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DAT done 9/8/08 - advice

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by sunshine222, Sep 8, 2008.

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  1. sunshine222

    sunshine222 2+ Year Member

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    Score breakdown -

    PA - 20
    QR - 18
    RC - 30
    Bio - 29
    GC - 27
    OC - 26
    TS - 28
    AA - 26

    I've got to say, I did a LOT better than I was expecting - I didn't use topscore or crackDAT so I was a little nervous after seeing all the materials that some other people were using. I took the Kaplan review course (never went to class but studied the book carefully and did all the online materials. Made tons of flashcards. I also used my old bio textbook and the ExamCrackers books for bio, chem and ochem as well as the Cliffs AP bio review. Here's a more detailed breakdown:

    PA -
    Keyholes are my weakness, I'm just bad at them. They were slightly harder than most of kaplan's online material, although I felt like it was hard not because the structures were complicated (they weren't as bad as some of the ones I'd seen in Kaplan) but because the answer choices were a lot more similar to each other.
    Top/Front was comparable to kaplan; cube counting was easier (fewer cubes to count) and paper folding was a lot harder; that's usually the one I have the least trouble with but I really had to work at it. And angle ranking was harder than Kaplan (as some people have noted) but a lot of times you could just do biggest/smallest and narrow it down that way.

    QR -
    Really, really tough. I'm usually pretty good at math but it seemed pretty much impossible to me - I guessed a LOT of these because I had about 10 minutes left with 15 problems to go still. Every problem pretty much requires thinking and setting up equations, you can't just plug stuff into a formula. Luckily some of them can be guessed just by looking at answer choices - definitely practice using shortcuts because there's no time to do lots of long calculations. Practice permutations/combinations and trig problems, they seem to love those. I consider myself lucky to have gotten an 18 on this section, I was freaking out at the end there.

    RC -
    This section is the one I always seem to do well with - question difficulty and paragraph length was about what I expected or a little easier. I'm a fast reader and that's a huge advantage when you're skimming these paragraphs trying to find something specific. What I do is read the whole paragraph - actually making myself focus on it instead of just trying to skim through - and make quick notes on what each paragraph is about. That saves time when you're trying to figure out what paragraph you should be looking at to answer a particular question.

    BIO-
    I studied the most for bio - I made tons of flashcards from the kaplan white book, plus supplemented it with the ExamCrackers bio book, the Cliffs AP book and my bio textbook. Basically went through and read the whole thing, made flashcards on stuff that I thought might be significant. Plus doing the online Kaplan stuff. I felt pretty overprepared for this part, I felt like the DAT was less detailed than the questions that were asked in most of the kaplan materials; I think the DAT detail level was comparable to questions in the Cliff's AP review book.

    CHEM, OCHEM -
    I used (again) kaplan pretty much exclusively for the material, plus some online research about concepts I didn't understand. I went through the ExamCracker's 1001 questions for chem and ochem and tried to do every problem; that really helped because they're largely conceptual and showed me what concepts I was weak on. I'd definitely recommend those books. I don't think I saw anything on the DAT that wasn't covered in Kaplan though, but in chem/ochem you want to do as many different practice problems as possible.

    If anyone has any questions feel free to ask - I used this board a lot to prepare myself mentally so hopefully this helps someone else!
     
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  3. polarmolar

    polarmolar 2+ Year Member

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    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW. Time to withdraw my applications.
     
  4. Danny289

    Danny289 Member 2+ Year Member

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    out of words. congrat. :thumbup:
     
  5. water88

    water88 2+ Year Member

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    With 26 AA/28 TS, we'd have to see a scan.
     
  6. pasionatdentist

    pasionatdentist 2+ Year Member

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    If true, amazing scores!!!
     
  7. TeamGuo

    TeamGuo 2+ Year Member

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    Apr 1, 2008
    word. you don't need any advice. I need your advice. kk :thumbup:
     
  8. doc3232

    doc3232 7+ Year Member

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    Feb 15, 2008
    congrats...
     
  9. ZenoVT

    ZenoVT Power Ranger 2+ Year Member

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    703
    You seriously blew the test away!
     
  10. sunshine222

    sunshine222 2+ Year Member

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    Thanks you guys - I've been studying literally all summer so this is a huge relief and I'm really happy! My grades aren't great - okay, they're actually pretty bad because I slacked off in college - so I really needed this score.
     
  11. wifi08

    wifi08 2+ Year Member

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    May 13, 2008
    im with water88 we definitely have to see a scan
     
  12. joedat41

    joedat41 5+ Year Member

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    Sep 4, 2008
    What do you think of the AP Bio Kaplan Review compared to the AP Bio Cliff Review? I am currently using the AP Kaplan review, but I heard the AP Cliff Review might be better?
     
  13. Contach

    Contach 7+ Year Member

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    i'm jealous! those are sick scores
    mad props...
     
  14. water88

    water88 2+ Year Member

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    28 TS is just ridiculous. According to the DAT score frequency tables from 2007, only 2 people scored 28 or better for TS. For AA, no one scored 26, 1 person scored 27, and no one scored anything above that. Maybe its just much more competitive this year, I don't know. Also, only 2 people scored 30 on the RC.

    Anyway, if these are real, amazing job.
     
  15. keliao

    keliao 2+ Year Member

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    perfect on RC!!...wowwww.....
     
  16. xaznxcountx

    xaznxcountx 5+ Year Member

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    Feb 7, 2008
    whoa... amazing. Congrats :thumbup:
     
  17. sunshine222

    sunshine222 2+ Year Member

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    joedat -
    It's hard to say. The Kaplan book went into a lot of detail in some areas (like hormones) but not so much detail on others (plants...) where the Cliffs book really helped. I think the best thing to do is to use one review book as your "base" source - either kaplan or cliffs - and then also go through another source and reinforce things that weren't so well covered.
     
  18. joedat41

    joedat41 5+ Year Member

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    Yea I hear that, it seems that the Kaplan book is an easier read, but the Cliff book has a little more detail.
     
  19. dabramo

    dabramo 2+ Year Member

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    wow thats pretty amazing! How good is your GPA??
     
  20. shoombol tallah

    shoombol tallah Big Boy 7+ Year Member

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    yeah a scan would be nice. Im not trying to hate or anything but either the DAT has gotten super easy this year or there are some incredibly smart people applying this time around . Last year 2 people got those scores this year seems like there is one every week.
     
  21. sl2obel2ts

    sl2obel2ts i like tomatoes 7+ Year Member

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    why don't u give us an advice instead of asking us for one ;P
     
  22. ZenoVT

    ZenoVT Power Ranger 2+ Year Member

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    For real, adviiiiseee us! Where do we go from here :idea:???
     
  23. achilles2

    achilles2 2+ Year Member

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    wow if those scores are real congrads man those are epic...

    However, like a few of the people I gotta pay the post the score report card I am not trying to hate, those are just the best scores I've ever seen posted
     
  24. Doa110

    Doa110 doa110 2+ Year Member

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    CongratS! :thumbup:
    Amazing scores. Which method did you use for "pattern folding" ? It's my weakest area in PAT.

    Have fun in dental school!:D
     
  25. Bizznet

    Bizznet 7+ Year Member

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    Just curious... what were the percentiles for everything? 100% pretty much the entire way down?
     
  26. gentile1225

    gentile1225 5+ Year Member

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    that is freakin amazing! now i got some incentive to kick some real ass on my next one! congratulations, i dont think youll have a problem getting into, well, anywhere!
     
  27. Chesnok

    Chesnok Waiting game has ended 2+ Year Member

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    Good job. She/he defiitely know s how to read , I think even FRAP passages would not be a problem :0 Good Luck.
     
  28. allstardentist

    allstardentist All-Star 10+ Year Member

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    holy moly, nice score!
     
  29. klutzy1987

    klutzy1987 StudyingSucks Letsgo Mets 5+ Year Member

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    First off bullsh-t, I dont believe these scores for a sec, nooone gets a 30 on RC. Secondly Ths seems to be an addy for Kaplans. Unless you provide a scan this is nonsense.
     
  30. Orgodox

    Orgodox 7+ Year Member

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    YEA.... Plus do you think that one person who got a 27 AA was also one of the only 2 people to get a 30 rc....

    You know what they say seeing it believing!
     
  31. eldirty

    eldirty 7+ Year Member

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    i think these are the best scores ive ever seen ... congrats and good luck to the rest of us
     
  32. phungy

    phungy Account Terminated 10+ Year Member

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    Prove us skeptics wrong with a scan.
     
  33. medalofhon0r

    medalofhon0r 2+ Year Member

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    Scan wud be gr8
     
  34. eldirty

    eldirty 7+ Year Member

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    I mean its no big deal ... just another day at the office ... doing what I do.
     

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  35. topdent1

    topdent1 2+ Year Member

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    nice...
     
  36. achilles2

    achilles2 2+ Year Member

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    its hard being a g but someones got to do it right :laugh:
     
  37. TeamGuo

    TeamGuo 2+ Year Member

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    awesome...:D
     
  38. eldirty

    eldirty 7+ Year Member

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    its crazy because I was really nervous going in but then I got focused and cranked it out in a little over an hour ... haha ... good luck everyone
     
  39. ZenoVT

    ZenoVT Power Ranger 2+ Year Member

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    With scores like that, you could walk into the interview naked!
     
  40. supraman

    supraman Boston Celtics 7+ Year Member

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    burst out laughing!

    I don't believe the thread starter at all, and if so, the hell with applying seriously
     
  41. sunshine222

    sunshine222 2+ Year Member

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    SCAN0001.jpg

    This doesn't prove anything (see above) but whatever. If I was going to make up a score I would have given myself a little boost in PA! Like I said, my GPA sucks so I needed this bad. Thanks for all the congratulations :)
     
  42. ZenoVT

    ZenoVT Power Ranger 2+ Year Member

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    owned...
     
  43. supraman

    supraman Boston Celtics 7+ Year Member

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    lol nice, because im using primarily Kaplan..

    did you get frapped, pianoed?
     
  44. Chesnok

    Chesnok Waiting game has ended 2+ Year Member

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    Anti-frap, anti-piano :laugh:
     
  45. DCRedskinsRule

    DCRedskinsRule 7+ Year Member

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  46. sunshine222

    sunshine222 2+ Year Member

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    Nope, didn't get frapped or pianoed. Part of me was sort of hoping that I WOULD get frapped because I'm dying to know what that question is!
     
  47. keliao

    keliao 2+ Year Member

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    amazing scores.....thanks for the scan
     
  48. supraman

    supraman Boston Celtics 7+ Year Member

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    lol someone spilled the question on here before it got deleted, don't think i was able to glance it but it was hard
     
  49. achilles2

    achilles2 2+ Year Member

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    owned lol

    take it as a compliment your scores are out of this world, totally insane


    what were your reading comp paragraphs???
     
  50. Andrew324

    Andrew324 7+ Year Member

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    Crazyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Scores

    Get on predents lets see the whole picture, GPA schools applying, extras...
     
  51. sunshine222

    sunshine222 2+ Year Member

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    Washington
    Achilles - I don't even remember what my paragraphs were anymore, I think all the DAT-related information left my brain about an hour after I finished!

    I'm interested to see what you guys think about this; my GPA is super low (2.94) because I didn't give a crap about my grades in college and never went to class. After college I went back and took my sciences (physics, biochem, bio, micro) and have a 3.96 in all those, but it probably won't impact my overall GPA very much. I shadowed all last year (while taking those classes) and I'm working for an orthodontist now... I have a decent amount of volunteering.

    Also have a couple of.. quirks.. in my transcript like an academic suspension for failing physics my sophomore year. (Like I said, I was an idiot!). But I did start a business in college, too, so that might help a little.

    At this point I think it's basically a crapshoot for me.. especially since I'm applying late in the cycle. I'm only applying to U of Washington this cycle. What do you guys think? Do schools even consider applicants with sub-3.0 GPA's?
     

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