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% Orgo I vs. % Orgo II on DAT

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by hoss19, Mar 4, 2007.

  1. hoss19

    hoss19 half iron, half man 5+ Year Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    Hello all. I am in middle of planning summer classes and potential DAT dates (as I am sure many of you are!) and I was curious to know what some of you who have taken the DAT think the breakdown is of Orgo I vs. Orgo II on the test.

    I have heard from some people in my program that DAT is not heavy on Orgo II and that getting a good score on the Orgo part of the test does not necessarily require having taken Orgo II. Others have said that I would be a fool to take DAT before Orgo II.

    My situation is this:
    Take Orgo II first summer period; take second summer to study for DAT; take DAT in early August.
    Take first summer semester to study for DAT; take DAT late June; take Orgo II sometime after...

    I am all for making my own decisions, but I am curious to hear what SDNrs have to say, especially those who took DAT w/o Orgo II under their belt. Thanks!
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  3. Indie

    Indie Member 2+ Year Member

    May 2, 2006

    Wait till you take orgo II.... I would say more than half of my test was from orgo II related stuff... It can only help you to have taken it... even if it was 25% orgo II, do you want to go into the test not being prepared for ANY questions??
  4. dddsmack

    dddsmack my baby and I 2+ Year Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    Heber City Native
    My DAT was like 95% organic 1 and 5% organic 2. That 5% was aromatic rings and spec. I had a few questions on rxns of rings and 1 on HNMR.

    But that is just me. I am positive someone will get on and say they had mostly orgo2 and even some biochem (sugars and amino acids).

    Good Luck

    PS I didn't have orgo 2 completed and scored as good or better than 99.3% of test takers.
  5. 4thQtrDreams

    4thQtrDreams Good times, for a change. 7+ Year Member

    Sep 1, 2004
    San Francisco
    I think my test was like 75% orgo 2, and 25% orgo1, and I did have at least one sugar question and one amino acid question.

    So long as you take the DAT by August 15th i think you'll do better with your first plan.. But are you sure your school offers orgo in a single summer session (1 month long?)
  6. johnway83

    johnway83 2+ Year Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    My exam was rougly 70% Organic II and 30% basic material from Organic I. Trying to take the DAT without taking Organic II isn't a wise decision in my opinion. If I were you, I would take the course, study for the DAT THEN take the exam.
  7. toothy85

    toothy85 Duck duck goose 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2006
    i had no organic on my dat
  8. RICEman

    RICEman 5+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    I don't know about you guys but my orgo 1 topics were like orgo 2 - except that orgo 2 seems to go in deeper details. I'm in the same predicament as the OP. Not sure if my plan of studying orgo 2 on my own is enough. Many DAT reviewers question are mostly orgo 1 stuff. Even the ADA pdf description of Organic test section is like orgo 1. We used Paula Bruice organic text.

    any thoughts on these...?
  9. pmantz

    pmantz Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    Me either, There was this section about hydrocarbon chemistry. I agree with the majority here. I remember my first semester orgo was slower and the second semester alot more info, cause the foundation was established the previous semester. Most important chemistry I learned in II. And the DAT reflected that about 25% was about easy stuff.

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