I have found that the average DAT test taker does not even FINISH the math section. So, the average student randomly answers the last however many questions, and gets a 17 (the supposed average). So, the advice given previously of skipping questions that will take a long time for you will help by letting YOU choose which questions you want to spend time on. What if the last 7 questions are easy for you but you don't have time to get to them because you spent all your time on really difficult questions? To get a top score, you need to learn how to make the difficult questions simple. This is done by learning the right equation (rate problems), translating quickly (word problems), or finding special triangles quickly (any problem), and simply being a fast math problem solver. To score above average, you simply need to FINISH.