Here's my DAT math story (and it turned out to be a good one!):

I was **worried** to the utmost degree about the math on the DAT. I haven't had any sort of math in 6 years, and reviewing even some of the simple stuff in the Kaplan book felt extremely foreign to me.

I took my DAT on a Tuesday, and knowing that I would have trouble remember formulas, etc. for the math section, I started really hard-core studying for it on the Sunday before the exam. I reviewed each section several times and felt that I could at least score a 16 on it, or perhaps a 17 if I was lucky.

As I said, this really worried me because I felt that the math section would kill my academic average. Basically, I felt so poorly about my math skills that I though the difference between a good math score and a bad math score would place my academic average anywhere from an 18-21! That's a HUGE difference, and my practice tests showed that it mostly hinged on my math score.

Test day came, and I must have been the luckiest person in the testing center. I had **NO** trig, and **NO** geometry of any sort. All of my questions were simple math, with the exception of 2 or 3 word problems which sat on top of my already fried-brain and merely fizzled.

I didn't have to use a single equation that I had memorized! Some of the questions were so simple that I felt like I was in 5th grade (a real question: What is 15% of $80?). I lucked out and scored a 19 (a decent score, 86%ile!). I could have done way better, even with my poor math skills, if that would have been the first section tested on. Because it is the last, I was tired and didn't even compute a question or two just out of the sheer desire to leave the center.

So, moral of the story = pray hard and you may do alright on the math section, even if you don't study! I did!