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DAT done - 25AA/24TS/22PAT

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by drsoni, Apr 11, 2017.

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  1. drsoni

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    Finally done with my DAT! Such a relief. Not really an outstandingly amazing science score, but I feel like I should post this breakdown to describe my personal experience with the test. I am going to try to keep this short.
    These are my scores on the real DAT (BIO/GC/OC/PAT/RC/QR/TS/AA) -> 23/26/25/22/30/21/24/25
    Preparation:
    I don't think it's necessary to include the resources I used, since I used the general resources that everyone else who posted their breakdowns used - cliff's AP, feralis bio notes, Chad's videos, DAT bootcamp, DAT genius, etc. I also used Kaplan for all the physiological systems, as I felt that Cliff's was seriously lacking in that aspect. I started studying four months ago. Yes, I know its a long time, but I didn't wanna risk it. I would recommend is doing the DAT genius before Bootcamp, and that will definitely help a lot with review of concepts, esp. with bio. Although I found DAT Genius to be very specific and lengthy for the scope of DAT, I still believe that it is one of the best DAT resources out there just because you can get exposure to some new kind of questions and it can also help with time management. DAT bootcamp is hands-down the best resource. Most representative of the real test. Do this last, as you will be able to predict the likely of performing well on the real DAT based on your scores on bootcamp. One misunderstanding among most people is thinking that the practice test scores correlate directly with the real DAT. But as many other DAT takers have mentioned here, this is just not true. There is a right and wrong way of doing things. You can expect to get a similar score on the real DAT as the practice test, IF you use the practice resources the correct way. What I did is that I reviewed all questions after taking a test, even though I was familiar with the concept and was confident with the answer I picked. The reason for this is that the explanations will usually involve something that you are not familiar, and there will always be something new to take away from the explanation. Also, go over these explanations as many times as you can. Going over these multiple times reconsolidates the concepts in your hippocampus, and puts more AMPA receptor in your neurons. Gotta increase those AMPA receptors (sorry, neuroscience major here). I went over all my bootcamp and genius tests like 2-3 times. DAT destroyer is just an outstanding resource - helped me boost my GC and orgo from 18-19 to 27-30 on my last bootcamp tests. Make sure you understand every concept from the sciences. Know why the wrong answer is the wrong answer and why the correct answer is the correct answer. I literally went into "research mode" every time I saw a new word/concept on any of the practice resources. I made notes on every question/concept I got wrong on destroyer/practice tests.

    The real test: Gen chem and RC were probably the easiest. Way easier compared to bootcamp. A 30 on reading was still a surprise, since I only did a few CrackDAT, bootcamp and genius RC tests, and did not read from scientific American everyday. However, bio and OC were pretty challenging. Bio had some questions that had terminology that I have never been exposed to before - not from cliff's, Kaplan, or feralis. OC had some weird wording and some really tough acid-base ranking questions. Don't even ask me about QR - HOLY MOTHER OF HARD TESTS. Some really weird questions. Nothing that I haven't seen before, but they really made me think. I thought I did terrible, but ended up getting a 21, which I don't mind lol. PAT was easy for most part, expect for keyholes and angles, which I found to be really challenging (similar to bootcamp's). DAT bootcamp is the best resource for PAT.

    Other Advices: Get good sleep the week leading up to the exam. Unfortunately, I couldn't sleep for more than 4 hours the night before my exam due to my effed up sleep schedule. So I would also recommend getting your sleep schedule in check if you usually stay up late. Also, read something in the morning before the exam -could be anything like newspaper or scientific American. The test should not be the first thing your brain sees in the morning. Lastly, cut back on TV. I watched whole Iron Fist and watched 2 seasons of another TV show on Netflix ~2 weeks before the exam. I wish I didn't - I could've probably used that time to brush up some of the concepts.

    Special shoutout and thanks to @Ari Rezaei for creating a phenomenal resource like DAT bootcamp (I really don't know how he gets all the questions types so on point), @orgoman22 for DAT destroyer and Nancy's helpful replies on questions posted here on SDN, and @FeralisExtremum for his amazing bio note. Also thanks to everyone on SDN for being so helpful!

    Now I am going to make food, and binge more on Netflix.
     

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  3. I-hate-alginate

    I-hate-alginate La Dolce Vita

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    Ayyy :clap:. Well done, dr!
     
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  4. baywatch123

    baywatch123 2+ Year Member

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    first congrats.

    second, a word of caution to future canadian dat writers. datbootcamp PAT wasn't as representative as the canadian dat, but it did help with mentally preparing you for that section. i'd still get bootcamp though
     
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  5. FeralisExtremum

    FeralisExtremum SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 7+ Year Member

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    Excellent work man, congratulations!
     
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  6. drsoni

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    Thanks!

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  7. drsoni

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    Thank you!

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  8. Ari Rezaei

    Ari Rezaei Senior Member Lifetime Donor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    ^^ 100x yes. Congratulations!! The 30 in reading is insane! All your scores are off the charts.. your AMPA receptors really paid off here. Thanks for taking the time to write a breakdown to help future pre-dent students. That tidbit you included about how you review the explanations even if you knew the answers underlines the importance of review. Enjoy the post-text relaxation and Netflix :)
     
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  9. orgoman22

    orgoman22 DAT DESTROYER Lifetime Donor Exhibitor 10+ Year Member

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    :clap::clap::clap::claps::claps::claps:

    Congratulations! DAT BEAST DESTROYED! No secret to your high DAT scores, you put in the hard work! Thank you for the shout out and schools will love these scores! Dr. Romano is pleased that you found his work in the DAT Destroyer helpful. You utilized the Destroyer to fullest and it paid off. :soexcited:A 30 in reading and your high science scores will open the door to many schools, including Ivy League with a mathing GPA.

    Wishing you the best on your journey and keep us posted when interviews roll in.

    Take care...

    Nancy Steen and Dr. Jim Romano(orgoman22)
     
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  10. drsoni

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    Thank you! [emoji3]

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  11. swainer14

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    How do you feel the Crack the DAT resource was? Good or bad representation of the real exam?
     
  12. 8_man

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    Congrats, I'm glad to see you did well! Those are some crazy high scores.

    Mind if I add this to the breakdown list?
     
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  13. drsoni

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    Go ahead! I'd be honored! :)

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  14. drsoni

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    I wouldn't really recommend crack DAT for anything other than reading. Their PAT section is slightly helpful if you need extra practice, but the really PAT is way harder. BC is the most representative for the PAT section. Crack DATs reading sections are good, although a little longer longer and way too many tone questions compared to the real DAT! Nonetheless, harder practice passages will prepare you better for the real one.

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    orgoman22 DAT DESTROYER Lifetime Donor Exhibitor 10+ Year Member

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    Thanks again for all your advice, but I feel it is necessary to warn students that their are versions of reading on the DAT with passages that are long and contain a lot of tone type questions, that is why it is always best to prepare for all possibilities. I work with thousands of students a year and have a good feel for the levels of difficulty on different versions of the DAT, I can't stress enough they are all not the same.

    Just my 2 cents..

    Nancy
     
  16. drsoni

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    I completely agree! I'd definitely recommend getting Crack DAT reading. Crack DAT reading will prepare well for those tone/inference related questions, and their long passages really helped me improve my reading speed. Supplementing this with bootcamp and genius, which provides more of a balance between tone and detail based questions, will be the best way to prepare for the reading section.
    In short, Crack DAT prepared me with reading speed and tone/inference questions, and Bootcamp/genius prepared me for detail based questions, and how to go about searching for some specific details in the passage. It's good to be prepared for both kind of questions since every DAT exam is different and you wanna be ready for anything it can throw at you!

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  17. orgoman22

    orgoman22 DAT DESTROYER Lifetime Donor Exhibitor 10+ Year Member

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    :)
     
  18. mOlar1!

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    Congrats!!! wow you killed it. How were your practice RC scores cause your 30 in RC is insane!!!
     
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    Amazing work! Congrats!
     
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