My DAT experience

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  1. ikulu

    ikulu 2+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2012
    Hello everyone,

    I just finished my DAT a couple hours ago, and I am exhausted. However, I will do a quick break down of my experience.


    To start things off, my gpa isn't high, so I understood I will need to do well on the DAT exam in order to compete with students with stellar GPA and DAT scores. So instead of working full time, I found a part time job during the weekend, and I basically just treated studying as my full time job for 3 months.

    The course materials I used for this exam were: DAT destroyer, Chad's Videos, Math Destroyer, Cliff's AP biology + feralis notes, DATbootcamp and Crack the PAT.

    I would say Cliff's biology (+ bootcamp) covered around 80% of the questions on my exam. The Feralis notes and the dat destroyer (440+ questions) covered the other 20%. If I had to redo it again, I would probably focus more on the feralis notes and Cliff's AP.

    Study method: Believe it or not, I didn't take any biology notes, not even 1 page. I basically just read the text book and the feralis notes over and over again. I probably read over 4 times each. Then I did the a LOT of questions. I went over the DAT destroyer (biology section) 3 times, and made sure I understood every single mistake on there. Moreover, I did the Bootcamp Biology until I hit 100% every time. The bootcamp had the most representative questions compared to the exam.

    Basically, I just read the materials over and over again, until they're cemented in my head.

    I thought Chad's quizzes along with DAT bootcamp really covered everything (90%). The last 10% I would have to thank DAT destroyer. I honestly felt like I knew how to do every question on the chemistry section, but I guess I made a silly mistake somewhere during the test.

    Study method:
    Unlike how I studied biology, I copied down everything chad had to say in his videos. I watched his videos at least twice (and right before I sleep, I would just randomly select one to fall asleep with -__-) . I did the DAT destroyer three times (now I think about it, it was really an over kill), and I also made sure I got 30/30 on the bootcamp every single time at the end.

    Basically, I did a lot of questions, and I listened to chad lol.

    Organic Chemistry
    I thought this section was very basic. Compared to the DAT destroyer, the actual exam would be considered as laughable. I would say Chad and the Bootcamp are the way to go for this section, the DAT destroyer is really an over kill.

    Study Method:
    Same as how I studied for General Chemistry! I knew going in to this exam that the DAT bootcamp is the most representative material (which it is), so I just forced myself to get used to the wording on the bootcamp (for both gc and oc) so there wouldn't be any surprises.

    Basically, bootcamp + chad would cover everything you need to know for this exam, but use the dat destroyer if you really want to know everything.

    Finished all three sections with 18 minutes to go. I just went through all the questions again during the time.

    Reading Comprehension
    I would consider myself as an average reader. I knew reading comprehension was going to give me the most trouble, because I could only score a 21 at the highest through bootcamp. (I didn't redo the RC exams on the bootcamp, because it kind of defeats the purpose). So I just tried my best and hoped for the best.

    For the actual exam, I got a passage that was 15-18 paragraphs long (I can't remember). In the end of that passage, I just lost focus and I started panicking. That's probably why I only got 19 in this section. (Reached the time limit)

    I only used bootcamp for this section and I felt like the questions were not as representative as to the actual exam compared to the other sections. I think if I was good with search and destroy, it would probably be the method of choice.

    Basically, just bootcamp it. lol

    A lot easier than the bootcamp. The exam was equivalent to Crack the PAT. I think I lost all my marks in the angle section, so just be prepared to see some 3 degree differences. (I had at least 5 questions that were all different by just 3 degrees)

    I thought the bootcamp helped the most. The bootcamp has much harder key hole and folding patterns questions than the actual DAT. I would get 20's on the DAT bootcamp, and 23's on the Crack the PAT. I went over all the questions (75 questions for each section) on the DAT bootcamp without time limit. I didn't use any line counting method, I just used my perceptual ability for the TFE section.

    Basically, I used DAT bootcamp as the primary practice and I supplemented it with Crack the pat (5 exams).

    Questions were all over the place on my exam. It would jump from trig to algebra to word problems, then back to trig. I thought I would've done a lot worse in this section than my actual mark. I had to guess at least 5 questions throughout the exam. The questions on the DAT/Math Destroyers were representative of the actual exam. I used the formulas I learned through the Math destroyer, so I guess it was a good investment. The calculator on my computer was lagging and it kind of threw me off.

    I spent the least time on math. I knew most of the formulas already, but I wasn't familiar with my trig identities. The math destroyer was very good in covering the trig questions! The bootcamp was surprisingly good at estimating my math scores. I would get an average of around 20 on bootcamp, and that's what I got on the actual exam! However, the questions on bootcamp seemed harder than the actual exam.

    Basically, DAT/Math Destroyer this section! Don't just rely on chad's videos for math, do problems!!

    That's all for my breakdown. Sorry if I made grammar mistakes. I am exhausted, and I don't feel like staring at this screen anymore. Let me know if you have any questions.

    My gpa is 3.1 overall (my first year was 1.8 lol). My major is Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and I have a really strong upward trend, so I hope I can get interviewed somewhere.

    Let me know how I did and any opinions/suggestions are welcomed!
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  3. Toadesque

    Toadesque 10+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2007
    Omg everyone is scoring 29 on Gen Chem it's making me so jealous, I can barely manage a 20 :(. Please teach me your ways!!!

    Great job though!
  4. Riz0791

    Riz0791 2+ Year Member

    Jul 10, 2011
    Very impressive scores, congrats:thumbup:
  5. Illfavor

    Illfavor 5+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    With a solid upward trend and a top .3% DAT score you should be in good shape!
  6. ikulu

    ikulu 2+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2012
    Thanks for the response man. I just sent out my applications to more schools. I am a Canadian trying for American Schools, so I have applied to Boston University, NYU, USC, and Western so far. Do you have any suggestions to where else I should also apply?
  7. Illfavor

    Illfavor 5+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2012
    I'm just terrible with this sort of stuff. I only applied to 5 schools and pretty much only looked at cost and location. Maybe search around, I have no idea how things work for international applicants.
  8. free99

    free99 SDN Moderator 5+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    big scores, congrats!
  9. ikulu

    ikulu 2+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2012
    Thanks Free99!
  10. Toadesque

    Toadesque 10+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2007
    Do you remember what you were scoring on the sciences in Bootcamp the first time you took the tests?
  11. ikulu

    ikulu 2+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2012
    Yes, I recorded everything in my notebook. I will dig those out later!
  12. Dotoday

    Dotoday 7+ Year Member

    May 27, 2007
    Great job. Awesome scores.

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  13. ikulu

    ikulu 2+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2012
    Boot Camp Tests (First time)
    1) 25/30 --> 23
    2) 27/30 --> 26
    3) 25/30 --> 23
    4) 21/30 --> 19
    5) 17/30 --> 19

    1) ?/40 --> 15
    2) 22/40 -->15
    3) 27/40 --> 17? (Didn't record)
    4) 29/40 --? 18
    5)36/40 --> 25

    1) 25/30 --> ?
    2) 20/30 -->18
    3) 26/30 --> 21
    4) 26/30 --> 22
    5) 22/30--> 20 (hard exam)

    1) 61/90 -->19
    2) 55/90 --> ?
    3) 54/90 --> 18
    4) 74/90 --> 21
    5) 57/90 --> 18 (was distracted by others in the library)

    1) 30/50 --> 18
    2)? didn't record
    3) 34/50 --> 20
    4) 40/50 --> 22
    5) 37/50 --> 21

    1) 25/40 --> 20
    2) 27/40 --> 20
    3) 26/40 --> 20
    didn't do 4 and 5. I did math destroyer instead!

    I hope this answers your question Toadesque!
  14. Toadesque

    Toadesque 10+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2007
    Thank you ver much!

    Bootcamp is strange man. I also got a 25/30 on the first O-chem exam and I got a 19. Is the score based on how other people did? Your next exam you got 20/30 but received an 18.

    How long ago did you take those exams btw? I'm going to feel like crap if those were from like when you just barely started studying lol
  15. ikulu

    ikulu 2+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2012
    Toadesque, I didn't do these tests till I finished the first round of chad's videos, dat destroyers, cliff's ap! Don't feel bad, you can do it!!
    Please read my other post right before I did my exam. I honestly thought I still didn't know anything right before my exam, and I turned out doing alright. So don't ever feel bad about studying. Your scores are only gonna improve the more you study, it won't decrease!!
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  16. ikulu

    ikulu 2+ Year Member

    Aug 15, 2012
    Good Luck to those that are cramming for the DAT exam! If you have low GPA like me, make sure you nail the DAT! This is how I got into NYU this cycle! I am just trying to encourage and motivate whoever that needs it! If I can do it, YOU can do it!
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  17. distressstudent

    distressstudent 2+ Year Member

    Sep 3, 2013
    Congratulation! That's really encouraging to hear : )
  18. taylooor


    Sep 22, 2015
    Hey! I guess I am a little late to congrat you but congratulations! I am in the same boat as you score wise. My GPA is about the same range as you but I did well on my DAT. (99 percetile)

    I am looking at the same school as you applied. I was wondering if you got in? I really hope you did. Best of luck with everything.
  19. austinpatton

    austinpatton 2+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2012
    Greenville, SC
    WOW! 99.7% is nuts!

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