DAT complete!!! 6/17/2014 (breakdown)

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  1. detroittigersfan

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    Hey guys! I have been lurking on here for months and everyone here has been incredibly helpful, so I figured I would try to give back. Ok so here are my scores:

    AA: 24
    PAT: 23
    QR: 19
    RC: 24
    BIO: 25
    GC: 30
    OC: 22
    TS: 25

    I started studying in late April by just reading over my friend's MCAT review notes in bio, gc and oc from Kaplan, which I thought were actually pretty well done. Then I got DAT Destroyer, DAT Achiever and CDP. I'll break it down by section.

    BIO: DAT Destroyer (10/10). I had a pretty solid background in bio, considering my major. DAT Destroyer covered almost every single topic I saw on my test. There was maybe one question that was just totally out of left field. I learn best by learning by my mistakes, so I would answer 40 questions at a time and then write down everything I got wrong or stuff I had gotten by just by a good guess. I went through every question once, then went through about 1/2 of them a second time. When I was kind of brain dead, I would just read my notebook of things I got wrong. I also used some AP Bio flashcards from Barron, which were really helpful as well since I like flashcards a lot. They were extremely thorough.

    GC: Once again, DAT Destroyer saved me. There was not a question that was not covered in that book. I did every problem twice and wrote down every answer that I missed. I did the same thing with bio where I would just read over my corrections notebook if I wasn't feeling up to actually thinking. I was absolutely shocked when I saw my score in this section. I'm not someone who is "good" at chemistry. I'm really not.

    OC: I used the same strategy with OC that I did with gen chem, but I don't think that the destroyer was as helpful. Some stuff was just too hard and it didn't focus enough on the basics. On my test I was like "wow this question should be incredibly simple but I just don't know the answer" on a couple questions. I did learn a lot from destroyer, just perhaps not the right things. I honestly don't know what I would do differently. Actually I would probably get Chad's videos on this, since I feel like I needed to actually be re-taught some stuff since I majorly sucked at ochem when I took it. I heard those videos are good but haven't seen them.

    PAT: I used CDP mostly, and then the 5 tests I got from Achiever. CDP's keyholes were too easy, but I thought everything else was pretty on par. EXCEPT THE CUBES WAIT CDP's cubes were absurd. I did worse on Achiever PAT than CDP. The highest score I had ever gotten in PAT prior to my test was a 22 so I feel like it just depends on what's up with your actual exam. Oh also DAT Bootcamp's strategy videos were baller. Those helped a lot.

    RC: I didn't do anything for this except when I would take practice tests on Achiever. I swear some of those passages were written by non native english speakers. They reminded me of like when you see poorly translated directions on electronics. The highest I got on achiever was a 20 I think.

    QR: I should have studied more for this section, but I really hate math. All I did was the QR section in the destroyer once. I also took the free DAT bootcamp section, and the explanations for that helped A LOT. When you are taking the test, mark anything longer than like three words long and come back to it. But make sure you put a random answer before you mark it.


    DAT Achiever did not help me whatsoever as far as learning material. The only thing it was good for was getting used to taking a 5 hour long test. And wanting to die. The highest I ever got on any academic section was a 17. It was so freaking demoralizing. However, it did not allow me to get too comfortable, which I guess was good. The last practice test three days before the real thing I took I got a 16 TS. So I guess what I'm saying is that don't put too much weight into your practice scores! I also took DAT bootcamps free ones as I got closer to the test and those were way more accurate to the actual test. I got a 24 in bio, 21 in GC and 18 in OC I think. But keep in mind that while you are taking the test you will have a freakish ability to focus. I think that, more than anything, helped me. You sympathetic nervous system (hehe) will be on fire.

    IF I HAD TO DO IT AGAIN....

    I would get DAT bootcamp instead of Achiever. If there is the option to just get one Achiever test I might do that too since that software was dead on as far as test format (except you can't cross out answers on the real test!!). The DAT bootcamp explanations were dope on the free practice ones that I took and Achiever was just meh. I would definitely still get DAT Destroyer though.

    So sorry about the rambling! I can answer any questions you may have! HAPPY STUDYING!!!
     
    #1 detroittigersfan, Jun 17, 2014
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  3. NorIdaho

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    Wow! Those are impressive scores... Nice work! :thumbup:
     
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    Way to go! So the vast majority of your BIO studying focused on Destroyer? Did you use any other major resources?
     
  5. detroittigersfan

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    I used the kaplan MCAT bio book for some stuff I hadn't learned before, like all the hormone stuff and embryology. But it was definitely mostly destroyer. I used the AP Bio notecards when I was at my boring desk job/when I was watching TV during commercials.
     
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    Great scores! I wish you well!
    I'll be taking the DAT in late august. (haven't registered for a date just yet)
    I'm using the destroyer as well. As of right now, it's my main study source. I'll also use kaplan, cliff and crack the PAT. I'll look into getting the bootcamp aswell!
    Thanks for the advice!
    -George
     
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    Awesome scores. Congratulations.
     
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    Congrats! Welcome to the breakdown collection! :)
     
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    Awesome scores. Nicely done
     
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    Fantastic scores! Job well done!
     
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    Great news! Congrats from all of us behind the scenes of the DAT Destroyer!
     
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    Congratulations!! How long did you study a day and did you review materials before you took the practice tests?
     
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    Congrats! Amazing Bio and GC scores btw!
     
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    Congrats on very good scores. I have a question about the PAT section. Do you know how many correct answers should I have in the PAT section to have a score greater than 22?
     
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    I studied probably on average 4-5 hours a day. However, I did get really burnt out in my final week of studying and just didn't want to do anything. It was a struggle. I didn't go over material directly before taking any practice tests. My test time was at 8 am, so I tried to simulate that as closely as possible, knowing I wouldn't really have tons of time in the morning to go over last minute stuff.
     
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    On one of the CDP practice tests I took, I got 78/90 correct and scored a 22. I'm not sure how accurate that is to the real test though!
     
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    Very nice scores. You rocked the Gen chem section. Congrats.
     
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    Wow those scores are exceptional! Congratulations! That 30 in GC looks very nice.
     
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    Ahhh Ari thank you! I definitely wish I would have gotten your software. There was one question on my test that was almost word for word from your tests!
     
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    What do you think about the Bio section? Did it have random questions for Taxonomy and Plants, but mostly Genetics and physiology? Or was it good amount of everything?
     
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    What schools are you looking into?
     
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    4-5 hours a day is pretty good, I'm having trouble with the PAT and RC for the most part, but are there any study tips that you could give me to boost my scores in these sections?
     
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    Amazing scores! I hope I can come close to these numbers. Thank you for the breakdown!
     
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    So far I applied to:

    Ohio State
    Marquette
    Pitt
    Kentucky
    Louisville
    Penn
    Case

    But I am hoping to add three more once I get some more money lol. Any suggestions?
     

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