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Dat is done! 7/26/2011. Advice :)

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by toothlove, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. toothlove

    Jun 1, 2011
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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.

    BIOLOGY: 20
    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?

    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.
    -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!!!
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  3. AlbinoPolarBear

    7+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2011
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    For someone who got a 23 AA, I would guess you would have enough common sense to check out the "What are my chances" thread that's stickied on top of the forum... :thumbup:
  4. dentaldreamer12

    Jul 16, 2011
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    Hey im starting to study for my DAT and I was wondering how long did it take for you to go through all that material?
  5. toothlove

    Jun 1, 2011
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    Albino: I was just hoping for advice on anyone with similar experience.

    Dental Dreamer: I started studying in January, but that was like twice a week. So I think I wouldve been able to just go through everything in about 2-3 months studying hardcore. Goodluck! Let me know if you have any particular questions!
  6. amalgamgrillz

    Removed 2+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2008
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    Ok, then listen to albino and do so in the appropriate place. :thumbup:

    Jul 29, 2011
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    Dental Student
    WAW that fab.... How were you doing on you PAT practice tests in CRACK DAT... how did it compare to your real PAT? I am having such a hard time with angle ranking... can't get it straight any advice
  8. toothlove

    Jun 1, 2011
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    Hey I was getting around 20's to 22's. I think it was the best prep for the actual test. However, the keyholes were very hard on my test compared to CRACK DAT! TFE was pretty similar. So was everything else. Angles was like exactly the same. The trick I used for angles was the Hill Technique and sometimes the Laptop Technique. After using these, I started getting around 13's to 15's on practice exams. Goodluck!

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