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DAT IS DONE! :) (7/26/2011) advice

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by toothlove, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. toothlove

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    Hey everyone. Student DOCTOR has really helped me these past few months so I wanted to share my experience and advice with you all.

    SCORES:
    BIOLOGY: 20
    GENERAL CHEMISTRY: 25
    ORGANIC CHEMISTRY: 29
    READING COMPREHENSION: 21
    QUANTITATIVE REASONING: 20
    PERCEPTUAL ABILITY: 21
    TS: 23
    AA: 23 :)

    Overall, I am very happy with my scores. Here is some advice I have!

    Biology: I used Kaplan, Cliffs AP Biology, Examcrackers Biology, DAT Destroyer
    -First I read through Kaplan, which really helped me get down the basics.
    -I moved onto Cliffs. I read it over and highlighted.
    -I read both again and this time I typed up notes. About 60 pages. This is what I kept reviewing.
    -I moved onto DAT Destroyer, highlighted the important information from the solutions, and used the highlightings to study. This was much more convenient than doing all the problems over again.
    TEST: Most things were straightforward. I had about 5 marked. Three of these I had no idea on. Some of the questions I was stuck between two answers and made educated guesses.
    - had no TAXONOMY or plant problems. Weird huh? :laugh:

    General Chemistry: Kaplan, DAT DESTROYER, CHADS!!!
    -I read Kaplan and did all the problems.
    -I wrote notes in like a mini notebook.
    -I watched Chads and filled in more notes into the notebook.
    -CHAD WAS A LIFESAVER!!!
    -I went through DESTROYER about 5 times.
    TEST: MUCH easier than Destroyer! Few calculations, more concepts. So know your stuff! DESTROYER helps drill important ideas and concepts into your head.

    Organic Chemistry: Kaplan, Chad, DESTROYER.
    -Once again, I read Kaplan and took notes in a mini notebook.
    -Used Chad to take more notes.
    -Did DESTROYER like 5 or 6 times.
    TEST: Easier than DESTROYER. KNOW THE ROADMAPS! They help ALOT. Especially with random reactions that you might get-like 1 or 2 on the test.

    Reading Comprehension: Crack DAT Reading, Kaplan.
    -Honestly, this section depends on how good you are at reading comprehension.
    -No real way to study, but my test was VERY similar to Crack DAT Reading.
    -My scores were usually around 21's for this.
    -Scores in TOPSCORE: 21-25.
    -Scores in Achiever: 14-17.
    TEST: mostly used Search and Destroy. I had about 5 minutes to go back to my marked questions. Simple passages, use CRACK DAT. Passages were about 9-12 paragraphs each.

    Quantitative Reasoning: Math DESTROYER
    -Math was my hardest section while studying for the DAT.
    -DESTROYER helped me get down everything I needed to know for this section.
    -After completing DESTROYER 2 times, I found the test to be easier than this.
    -I used to get in the 20's for Topscore and like 16's or 17's in Achiever. So there is hope lol.
    TEST: Trig, no conversions, no rate problems, interest problems. USE MATH DESTROYER!!!

    Perceptual Ability: CRACK DAT PAT.
    -Wow. Keyholes were crazy hard (I thought). Much harder than Destroyer
    -Cube counting was fine up until the illusion part. I was sure I got those wrong.
    -Angles were not bad, much like Crack DAT.
    -TFE not too bad. Crack DAT once again!
    -Pattern folding was like Crack in terms of type of problems, but a little more difficult.
    -I got some weird hole punches, but overall not bad!!

    Topscore: My scores were usually in the lower to mid 20's for this. I believe I didnt get over a 22 or 23. But these scores werent ever as high as my actual test. TOPSCORE WAS THE CLOSEST PREDICTOR IN TERMS OF QUESTIONS AND SCORES FOR SCIENCE.

    Achiever: I think this was a waste of time for me. The scores were completely off and the level of difficulty was too high compared to the actual test. I doubt I got a 20 on this test from what I remember.

    OVERALL: Sorry for the long post but I hope it helps! If you guys have any questions please ask! I will answer whatever you got!

    One question from me: My GPA is a 3.46 and Science is a 3.3. This is only because of freshman year and ever since then, my GPA has always been above a 3.7 for the following semesters. DO I HAVE ANY CHANCES TO GET INTO ILLINOIS OR MIDWEST SCHOOLS?
    -Please let me know!!! :eek:
     
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  3. crew09

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    KILLED IT.

    GPA and DAT are solid dude, ur good to go!

    So you did destroyer 5x for chemistries, how long did it take you? Did you do a certain amnt of problems each day?
     
  4. toothlove

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    Thanks! You think my GPA is good enough?

    And Yup I did it 5 times like periodically throughout my studying. I used to do about 20 questions at a time and then review my answers. I did this about every other day the last month of my test. Destroyer was the BEST for the Chemistries!!
     
  5. mikekisss

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    Hey congrats on your excellent scores! That's not a bad GPA either. I'm sure you will be fine. Schools take into account the increase in your GPA.
     
  6. grldent

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    Congrats.....those are awesome scores.... and u did destroyer 5 times..wow.
     
  7. crew09

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    Yes, based on the ADEA handbook of dental schools your GPA is competitive and well within the range of accepted students. gl!
     
  8. toothlove

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    Yup 5 times. It paid off! lol. After awhile it was going by pretty fast.

    And thanks CREW09. Hopefully it works out!!
     
  9. smaredia

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    Congrats!!!
    I'm taking it on the 5th of Aug. You have a pretty good chance, don't worry, you did great. Your overall score and PA score is pretty strong and GPA is not bad. Just ace your interviews!! Good Luck!!
     
  10. toothlove

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    Thank you! Reassurance is always good lol. And goodluck with your DAT let me know if you need to know anything! :)
     

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