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Hello all,

This is actually my first post. So, my appologies that I have not been participating. But I always found it helpful to read other people's scores and opinions. And it's my turn to return the favor.

So, first off, my scores.
PA 30
QR 19
RC 18
Bio 20
GC 22
OC 19
TS 20
AA 20

Besides the PA section, which I am surprised how well I did, my scores aren't too impressive. I was wandering what you guys would suggest me doing. Retake it or not? My GPA is 3.5, and I have one more semester to graduate. I will be applying for 2008 cycle.

So what do you guys think? Which schools would I have chance to get in if I don't retake it? I'm an international student as well so no state schools.

This is how I studied. Since I usually take above 19 credits hours for classes, my studies have been on and off depending on how busy I get with schoolwork. I used the Kaplan (MCAT and DAT) book, Achiever, Topscore. Did not take the course. Barrons for PAT

I can't give much suggestions about the academic portion of the test but PA section, I'd say go with Achiver. You can use other sources as kind of a "warm up." Do as many warm up questions as possible before you even try to use Achiever. It'd be waste of good problems if you don't have the fundamental.

Aperture passing: you can eliminate at least 2, so go from there. Barrons helped

Orthographic projections: first try to visualize with the two pictures given, don't look at the answers first which can confuse you.

Angle: use process of elimination until you have to make a choice. If close, guess it and mark it. You SHOULD come back later to re-try. Somehow you have better chance of discriminating when you come back. (to do so, solve the easy ones as quickly as you can)

Hole-punch: Achiver is the way to go. Use Kaplan's symmetry method for every folding if you know what I mean.

Cubes: if you miss any in this section, you got no chance. Easiest section with least "perceptual ability" needed.

Form development: most of them are obvious. But if you have time, actually draw the figure and shade in (don't do it for every question). It might take longer but I'd say you will get it 100 percent if you do.

When you feel like you got stuck, mark it and move on. But make sure you do other questions lightening fast and come back.

And don't hesitate to invest in many questions as possible. Since I did not take the course, I saved like what 1000 dollars? So, spend more to get questions.

I hope this was helpful.
 
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Achiver 1: 18
Achiver 2: 20
Achiver 3: 19

I thought these were waaaay harder than the actual. But at the same time, these werent really "hard" but just takes longer time. It's like bunch of hard questions which you would get not that many in DAT. As you see, I never thought I would get 30. I wasn't especially talented in PAT section, but with lots of practice and little bit of luck, the result came along. (at lease for PAT) :)
 

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Well, definately think about applying to UOP, they are known for looking at PAT section alot. Also, do you remmember what your RC topics were or any bio question that you were really stuck on?!
 

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Great scores. How in the world did you get a 30 on the PAT, lol, I don't think I seen anyone with a 30 on any section.
 

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yea I heard about UOP for PAT section. mmm and I'm not supposed to share any actual Question info. So no.
 

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haha I know right? I was like 30? no way... and went down to other scores and...was like nope computer seems to be doing fine.
 

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how's the difficulty level of DAT compared to test-prep?

mmm you know how kaplan questions are very easy? There are decent number of those. Then, there are ones that takes longer time like Achiever questions.

There are more easy ones than the hard ones. Overall, I thought the PAT section was pretty easy. Except, the some of the angle questions were pretty intense.
 

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Woww that PAT blew my eyes away amazing score. Everything is solid to i dont think you have anything to worry about! Best of LUck!
 

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Those scores are really solid, and im not even gonna say anything about that PAT bc im speechless. Congrats and good luck with the application process
 

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Are you interested in selling your achiever and topscore ?? please let me know ? can email me at [email protected]

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quote=Nowhat14;4847451]Hello all,

This is actually my first post. So, my appologies that I have not been participating. But I always found it helpful to read other people's scores and opinions. And it's my turn to return the favor.

So, first off, my scores.
PA 30
QR 19
RC 18
Bio 20
GC 22
OC 19
TS 20
AA 20

Besides the PA section, which I am surprised how well I did, my scores aren't too impressive. I was wandering what you guys would suggest me doing. Retake it or not? My GPA is 3.5, and I have one more semester to graduate. I will be applying for 2008 cycle.

So what do you guys think? Which schools would I have chance to get in if I don't retake it? I'm an international student as well so no state schools.

This is how I studied. Since I usually take above 19 credits hours for classes, my studies have been on and off depending on how busy I get with schoolwork. I used the Kaplan (MCAT and DAT) book, Achiever, Topscore. Did not take the course. Barrons for PAT

I can't give much suggestions about the academic portion of the test but PA section, I'd say go with Achiver. You can use other sources as kind of a "warm up." Do as many warm up questions as possible before you even try to use Achiever. It'd be waste of good problems if you don't have the fundamental.

Aperture passing: you can eliminate at least 2, so go from there. Barrons helped

Orthographic projections: first try to visualize with the two pictures given, don't look at the answers first which can confuse you.

Angle: use process of elimination until you have to make a choice. If close, guess it and mark it. You SHOULD come back later to re-try. Somehow you have better chance of discriminating when you come back. (to do so, solve the easy ones as quickly as you can)

Hole-punch: Achiver is the way to go. Use Kaplan's symmetry method for every folding if you know what I mean.

Cubes: if you miss any in this section, you got no chance. Easiest section with least "perceptual ability" needed.

Form development: most of them are obvious. But if you have time, actually draw the figure and shade in (don't do it for every question). It might take longer but I'd say you will get it 100 percent if you do.

When you feel like you got stuck, mark it and move on. But make sure you do other questions lightening fast and come back.

And don't hesitate to invest in many questions as possible. Since I did not take the course, I saved like what 1000 dollars? So, spend more to get questions.

I hope this was helpful.[/quote]
 
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