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Finally get to do my own DAT Breakdown! (23AA/23TS/24PAT)

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by BrazilianRider, Jun 2, 2014.

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  1. BrazilianRider

    BrazilianRider 2+ Year Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Ahh! So excited that I actually get to post this!

    Clearly my scores aren't the best ever (especially compared to others here on SDN), but I can't really complain. I got a ton of motivation from reading other people's breakdowns, so if I can help motivate any of you, I'll be happy.

    Before I start, I recommend people check out @DogeDDS 's breakdown... for some reason, it helped me a lot so I figured I might as well pass it on: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/such-breakdown-25aa-26ts-23pat-wow.1063267/

    So I took the DAT this afternoon, and these were my scores:

    PAT: 24
    QR: 19 :confused:
    RC: 25
    Bio: 25
    GC: 22
    OC: 24
    TS: 23
    AA: 23

    I'm going to apply with a 3.3 oGPA and ~3.2 sGPA, but I have a 3.97 trend over the last 50-ish credits. I knew I had to do well on this thing, in order to have a shot at this cycle, and like I said, I'm pretty happy with my scores.

    Exam Day: My exam was at 2PM, so I had a nice breakfast/lunch of eggs, steak, toast and potatoes at ~11:30AM, because I knew if it was any closer to 2PM I wouldn't be able to eat. Make sure you get some food in you before you take the exam, because you want to feel as comfortable as possible. For snacks, I brought Gatorade, a banana and a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich, if anyone is at all interested :p

    Study Material:
    Cliff's AP Bio (13/10)
    Qvault Bio (11/10)
    DAT Bootcamp (11/10)
    DAT Destroyer (9/10)
    Chad's Videos (9/10)
    Qvault Gen Chem and Orgo (8/10)
    Kaplan Blue Book (7.5/10)
    Math Destroyer (7.5/10)
    CrackDAT PAT (2/10)

    Study Time: I started studying the second week of January because I knew I'd have to mostly focus on school. I took 14 credits this semester, which is a lower than usual, but it turned out to be just the right amount -- any more and I would've been overwhelmed. I used @dentalWorks' study schedule, except broke each day down into two days. I'd read Kaplan/AP Bio one day, then watch Chad's videos the next. This schedule worked really well for me because I'm good at retaining information for long periods of time, but it might not work for some people.

    Even with half-day loads, I was still dedicating 4-5 hours to the DAT a day. Match this with school work, and I was literally going to classes for 2/3 hours, then coming home and studying for another 10-12 hours. It sucked. A lot. I wouldn't recommend anyone do this unless you really need too, but it does work. Obviously school was my priority, so whenever exams came around, I'd take some time away from DAT study and put it towards a specific subject. I took Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Molecular Genetics this semester, and luckily they overlapped with DAT studies quite a bit.

    So now for the actual exam...

    PAT (24): Bootcamp all the way. Seriously, don't even bother with CrackDAT PAT. The Keyhole is WAY too easy, and I just hated the exams in general. I took two CrackDAT PAT exams and then didn't touch the software after that. Bootcamp, on the other hand, is gold. I did 4 points better on the real PAT than I did on ANY Bootcamp PAT exam (highest I got is 20 on Bootcamp), and I think it was the most representative. Keyholes in Bootcamp is very representative of the real DAT, and judging on how well I scored on the PAT, I'd reckon they prepared me well. Hole Punch, Cube Counting and TFE were about as hard as the Bootcamp exams (TFE was by far my favorite/best section), but Pattern Folding seemed RIDICULOUSLY easier. Angles sucked, as they do in Bootcamp (I averaged 7-9/15 wrong on every Bootcamp exam), but they do prepare you for the real deal.

    QR (19): I have nothing to say here. I hate math, always have, always will. I'm a memorizer, not a mathemetizer. I feel nothing was really representative of this section, however... Math Destroyer and Bootcamp were both WAY harder, to the point where I feel it actually hurt me more than helped. That being said, a bunch of people have had a lot of success with these two sources, so I'm probably just an exception.

    RC (25): I'm surprised I actually did this well... I got to the third passage with only 12 minutes left, but luckily it just happened to cover something Microbiology related. I was able to fully read every passage and do every question in the 60 minute period. I hate Search and Destroy, so my recommendation is the "outline" method where you write a few words per paragraph in order to remember where everything is. My paragraphs were 13, 13 and 8 paragraphs long by the way.

    Bio (25): I thought I was getting rocked the entire time I was taking this section. I literally started cursing Bootcamp in my head for royally screwing me over on the DAT. However, as my scores show, I did pretty well, and thus I must whole-heartedly recommend Bootcamp. Along with Bootcamp, I used Qvault Bio, which I feel was slightly more representative of the real DAT than Bootcamp. Both are still must-use sources however, and I cannot recommend them enough.

    GC (22): Bootcamp prevails. Hands down, Bootcamp was the best. Qvault was okay here, but Bootcamp was definitely better. Would still recommend both. No Nernst equation (lol), but I did get an Ecell question, so make sure you brush up on your batteries. A few trends, a few equations, pretty well spread out.

    OC (24): The entire time I was taking this, I thought it was WAY to easy. I'm pretty sure I only missed one or two, which makes sense with the score. Bootcamp and Qvault were both MUCH more difficult, although Bootcamp was definitely more representative as a whole. I got a surprising amount of mechanisms, however this was to my advantage as mechanisms were my strong suit (like I said, I'm a memorizer).

    So there you go. I forgot to mention Chad's videos, but like everybody says, he's the man. The only change I would have changed in my study schedule would be to watch Chad's a second time closer to my exam, because I had basically forgotten everything by the time I started doing problems. Also, Destroyer is a GOD SEND for Orgo, Bio and Gen Chem, I went through it one and a half times, and it was amazing.

    Sorry everything is kinda unorganized and I apologize for any spelling/grammar mistakes. I'm a few beers in right now, and I'm going to enjoy watching TV for the first time in at least two weeks. Feel free to ask me any questions, and GOOD LUCK ON YOUR EXAM! You can do it!

    Finally my practice scores! I always used to stalk people's threads to see how my scores compared, so I figured other people might find this useful:



    Test 1:
    Test 2: 23/20/24/20/19/20
    Test 3: 19/24/20/19/20/20
    Test 4: 22/21/21/25/20/18
    Test 5: 22/22/21/23/20/20

    (Subject: Test 1/Test 2/Test 3...)

    GC: 24/20/21/26/22/ (didn't do Tests 6-10)
    OC: 24/24/20/21/21/20/19/22/ (didn't do Tests 9 & 10)
    2009 ADA Practice Exam (Paper Version)

    38/40 GC: 26/30 OC: 25/30 RS: 39/50 PAT: 84/90 QR: 31/40
    Real DAT: 25/22/24/25/24/19
    (just so you don't have to scroll up if you want to compare!)

    Good luck everyone!
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2014
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  3. KineticFlow603

    KineticFlow603 2+ Year Member

    Dec 5, 2012
    Great job you nailed it!
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  4. Daneosaurus

    Daneosaurus D2 5+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2012
    YES!!!! Great job! Thanks for the breakdown.

    I really hope to get similar scores - I'm freaking out so much. Just today, I considered pushing the date back (again) but my wife said she would, to put it nicely, gave me pain to my male bits with a closed fist.

    ENJOY THOSE BEERS!!!! You absolutely deserve them.
  5. BrazilianRider

    BrazilianRider 2+ Year Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Dude, you'll do fine. I see you everywhere and you were a great help to me. I can't wait to get off this godforsaken website, but I'll wait until after your test so I can congratulate you! When do you take it?
  6. Daneosaurus

    Daneosaurus D2 5+ Year Member

    Mar 13, 2012
    Two weeks from tomorrow :scared:
  7. BrazilianRider

    BrazilianRider 2+ Year Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    You got this! Stay calm, review all your practice exams/tests and rock this test! My girlfriend took the DAT today as well (we used the same study plan), and she got a 20AA, 19TS and 20PAT, so stay confident! You've got this!
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  8. Triflate


    Nov 23, 2013
    you killed it :)

  9. packerland


    Oct 3, 2013
    I am sure you two will make wonderful dental genius babies one day! :D CONGRATS to you both! Exciting stuff.
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  10. BrazilianRider

    BrazilianRider 2+ Year Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Haha, thanks! She really enjoyed that :p
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  11. matty675

    matty675 2+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2013
    Job well done! I think its safe to say you nailed it! Now go out and have some fun ;)

    I hope I can post a breakdown as impressive as that in the near future.
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  12. BrazilianRider

    BrazilianRider 2+ Year Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    I'm sure you can. I'm not the smartest person in the world, but I did put in some work for this exam. If you're focused and confident, I'm sure you'll blow my scores out of the water!
  13. Thanhn

    Thanhn 2+ Year Member

    Nov 17, 2012
    Congratulations, I see your name all the time in threads and it's absolutely wonderful to see you do so well. It sometimes feel like you become "desensitized" to 22+ scores when you browse SDN too often. However, your 23 (98th percentile+?) is nothing short of amazing. Congratulations again!
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  14. DentalLonghorn2014

    DentalLonghorn2014 2+ Year Member

    Dec 11, 2013
    Congratulations!! With that upward trend, I'm sure that you will have no problems getting interviews! :D

    Quick question though. What version of the DAT Destroyer did you use? I have the 2012 version and will retake at the end of August but I'm not sure if the 2012 version is outdated?
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  15. BrazilianRider

    BrazilianRider 2+ Year Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Thank you so much! I really appreciate it :)
    I bought the 2014 edition. However, everyone told me that the only difference is more problems. I can tell you that the extra 50-100 problems probably didn't help me all too much. The Destroyer was more for teaching me random stuff/ getting me used to what the real DAT would be like (i.e. random ass questions).

    However, make sure you utilize the answers! Dr. Romano has a really funny personality, and you can tell when you read his questions/answers (For example, I always chuckle when I remember a question where he wrote "Which behavior do animals display before mating?" and one of the answer choices was "Self-Sacrificial Behavior" :p )
  16. DentalLonghorn2014

    DentalLonghorn2014 2+ Year Member

    Dec 11, 2013
    Hahaha I see!
    Thank you so much!

    Best of luck with applying :D
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  17. BrazilianRider

    BrazilianRider 2+ Year Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Thanks, you too!
  18. DentalLonghorn2014

    DentalLonghorn2014 2+ Year Member

    Dec 11, 2013
    np! and thank you!
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  19. Ari Rezaei

    Ari Rezaei Senior Member Lifetime Donor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

    Mar 14, 2012
    New York, NY
    Phenomenal scores! Congratulations, enjoy those beers!
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  20. DogeDDS

    DogeDDS Wow 2+ Year Member

    Mar 8, 2014
    YEAHHHH!! You killed it! Congratulations on those scores buddy, I knew you could do it.
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  21. biomolecmed

    biomolecmed 2+ Year Member

    Apr 7, 2012
    Awesome job. Congratulations.
  22. ziggy1104

    ziggy1104 2+ Year Member

    Jan 5, 2012
    Congrats! I've seen some of your posts on here and I'm sure you're so happy to have this thing behind you...I know I will be :p Enjoy those beers!
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  23. Dotoday

    Dotoday 7+ Year Member

    May 27, 2007
    Great scores and awesome breakdown.
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  24. BrazilianRider

    BrazilianRider 2+ Year Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Hey everyone, sorry it took so long, but I added my Bootcamp/Qvault/2009 ADA Practice Exam scores! Let me know if you have any questions :)
  25. wildzodiac

    wildzodiac 2+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2014
    pretty much my reaction overall to your scores:
  26. *Garam Masala*

    *Garam Masala* 2+ Year Member

    May 23, 2014
    ^^^^ LMFAOOOOO! I nearly peed my pants from that video clip
  27. BrazilianRider

    BrazilianRider 2+ Year Member

    Oct 28, 2013
    Haha, thanks a ton dude!
  28. derbear

    derbear 2+ Year Member

    Apr 15, 2014
    True North
    Nice bootcamp scores...would have expected at least a 25AA+with those. Still, nicely done.
  29. JHekmati


    Jun 24, 2014
    these scores are insane!!
  30. keewee981

    keewee981 "Whatever you are, be a good one" 2+ Year Member

    Jul 18, 2014
    Amazing scores!! Im taking mine tomorrow and i got the same scores as you did for the 2009 ada test for sciences!! I hope to do as good as you did
  31. biomolecmed

    biomolecmed 2+ Year Member

    Apr 7, 2012
    Do you think it is better to study more than one section per day, or dedicate the whole day to one section?

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