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How do they score the DAT

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by LMUKID, Jun 15, 2002.

  1. LMUKID

    LMUKID Member
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    Does anyone know how they score the DAT. I know that it is out of 30. I just took a diagnostic test at home but really don't know how to find out how well I did. If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    -jesse-
     
  2. DAT is composed of many different questions, this include the question that are really simple and those that are a little bet harder than normanl. And the only person that can answer your question is the test maker, and each test has its own degree of difficulty. So, each DAT exam differ from the other one and the only person who can answer your question is the test maker.
    I hope this help
     
  3. DesiDentist

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    Every DAT question is worth the same and there is no penalty for guessing. However, the exact grading is not concrete because that depends upon the people taking and what their scores are. So I guess there is some "curve" taking place in the grading. Sorry I can't answer this question with a straight answer.

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  4. ItsGavinC

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    LMUKID,

    There is some flucuation between scores from exam to exam, for example, missing a certain # of questions will not always get you the same score if you were to take the DAT multiple times. There are some general scoring guidelines, however. Chances are slim that these scores will directly correlate to your diagnostic exam, but they should be fairly close, which will at least give you some idea of what your scaled scores would be. Scaled scores usually fall within these guidelines:

    Quantitative Reasoning
    30 = 40 questions correct
    29 = 39
    26 = 38
    25 = 37
    24 = 36
    23 = 35
    22 = 33-34
    21 = 31-32
    20 = 29-30
    19 = 27-28
    18 = 24-26

    Reading Comprehension
    29 = 50 questions correct
    28 = 49
    27 = 48
    26 = 47
    25 = 46
    24 = 45
    23 = 44
    22 = 42-43
    21 = 40-41
    20 = 38-39
    19 = 35-37
    18 = 31-34

    Biology
    29 = 40 questions correct
    26 = 39
    24 = 38
    22 = 37
    21 = 35-36
    20 = 34
    19 = 32-33
    18 = 30-31

    Gen. Chem
    28 = 30 questions correct
    25 = 29
    23 = 28
    21 = 27
    20 = 26
    19 = 24-25
    18 = 22-23

    Organic Chemistry
    30 = 30 questions correct
    28 = 29
    25 = 28
    23 = 27
    21 = 26
    20 = 25
    19 = 23-24
    18 = 21-22

    PAT
    30 = 90 questions correct
    29 = 89
    28 = 88
    26 = 87
    25 = 85-86
    24 = 84
    23 = 81-83
    22 = 78-80
    21 = 74-77
    20 = 70-73
    19 = 65-69
    18 = 59-64

    Remember, these may not directly apply to your diagnostic exam or the actual DAT -- but they are close enough to gauge your performance and make adjustments to study habits.

    These guidelines DO apply to Kaplan exams, TopScore Pro exams, and the sample exam included in the DAT registration packet.

    -G
     
  5. racemic01

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    Think of it as sort of a bell curve with the majority of test takers earning a 17-18 or so. A smaller number of ppl get a 19. Even smaller number get a 20 etc. I'd say shoot for a 19 or higher. 17s and 18s are okay. I'd watch out for the 16s and lower.
     

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