WOW, first off, the SDN community is S-M-A-R-T!!!!! It is so impressive to see so many people scoring 20+, when I studied like CRAZY for the past 3months and do not really have the scores to prove that... but anyway, I am happy and relieved and did the best I possibly could. I am a non-trad who studied communications in college and took my pre-reqs after college. I took the exam last September with awful results... I applied anyway (b/c I had already paid all the fees) and obviously did not get in. I quit my job in March to study full-time for this test while finishing up Physics 2. I put in about 6 hours a day mid-March to mid-May, then 8-10 hours a day mid-May until yesterday. I would wake up, go to the public library open - close... Starbucks on weekends to mix it up. Plus I studied a TON last summer for the first time I took the test. So here are the scores: Last Year (Sept 07) -----> this year (June 08) BIO 16 -----> 19 GC 15 ------> 16 (oops) OC 16 ------> 18 PAT 16 ------> 18 RC 19 ------> 19 QR 16 -----> 18 TS 16 ------> 18 AA 16 ------> 18 It is amazing that SO MUCH studying only increased my score 2 points... but I feel a LOT better about these scores and I know I did the best I possibly could. Reading about the test on SDN helped me a LOT, although some things I read were misleading, so please keep in mind every test is very different. Anyway, I'll give a little review while the info is still fresh in my mind... first of all, the entire experience was pleasant, which really put me in a good mood! It was a beautiful day in NYC, the proctors were very nice, I had flat screens and real pencil and paper... it helped a lot. In NYC, the 1 Penn Plaza testing center is great. The 42nd St is much worse in comparison. Anyway... BIO - my heart was racing going into this section, but I calmed down after plowing through the first 10 or so questions with no problem. Out of the 40 questions, I would say I saw 30 in one of my 3 major study aids... Destroyer, Achiever, or TopScore. I wouldn't say 1 is better than the other - but I do think all 3 together helped out tremendously. I had no crazy questions at all! (or maybe I didn't think they were that crazy b/c I had seen them in Destroyer?!) I really did not think this section was as tough as people have said... I think the things I got wrong were things I should have known and just got mixed up. GC - wow, I hate chemistry. I guess this section was more "conceptual" like people say, but it seemed very strange to me to be asked "conceptual" chemistry questions that I have NEVER seen on any type of practice test. I was really confused and knew I was doing terribly as I went along, which was not a good feeling. I also had 3 acid/base questions, which is my worst subject. Ugh! OC - I was soo nervous going into this section... I have always done poorly on practice tests and could never get my score up! I even got a 14 on Achiever on Friday. Well, I guess the stuff I knew well covered the majority of this section... I am relieved with an 18. I'd say Destroyer is extreme overkill... there was not ONE crazy reaction! Much more similar to TopScore and Kaplan Q's. PAT - I thought I did better on this... I was dreading hole-punches and looking forward to paper-folding (my fave)... however hole-punches were fine and paper-folding was harder than anything I've seen. I was getting 18s and 19s on CrackDAT so I would say that program is a fair indication of how you will do, however in a different way... (cube-counting and hole-punch was much harder on CrackDAT, but paper folding was much harder on real DAT...) The angles were OK, I didn't think they were as bad as people have said. RC - last time I had the ethics passage.. this time the 3 passages were much more interesting... I actually enjoyed reading them. However, I have only scored 23+ on practice exams, and now two 19s on the real test, ugh! I know the ones I got wrong had to do with author's "tone"... I don't even know how to suggest preparing for those Q's! I was a communications major so I really wanted a 23+ on this section... but I really don't know how I would have prepared differently. QR - not that bad at all... if I did not even know how to begin solving a problem, I picked an answer and moved on. There are plenty of doable questions. Overall, I think the key to this exam is EXPOSURE... expose yourself to as many DAT questions as humanly possible. I also used OAT, PCAT, and some MCAT materials from Kaplan. I took each TopScore and Achiever test at least 6x each (the science sections). I went through the Bio and GC section of Destroyer 3 or 4x. You might not want to hear advice from a sub-20-scorer... but ask me any questions you'd like, I'm always willing to help! And to all those who have studied like maniacs and gotten below a 20... you are not alone!