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Eating during DAT break

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by STACM, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. STACM

    STACM 7+ Year Member

    Dec 24, 2006
    For people who have taken the DAT, were you allowed to eat during your break? I was thinking of bringing a sandwich. Or should I just eat a huge meal beforehand?
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  3. War Eagle

    War Eagle 5+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    I suppose you could. I had a bunch of skittles that I brought with me to give me a second wind for the last half.
  4. AndyK

    AndyK 7+ Year Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Houston, TX
    I hear that doing thinking intensive tasks like taking the DAT or studying on a full stomach makes it more difficult to recall knowledge. I'm not sure if that's true, but from personal experience concentration comes easier when I'm not full but not so hungry I can't think about anything but food.
  5. Epictetus21

    Epictetus21 Dentist 7+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2008
    I just took the DAT today and you can bring food. They give you a little 1' by 1' locker to put your keys, wallet, and snack in. I would not recommend eating a big meal beforehand, it tends to make people sluggish and you need to be on top of your game. I took an apple and juice, but a sandwich would be good too. Just something to give you a little boost between sessions. Just remember that you only have 15 minutes, and they go by pretty quickly. Also, don't drink a lot of water before the test, there's nothing more distracting than having to pee during a timed test.
  6. harrygt

    harrygt 2+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2008
    I agree with ANdy and Epic. Don't eat too much and also don't eat at the break. Keep on doing the test. It's just 4 and half hours, and you will be much focused without the break, rather than stressing yourself out during the break. Just eat enough [and not too much ] before you leave home for the test [I would say a good jam breakfast if you are taking the test around 9 am, or a big pancake with a small cup of milk anytime elsse, before leaving home], so you won't feel hungry for 4 hours and half. Overall, we are not supposed to eat something in every 5 hours, are we?
    I'm taking mine at 8:30 on July, 22nd, when my mind is going to be so fresh early in the morning.
  7. samdds

    samdds I have faith in myself 5+ Year Member

    Jul 19, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    You are allow to eat during your break. For me, I ate something very light and took sip of my energy drink to keep me awake. But keep in time with your break, they computer will automatically start the reading section once time break is over.
  8. PreDent2009

    PreDent2009 5+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2007
    Lol, I went with the same skittle method for my break also. You definately do not want to eat anything substantial.

  9. STACM

    STACM 7+ Year Member

    Dec 24, 2006
    I dont get it, since when has taking a test on a full stomach lowered a person's performance on a test? I know being hungry would deffinetly be worse than being full while taking the DAT, and I dont think I could survive on just skittles (or any small snack). If I eat cereal at 8 am, take the test at 9:30am, ill for sure be getting hungry around 11-12, and the test wont be over until 2 pm! If I can't eat at the testing center, I was just gonna eat a big sandwich right before I start the test.
  10. DRHOYA

    DRHOYA 2+ Year Member

    May 15, 2008
    I would suggest eating "Product 19" cereal for breakfest before DAT because it contains 100% of all daily vitamins and minerals..............j/k:p.

    Do whatever makes you feel comfortable while taking the test. Reward yourself with a nice meal after you get a nice score that night.
  11. harrygt

    harrygt 2+ Year Member

    Jun 16, 2008
    Drhoya, what time are you gonna take yours? I'm taking mine at 8:30 am. Gonna wake up 6:30 in the morning. Have a relax breakfast till 7. Get ready till 7:20 ish, and ask my dad to drive me to the test center. I don't even wanna drive on that day.
  12. billythekid

    billythekid 5+ Year Member

    May 18, 2008
    Can you bring water to the computer?
  13. DrReo

    DrReo "Thread Necromancer" 10+ Year Member

    Jun 29, 2007
    I belive you cannot. At my testing center, I was required to take everything out of my pockets and only bring my ID, that was the only thing allowed on my desk (excluding markers and laminate paper provided). I went for the water fountain on break, though! :thumbup:

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