Lindbergjb

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I was planning on taking the DAT at the end of my sophomore year and applying to school my junior year. I was wondering if i could use those scores or would i have to retake it? (do they except year old DAT scores)
 

Mamona

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I think most of the school mention DAT not older than two years. This was my plan originally (taking DAT my sophomore-junior year), but my pre-health advisor told me that if I sent an old DAT they will think I am applying again!!! But now that I went through the whole process I realize that it is not true, when you fill out your application and secondary applications they ask you if this is the first time applying or not, so old DAT just tell them you took the DAT early not that you are applying for the second time. I will say if you have your prerequisites with good grades (A) and you feel confident you know the material, go ahead study during the summer of your sophomore year and take the test, if you don't do good you have pleny of time to study again, and now you have experience.
On the other hand I can tell you I took the DAT in my senior year, and at that time I had a lot of high level science classes, which were very useful in the biology section, so if you wait a little longer you have the benefit of getting more knowledge and some subjects will become more clear. But I think that if you get good sources to study like APbio cliffs or Shaums biology, you will be fine. Study, study, study and you will fine. GL
 
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Oralfixation

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Yes they will accept those scores and it will give you time to re-take the DAT if you do not do well the first time. I would advise you to study for at least 90 days, and I mean 8 hours per day for that test. It is nasty. The reading comp and perceptual ability cannot really be studied for. "Topscore pro" will help you become aquainted with the perceptual ability part and have you doing as well as possible for that portion. You can get that here: http://www.scholarware.com/datcover.htm
"Standard deviants" chem 1 thru organic 2 is in my opinion the best study guide for chem. You can order them at: http://www.standarddeviants.com/
They are silly and tacky but they work. I never found a good tool for the biology or math portion of the DAT. Just some info I wish somone would have given me. Cya and good luck.
 

Jake8

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There is a whole subforum for DAT and study guides and I suggest you look there as there is a lot of info and also a lot of opinions. My suggestions is if you have done the prereqs already, you can use that whole summer to study every resource out there and take it before you go back to class.

First time around I half @$$ed my studying, and that taught me that to do well you have to bust it hard and basically hermit for a good two months. The more time you put in the better reward you will get.
 

Lindbergjb

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Yea that was what i was thinking. I took a practice test but only did the 90 PAT questions and 45 QAT questions and got a 23 and 19. I think the bio and chem will be the bulk of my studying. Thanks for the replies
 
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