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Jun 12, 2006
  1. Pre-Dental
    How do you study PAT?
    I think the Kaplan's PAT isn't helpful. It's so easy.
    However, the achiever's PAT is really hard and it takes a lot of time to see all the possibilities of other answers.
    Do you look at all the possibilities of other answers? Is it helpful?


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    Jun 4, 2006
    1. Dentist

      You really do have to look at all the answers cause they can get tricky. Don't eliminate answers too quickly in this section since a simple turn of the piece could make it fit in a hold that looks totally wrong


      You can usually eliminate 2 choices very quickly cause a piece of the puzzle is inverted or an obvious cone is made out as a column in the answer, etc. Usually you then have to count lines in the other two options to see whether a dotted line or solid line should or shouldn't be in the answer.


      Just got to eye. If I see two really close angle, I put my thumbs over both of them very close to the angle and then I can usually tell from these smaller lines if the angles is bigger or smaller.

      Hole Punch:

      Study with Achiever...it's the same. I draw a giant 4x4 square on a piece of paper and when I get a harder folding pattern, I work from the hole punch backwards and make dots on the paper as I go to determine where a hole will be or if the hole moves as the paper unfolds


      I count and list all the cubes in a figure before I start. (like)
      Figure 1
      5 5 5
      4 4 4 4 4
      3 3 3
      2 2 2 2 2 2 2
      1 1

      then I answer the questions and start again with the next figure.


      for the easy ones...eliminate fast and keep going

      for the hareder ones, take a few seconds to orient the piece in your mind and where all the shaded and unshaded parts are. Sometimes with simpler shapes that have shading, I even draw a sketch, but then it's just a bunch of looking and eliminating.
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