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Just took the DAT

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by stevenweng, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. stevenweng

    stevenweng New Member 2+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    So I just got back from taking my DAT

    TS: 21


    Some notes for those who may be interested:
    Gen chem is A LOT more conceptual than I expected, which led to the lower score. If you are focusing your study primarily on problems, then you may run into the same problem I did.

    Orgo was fairly straightforward but make sure you understand how basic rxn mechanisms work because there were a lot of slightly tricky problems that didn't go and give you obvious reagents to work with.

    PAT is WAY easier than Achiever, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. :p It was probably on par with Kaplan blue book, even though for some reason people always think Kaplan is too easy.

    Materials I used: 3rd edition Kaplan Blue Book, DAT Destroyer, DAT Achiever. First is to solidify your knowledge in Kaplan, make sure you know the book well. Don't gloss over any minute details because the biology section ranges from obvious to obscure.

    Do DAT destroyer over and over again, I can't stress enough how important and good this book is. In the supplmental revision material that I got when I ordered the book, there were 2 or 3 questions that showed up on my DAT almost word for word. In any case, I know people are tired of hearing it, but the DAT Destroyer was the most important centerpiece of my studying and I think I got pretty good scores. Just keeping going over and over that book!

    DAT Achiever I bought one week before my DAT in a fit of panic. It's way harder than anything you're ever going to see on the real DAT, and it prepared me in a way, but kind of hurt me psychologically because I kept scoring 16's and 17's, and I went into the exam not as confident as I probably could've been.

    Anyways, hopefully if that helps anyone...
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  3. jol2008

    jol2008 5+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2007
    WOw such outstanding scores. How did u prepare for the RC section?
  4. Drill2Fill

    Drill2Fill DentalStudentWannabe 5+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    Great Scores, I am doing the same things as you, and hope to get the same scores.
  5. stevenweng

    stevenweng New Member 2+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    The DAT Achiever definitely helps, the passages there were on-par with what I saw on the DAT. Also note that if you're studying from Kaplan blue book, their RC sections tend to focus on fact-finding type questions, whereas in the real DAT they definitely have a half-half distribution of fact-finding and kind of interpretive (what tone is the author taking, how would the author most likely finish this paragraph, etc.) type questions. good luck.
  6. pre-dentalguy

    pre-dentalguy Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 7, 2006

    This is an awesome wealth of information that you just gave. I've been studying Kaplan over and over again. Although I don't have dat achiever or destroyer, I do have Top Score. You didnt mention anything about it, but do you think it could be more helpful than destroyer or achiever?

    As for the GenChem section, I'm mainly focusing on understanding the problems based in the book. I don't understand how it could be conceptually challenging. I just thought that they'd give you problem and that's it!!! Maybe I'm a little off the mark!
  7. BodybldgDoc

    BodybldgDoc Guest

    Jan 13, 2007
    In your closet
    good job. what were you scoring on the PAT with achiever?
  8. jdmsamurai

    jdmsamurai 2+ Year Member

    Feb 11, 2007
    incredible scores....i might have to buy DAT destroyer...whats the website for it again?
  9. Lonely Sol

    Lonely Sol cowgoesmoo fan! 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    How does the bio compare to any other test materials?
  10. Nowhat14

    Nowhat14 5+ Year Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Great Scores! Thanks for sharing!
  11. stevenweng

    stevenweng New Member 2+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    I didn't use Topscore, can't help you there. I suppose it wasn't conceptually "challenging" more than it just caught me off guard with the types of questions. Usually after I'm finished studying gchem I'd have 2 or 3 pages front and back of math scratchwork. In that sense, there weren't a lot of calculation based gchem problems, but make sure you know the trends of everything, solubility rules, ionic interactions and salts. That's all I can remember...hope that helps.

    17, 17, 17

    I found the bio to be what I expected; reasonable problems mixed with really obscure ones. An example of a tricky problem was one involving figuring out oxygen affinity differences between fetal and adult hemoglobin, but presented in a very roundabout way using an oxygen dissociation curve. I think the questions are slightly easier or on-par with DAT Destroyer, but not by much.
  12. mut9ya

    mut9ya 5+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    May I ask what is the website for Achiever?
    And what was your scores for the Kaplan practice exams?
  13. dentalgirl0206


    Mar 27, 2007
    are you selling your material or where can I buy the destroyer
  14. SimSimma

    SimSimma Banned Banned

    Jan 30, 2007
    great scores.. congrats!
  15. Law0830

    Law0830 Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    those are excellent grades...congrads you should have no problems of getting in.
  16. poc91nc

    poc91nc Banned Banned 7+ Year Member

    Nov 5, 2006
    Did you feel that the conceptual questions were harder than the destroyer? Also, how good of a grasp did you have of the destroyer conceptual questions...did you know the conceptual/descriptive material inside and out? Felt comfortable applying them in novel situations? Thanks!
  17. quikag1

    quikag1 10+ Year Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    Nice job and great job on the details of your study habits. Congrats and good luck with the application process:thumbup:
  18. DATClinic4Life

    DATClinic4Life 2+ Year Member

    Jan 25, 2007
    there are some scores you got. nice job
  19. RozhonDDS

    RozhonDDS 7+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2006
    all you need is acheiver and top score, there is no reason to ever purchase the dat destroyer
  20. noni

    noni Dr.noni 2+ Year Member

    Feb 16, 2007
    How did you study for PAT?
    I am studying from kaplan book (3rd ed.) and Barrons. Is it enough?
  21. noni

    noni Dr.noni 2+ Year Member

    Feb 16, 2007
    I am looking for more PAT practice tests, which tests I should get? Do you have the Kaplan PAT practice tests, could you sell those? I am looking for a Kaplan CD with all PAt tests.
  22. lifeisgood

    lifeisgood the original 5+ Year Member

    Dec 21, 2005
    San Clemente, CA
    I disagree. I think if you want to reach that next level, one should use the Destroyer.

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