.
Finished the natural sciences with 20 minutes to spare. I used the time to prepare my grids and pre-solve some possible hole punches in case I happened to get one of them (I actually got a few ).
College Education - More important than anything else. You can't do well on this test without good fundamentals.
Destroyer - DAT destroyer was excellent, probably the best workbook out there. Math Destroyer was overkill for me personally, but is totally justifiable if you feel like you need the extra practice.
Bootcamp - Harder than the real thing thing, but a very good overall representation of the test.
Qvault - Most comprehensive biology questions out there, and there are TONS of them. Used it for the other sections too where it was just ok.
Crack the DAT - Probably the best PAT practice next to the bootcamp generators. Other sections were good but nothing special.
Feralis' Notes - Used these notes along with Cliff's notes to write my own set of biology notes. Great way to refresh, not so great if you have never been exposed to the material.
Cliff's Notes - Best biology review money can buy!
Studied 4-6 hours a day for 4 months. Very satisfied with my scores. Thank you to everyone on these forums for all the great breakdowns and resource recommendations!