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NOVEMBER OAT BREAKDOWN

Discussion in 'OAT Discussions' started by mar2018, Nov 3, 2018.

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  1. mar2018

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    So I took my OAT today and I promised myself I would do one of these since they've helped me so much.

    I was originally supposed to take the exam October 26th but I definitely was not ready and I decided to push it back a week to give myself a little more time, definitely one of the best decisions I made.

    I got a subscription to DAT BOOTCAMP and that's basically what I used to study. Since the ADA makes the OAT and DAT this resource was really beneficial to me and I would totally recommend it. They did have practice physics questions too which were great in my opinion.

    I kinda studied really on and off for a few months but the last 5-6 weeks was when I really started. I didn't leave my house and just spent 12-15 hours studying/doing practice. I did practice for about 2 and a half weeks after completion of the content review. I would say the best thing you can do is practice. YOU LEARN SO MUCH WHEN YOU PRACTICE. It's literally so so so important. I took only 1 kaplan practice test that I got from the purchase of the big blue book (please don't purchase the kaplan book, it's a huge waste of money. Course saver or bootcamp would be leaps and bounds better than kaplan).

    I didn't do any reading practice, this has always been a weak point for me but I just didn't have a lot of time so I just focussed on the math and sciences (this turned out to be a mistake lol). I would definitely say it's worth doing a few practice sections for reading just to get your strategy down.

    Also, Theres a ton more DAT practice stuff than OAT so I would just google practice DAT exams sometimes if I needed extra help. 1 free resource that I didn't use too much but would recommend is Defeatthedat.com. It's Chad from the coursaver videos and theres a ton of practice, video explanations, and practice tests for OC/GC/and QR. For QR I watched ORGOMAN's videos on youtube, I strongly recommend doing that if you're struggling with math.

    here are my scores

    Kaplan/Free ADA/ Real OAT
    Bio: 320/380/380
    GC: 330/340/350
    OC: 300/400/330
    QR: 300/350/370
    PHY: 260/330/320
    RC:330/---/ 290 (lol)
    TS for OAT: 350 (85%)
    AA for OAT: 340 (82%)

    I'm so glad thats over lol. As you can see the ADA was the best indicator of my score. Kaplan was really hard. I did also take the 2007, and 2009 dat for BIO/GC/OC as well just for extra practice.

    Bottom line: I would highly highly HIGHLY recommend DAT BOOTCAMP to anyone studying for the oat.

    if you have any questions feel free to ask!!!! I would be happy to help :)
     
    #1 mar2018, Nov 3, 2018
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  3. Hbk4321

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    Hi! Congrats on your score. I wanted to know if you saw any trig/geometry questions in your QR section. And what resources did you use for BIO section?
     
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    Thank you! I think I had 1 trig questions and 1 or 2 geometry. But it was honestly so so basic. I didnt even study it. For biology I started with AP BIO cliff notes. I didnt really like how they were set up so I switched to russelldw notes https://www.pdf-archive.com/2017/01/09/datbiology-russelldw/datbiology-russelldw.pdf . Which is cliff's bio notes with more pictures. And I took the little practice quizzes at the end of each cliff's chapter. After I got that foundation I read the DAT bootcamp notes, which are free. When I used their notes it was like a 500-page document. But now they kind of remodeled it and now it has videos incorporated into it which is cool. I didn't get to use those new notes since the change happened about a week before my exam. But they also released a 121-page document that was really great for review and only had the essentials. But in general I probably read over all of bio like 4 times. I didnt take any notes really, I only wrote down what I was having trouble with, repetition is key. If I had trouble with a concept I watched youtube videos. Crash course and bozeman science are great. and then I did all 10 practice tests from bootcamp. Practice is when the material really started to stick with me.
     
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    Thanks for sharing, it seems the Bio file you shared is not complete, do you have the complete one?
     
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    I am using the DAT bootcamp as well, did you only use mikes videos and not chads?
    Im using Mikes and Im almost finished but Im not sure if I should watch chad after or jump into practice... I found chads videos more difficult to retain.
    Also, what scores should I aim for on the bootcamp do you think? Would you say 20 is equivalent to a 330?

    Thank you so much for this breakdown also!
     
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    Hmm, did you try clicking on the pdf download on the page it sent you to? it does work for me but here's another link.
    DAT Biology

    If this still is not working to get you the notes please let me know so I can figure out another way to get them to you
     
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    So I started using chad's but I didnt feel it was as organized. I switched to mike's once I got the subscription. If I was really really confused I would first rewatch Mike's videos and then if neccessary I did watch chad's videos. I personally think Dr. Mike covers everything you need to know, he's straight and to the point, and just presents it in a more organized format. I did use the crashcourse rxn summary sheet for orgo tho and just added some things from the bootcamp summary sheet (they're basically the same). I have attached a screenshot of what I was scoring on BIO/GC/OC/QR. I did individual tests and just did them one after the other. I also did the physics question banks a ton of times over and over again. For the practice tests, the first 5 I did 1 a day and then for 6-10 I did 2 a day. And reviewed really intensely (even the ones I got right. Know why you got it right and know why everything else is wrong). That was 2 weeks before my exam. The week before I just kept redoing the GC and OC "organized by topic" questions rather than redoing the practice test. Didnt really practice bio again, basically just reviewed. Like I said I didnt do any reading practice, dont underestimate this section. You have a great resource at your disposal and it's definitely worth it to practice. I'm not honestly sure how the scoring works compared to the DAT lol but I've attached what I was getting on the practice tests, not sure if that helps too much
     

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    This was incredibly helpful. Thank you so much and congrats on your scores:)
     
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    thank you! best of luck with your studies :)
     

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