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Finally done - June 2

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by drtoothy, Jun 2, 2008.

  1. drtoothy

    drtoothy 2+ Year Member

    May 14, 2007
    So I'm FINALLY done...

    Bio 19
    GC 22
    OC 25
    PAT 22
    RC 20
    QR 20
    TS 21
    AA 21

    To study, I used Kaplan, Destroyer, and TopScore. I also referred to Campbell's Bio and McMurry's Orgo a bunch of times if I was confused about something. Bio was seriously exactly what everyone else said - completely random. I was scoring in the low 20s on all my practice tests and thought I was the best prepared for that section, but that just goes to show you how weird this test can get...

    My practice scores were ALL OVER THE PLACE...seriously. I got a 15 on Orgo yesterday on my last Kaplan practice test. Believe me, I know how discouraging those practice tests can be at times, but just keep a clear mind and you'll be fine.

    PAT was definitely harder than anything I used. I normally scored 23-25 on the practice tests, but the angles really are 1 degree apart and the other stuff can get tricky too.

    I was doing well on RC and QR too, but during the real thing, it felt like I was running out of time. The reading passages seem a bit longer and of course, QR can get really tough.

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks to everyone on this forum - it really helped to have this kind of support network before the exam. For those who have yet to take it, good luck!
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  3. OMFS08

    OMFS08 Tooth Extractornator 7+ Year Member

    May 11, 2008
    My hat of to you man. I am studying for the DAT, taking it August. How long did you study?(months) How many hrs per day? How many Chapters Per day? Did you wait till you finished studying before using the destroyer? Did you read kaplan blue book twice or once?? Please I need as much advice as possible. I am aiming for a 25 honestly.
  4. doc3232

    doc3232 7+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2008
    good job, what were your Kaplan scores? on midterm, final, full lengths?
    please do tell which is which.
    Thanks in advance
  5. alltheway

    alltheway 2+ Year Member

    Apr 29, 2007
    Wow, you did great. What did you use for the QR?
  6. allstardentist

    allstardentist All-Star 10+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2006
    Los Angeles
    great job.
  7. Orgodox

    Orgodox 7+ Year Member

    Feb 8, 2008
    New York
    Wow nice job on the organic. Any tips there?
  8. userah

    userah 7+ Year Member

    Aug 9, 2007
    holy crap. congrats on the phenomenal scores. 20 on QR jesus lol, you're a beast!
  9. jigabodo

    jigabodo Dentist 10+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2006
    Louisville, KY
    Wow. Nice score indeed.

    See you in dental school!
  10. drtoothy

    drtoothy 2+ Year Member

    May 14, 2007
    Thanks so much, guys! Feels great to be done -- good luck for those who'll be taking it soon!

    I honestly don't know HOW I managed those scores. I took the Kaplan course (kinda a waste of time unless you need a solid schedule) and used a lot of the material they had online. I studied hardcore for 2-3 weeks and didn't have any other obligations, which REALLY helped. I'd literally wake up and study, eat, and then go to bed. I think that's really essential for this exam. I read through the blue book once and then jumped into practice tests and Destroyer. Destroyer was the best resource I had, I think. I was scoring in the high teens for most of my Kaplan practice tests, but I consistently did well on PAT, QR and RC, all three of which were far harder on the real exam. Towards the last week, I took the TopScore tests and the extra Kaplan tests. I always scored about a 19 in the sciences, sometimes lower. The day before my exam, I went against the rules, took a practice test, and got a 15 in Orgo!!!! The thing is, the practice scores really don't matter as much as how much you review the questions you got wrong. I would literally spend hours going through my tests after I took them.

    I was freaking out that last week, but I really tried to stay calm (I hardly ever do). I didn't review the morning of, even though I thought I would. It was way too stressful and wouldn't have been productive. It helped to think of it as just another practice test. Your concentration is also heightened during the exam, so that helps too!

    So yeah, let me know if you need any other tips or have any questions! And GOOD LUCK! STAY MOTIVATED!!!
  11. drtoothy

    drtoothy 2+ Year Member

    May 14, 2007
    In my opinion, Orgo is pretty similar to the other practice test questions. It was really straightforward and there were 1-2 weird questions that tested you on exceptions or rare reactions, but that's all. I reviewed my old Orgo textbook a lot and I had taken awesome notes when I took the course, so I reviewed those as well. Destroyer is amazing...make sure you use that!
  12. drtoothy

    drtoothy 2+ Year Member

    May 14, 2007
    Good luck! Work hard, and I'm sure you'll do fine!

    I studied hardcore for 2-3 weeks, with absolutely nothing else to do. I took a lot of breaks in between, so I guess it was about 8 solid hours of studying per day. I did read through Kaplan before I touched Destroyer. I would do about 50 questions at a time and then go over them and see what I got wrong, then move on to the next 50, etc. I used Destroyer about a week and a half before my exam, alongside TopScore and Kaplan practice exams. Make sure you read the explanations thoroughly! It really helped!
  13. PSU SHC 414

    PSU SHC 414 7+ Year Member

    Nov 26, 2007

    Great job - especially on the ochem!
  14. CannabisWERD

    CannabisWERD 2+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    What were your quantitative reasoning and reading comp scores for your topscore practice tests, and if you don't mind what were your kaplan quantitative and reading comp scores.
  15. drtoothy

    drtoothy 2+ Year Member

    May 14, 2007
    My QR and RC scores were a lot higher on my practice tests...somewhere around 23, sometimes higher, sometimes lower. The real test is a bit harder because of nerves, time, and sometimes even the material.

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