Must-Take Classes to Prep for DAT

Discussion in 'DAT Discussions' started by Pearl E. White, 05.20.14.

  1. SDN is made possible through member donations, sponsorships, and our volunteers. Learn about SDN's nonprofit mission.
  1. Pearl E. White

    Pearl E. White 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    05.20.14
    Messages:
    77
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    Hey everyone!

    I'm new to SDN and obviously I want to be as prepared as possible for the DAT. I don't currently have a timeline for when I'm going to take it; however, I want to think about and plan for the classes that have helped you all succeed. Besides the basics, Gen Chem 1/2 and Orgo 1/2, Calculus, and most people have said Bio (I took Zoo, I'm pretty sure those are about the same) what else? Is there anything else that is beneficial or should I just hammer home the basics and go over study materials? :thinking:
     
  2. SDN Members don't see this ad. About the ads.
  3. mardr2b

    mardr2b 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    06.20.12
    Messages:
    167
    Location:
    NY
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    anatomy and physiology is a must in my opinion.
     
    Pearl E. White and cacajuate like this.
  4. Pearl E. White

    Pearl E. White 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    05.20.14
    Messages:
    77
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    Okay, I will definitely try to squeeze those in before taking my DAT. I'm getting way ahead of myself. I'm wanting to start DAT practice now and I'm not even close to taking the exam... Thanks for the advice.
     
  5. dentalstudentprospect2

    dentalstudentprospect2

    Joined:
    04.07.14
    Messages:
    95
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    It would be an uphill battle studying the bio section without having taken anat/physio but it's not impossible. I took the test without any of those classes. If you have the schedule to squeeze in those classes then I highly recommend it.
     
  6. Pearl E. White

    Pearl E. White 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    05.20.14
    Messages:
    77
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    How did you do? If you don't mind my asking...the problem is I'm a BioChem major and a lot of the extra biology classes will be hard to fit in until after junior year when I'm pretty much in the clear schedule-wise. I'm a quick learner and chemistry is not hard at all to me, but I feel like the people who posted their awesome breakdowns had more biology than me.
     
  7. GJMeig

    GJMeig 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    07.01.13
    Messages:
    486
    Status:
    Dental Student
    Bio =/= zoo, what would make you think this? Take your intro bio classes at least. Then A&P is very helpful. Some not necessary but helpful classes could be microbio and genetics.
     
  8. Pearl E. White

    Pearl E. White 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    05.20.14
    Messages:
    77
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    I thought the two courses would be equivalent because my advisor said they were. However, he was a sociology major so maybe he's not the best person to tell me... :(
     
  9. Glimmer1991

    Glimmer1991 SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    05.05.12
    Messages:
    3,501
    Location:
    NC
    Status:
    Dental Student
    If you use the right resources to prepare for the DAT, there aren't really any "necessary" classes... but a science background can certainly help.

    I wouldn't start studying for the DAT too far in advance. You'll just forget things. I think that ~3 months of intense studying is the best plan of attack. The only thing that would be beneficial to study any earlier in advance is the PAT section.

    I took the DAT without anatomy/physiology and was fine. In fact, I took the DAT after my sophomore year, so I had taken few upper-level bios. I just learned all of the material in Cliff's AP Bio and Barron's AP Bio. However, I agree this A&P would have been very helpful. Genetics was helpful, too. Plant A&P could be helpful.

    Heck, they're all helpful. Like I said, though, just learn the stuff in Cliff's AP Bio and Barron's AP Bio and you should be fine.

    Check the ultimate breakdown collection link in my signature if you haven't already.
     
    Last edited: 05.20.14
    Pearl E. White likes this.
  10. Pearl E. White

    Pearl E. White 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    05.20.14
    Messages:
    77
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    I will certainly do that. I have read good things about your breakdown. Thanks, Glimmer!
     
  11. dentalstudentprospect2

    dentalstudentprospect2

    Joined:
    04.07.14
    Messages:
    95
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    I got a 25 in bio. Like glimmer said, you don't NEED to take any classes as long as you thoroughly study the right prep materials.
     
    Glimmer1991 likes this.
  12. Pearl E. White

    Pearl E. White 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    05.20.14
    Messages:
    77
    Status:
    Pre-Dental
    Wow, great job dentalstudent! And thank you for the help. I'm pretty good at eliminating answers down to a few and making an educated guess. Sometimes that's all you need. Thanks again! :)
     
  13. Glimmer1991

    Glimmer1991 SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 2+ Year Member

    Joined:
    05.05.12
    Messages:
    3,501
    Location:
    NC
    Status:
    Dental Student
    Plenty of people do really well on the bio even though they haven't taken many upper-level courses. With hard work and the right study tools, it is totally doable. :)
     
    Pearl E. White likes this.

About the ads

Share This Page