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Dat Done 6-17

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by War Eagle, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. War Eagle

    War Eagle 5+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    So as of yesterday I'm finally done, and it is a huge relief. I am super stoked with my scores. Here they are along with my scores from achiever:

    Achiever 1.......2......3................DAT

    As I said, I'm very happy with these scores. My goal when I started studying was to get at least a 20 in each section and a 22 AA, so I'm very pleased. I studied for about 2 months, 5 days a week, for about 7-8 hours each day. I used Kaplan, Destroyer, Barron's, Cliff's AP Bio, High Yield Bio, High Yield Gen Chem, Achiever, referenced the crap out of my textbooks, and used wikipedia to fill in any gaps. I used this forum a lot and loved it when a breakdown of the sections was given, so here's mine:

    I didn't do all that much for it as of late. For the first couple weeks of study I would do about a half hour each day just to get my mind in that mode of thinking. Once I was comfortable with it, I stopped doing that and just practiced once in a while. Barron's had some good strategies, and Kaplan and Barron's had some good practice. I heard from a buddy I was studying with that the real PAT was a lot harder than he expected from those materials and harder than Topscore. I was trying to decide between Topscore and the Achiever and heard that the Achiever has way harder PAT, so I went with Achiever. It's true, the PAT on the Achiever was way harder than anything I saw on the DAT. It was nice because I felt like I was doing Kaplan stuff again. Besides RC, I studied for this one the least.

    I thought Kaplan did a good job of presenting the scope of the exam. I then went through the Destroyer's QR section a few times. The key here is time. Every time I did problems I would time myself to get used to the pace. I finished with 10 minutes left and was able to review some of my marked questions. I even caught a couple errors that I made, so that was nice. All I can say for this section is to practice. A lot of people don't study much for this section because it's the least important, but it factors into your AA, so you don't want to blow it. Having taken physics already also helped me with solving word problems.

    Studied for this one by far the least of all. I think that by the time I took the DAT I had taken 6-7 full length practice tests. The practice for RC I got with those was sufficient for me. I was nervous for this section most of all at first, because I traditionally do poorly on RC tests because I'd get so bored reading the passages. I started off using Kaplan's mapping method, but there's no time for that since you end up having to search and destroy afterwards. During one of my practice tests, I decided mid-test to search and destroy and found it to be much more effective. So that's what I did for my last 3-4 practice tests and saw better results.

    I read through Kaplan a couple of times, and did a thorough study of Cliffs. They were both very useful, but what helped me most were my undergrad classes. Last semester I took Biochem, Cell, and Anatomy, so I had all of that still fresh. I had one anatomy type question that I would have had no shot at (this was an oddball question that I wouldn't study for). The semester before, I had taken Advanced Physiology and Histology. There were a few questions that I hadn't studied for but just knew the material thanks to my classes. I would recommend making some flashcards. I never make them and hate them, but I found that there are just so many random little facts to know that trying to re-visit them on a regular basis doesn't happen. Anytime I came across something in a practice test or my study I didn't know, I'd throw it on a flash card so that I had the info readily available. I wouldn't sit down and spend a lot of time making them, but just do it as you go.

    Not a lot to say here. Kaplan was outstanding, and destroyer gave tons of excellent practice. Both are a must have for your studies. I had mostly conceptual problems on this section, nothing too crazy.

    I'm not trying to sound arrogant here, but I really expected perfection on this section. I had an awesome undergrad professor who kicked our trash, but we learned the material very well. I scored in the 100th percentile on the ACS national final and tutored the 2nd half of Ochem last summer. I wouldn't have done much study for this section, but I had to due the fact that I hadn't done any ochem for a year. I'd say read through Kaplan to get the concepts and lab techniques and then hit the destroyer hard.

    Overall I'd say to use the study guides as a just that, study guides. Don't take their info as 100% correct. Back up everything you're unsure about with a textbook. Many times I found errors in practice tests or sources such as the destroyer, kaplan etc. and after searching through a textbook I found that I was right. It really helps to cement the concepts as well to do that. I think I referenced all of my bio and chem textbooks at least once during my study. Sorry for the length. If you have any questions, or I didn't make sense, feel free to ask.
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  3. HoangDDS

    HoangDDS 2+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    San Jose
    Nice scores. Good luck in dental school =)
  4. Thundercatz

    Thundercatz 7+ Year Member

    Jun 1, 2008
    Nice scores! How was the Destroyer QR compared to the real thing?
  5. Mamona

    Mamona 5+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2007
    Nice scores congratulations
  6. hoss19

    hoss19 half iron, half man 5+ Year Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    your in! congrats!
  7. Neuro178

    Neuro178 2+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2008
    Wow, awwwesome scores! I can only hope for scores that high. It looks like Achiever compared pretty well to what you actually got on the DAT - in most you did better on the real thing! :)
  8. 113zami

    113zami 2+ Year Member

    Oct 4, 2007
    can you tell us about some of these errors???
  9. War Eagle

    War Eagle 5+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    I thought the difficulty of the destroyer to the real thing was pretty comparable. There were maybe 1 or 2 problems that I hadn't really prepared for, but I was able to get something. QR is all about time. If you don't know how to do a problem, put down an answer, mark it, and move on. The 2 minutes spent trying to solve a problem you'll most likely get wrong anyways could be used on a few easy problems. Then when you finish the section, you can go back to those. That was my strategy anyways. Find quicker ways to multiply and divide. Anything to save time will improve your score.
  10. War Eagle

    War Eagle 5+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    Yeah, I'd highly recommend Achiever to anyone that will be taking the DAT. I felt like Achiever was more difficult overall, but it gave a good idea of the formating of the DAT. Also, once I realized that the real DAT was easier than Achiever, I was a lot more relaxed.
  11. War Eagle

    War Eagle 5+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    Oh man, I don't know where to start or remember where they were. There was a thread started a while ago about destroyer errors. I didn't really keep track of most of them. Destroyer and Kaplan didn't have all that many errors, but they still had some. Barron's had a bunch, and so did the High Yield books. I really have no way to remember which errors I found, mostly they were on problem sets and practice questions. My advice would be that if you get one wrong, or are not sure why you are right, read the explanation, and if you still don't agree, go to a textbook. If I think of any, I'll post them, but I'd have to pretty much go through my stack of materials again to find them.
  12. allstardentist

    allstardentist All-Star 10+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2006
    Los Angeles
    nice score.
  13. eilrahcmi

    eilrahcmi 7+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    great job!

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