So did I Crack the DAT? Long Breakdown...

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  1. kevinrho

    kevinrho 7+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    This will be a long breakdown!
    I want to thank everyone on SDN for all their breakdowns and support!
    This is the second time taking the DAT. I took the DAT in August of 2010 while rushing it so I can get my application through.

    DAT 2010

    Bio: 18
    Chem 18
    Ochem 20
    RC 21
    QR 18
    PAT 24
    TS 19
    AA 19

    I think I had a pretty easy version the first time I took it. I applied to 18 schools, my application didn't go through until mid September. Landed 2 post December interview, but was waitlisted. Applied to the SFSU Post-bacc interviewed, but got rejected. So here I was back to ground zero.

    I had a full-time job at a dental office as a front desk receptionist, office manager, and did billing. However, I quit the job moved back home so I could study full-time.

    DAT 2011

    Bio: 20 (88%)
    G-Chem: 26 (98.8%)
    O-Chem: 21 (85.7)
    Pat: 24 (98.1%)
    RC: 19 (52.2):scared:
    QR: 19 (91.2)
    TS: 22 (95.6)
    AA: 21 (93.4)

    Started studying at the beginning October, Monday through Friday from 1pm - 12 am. (Test was registered for 1:30pm) Always took Saturday and Sunday off to relax and hang out with the family. (I think this really helped me from going insane)
    However, after the first month I started using a stopwatch to keep track of how many hours I actually studied. It was suggested by a fellow SDNer. By keeping track with a stopwatch, I only averaged about 5.5-6.5 hours a day. This is something I highly recommend, to see if you are really studying.

    Followed Dentalworks 8 week program to begin with, but the daily schedule was too slow for me so I watched more videos per day.

    Biol (20): Materials used; Cliffs, Barrons, DAT Destroyer, and DAT QVault. I am really surprised on the score I received, a lot of the questions were straight forward. However, I had a lot of the questions marked. Cliffs was great and very detailed, Barron was good and was easy to read. What I did here was read one chapter of Barrons then read one chapter of Cliffs afterwards. DAT Destroyer was good for all the random details. DAT Qvault was great, I did all 10 tests averaged 18-19 and never cracked 20. DAT Qvault is an amazing resource because of how nice it is setup with the solutions. They often give you tips on remembering certain concepts. I had a question on the DAT that was almost word for word from Qvault. The one thing I really enjoyed using Qvault for was eliminating the wrong answer choices.

    I almost rescheduled my DAT on Monday night because I felt like I wasn't ready for the Biology section, but I already booked my hotel which was non-refundable. So I told myself to just relax and sleep on it. Thought about it some more and told myself, I would never be ready for the Bio section.

    Gchem (26): Chads and Destroyer, these are the only two items you need for both Chem sections. I used chad the first month to review and did Destroyer 4.5 times. Not much to describe here, but PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. I honestly thought I did horrible on the gchem section during the test, I guess I knew more than I thought.

    Ochem (21): Chad and Destroyer. Did destroyer 5 times, I did better than the first time I took the DAT, but while I was taking the DAT I was thinking that this ochem section has been one of the hardest sections I've taken. I'm glad I received the score I did.

    PAT (24): Crack DAT. I got the royal flush edition last year and reused it. I only went through 7 practice tests this time around and got within 22-25. I barely studied for this as I already had a pretty good grasp on it. Mainly used it so I won't be rusty as it showed the first few tests I took even though I was still getting a 22 or 23. For all of those who are having trouble with this section, just practice and you will be fine. When I first started last year it took me 1 hour to get through just 45 questions. But I just practiced and practiced.

    Break: I used it just to calm myself down because I felt like I blew the Sciences. I told myself to suck it up and just try to do well on the RC.

    RC (19): Topscore and Crack RC. Both were great resources because with Topscore you get your SnD and with Crack RC you get all those other questions. Used it to practice my timing, as I already knew what worked for me because of the 21 I received the first time I took it. These passages were definitely harder than when I first took the DAT. When I first took the DAT, all the passages were 14 paragraphs and they were all easy reads. The first passage I read was very dense, took me 20 minutes to read and get through the questions. Then second passage came up and it said ETHICS… I s**t myself and said crap I'm really going to have to retake this damn test!!!!! Took me 25 minutes to get through this very long and tough passage. I knew I only had 15 minutes left to answer almost 20 questions and read the last passage so I just did search and destroy. Found all the answers and was definitely the best choice because it was definitely an easy passage to search and destroy.

    QR (19): Math Destroyer and Chad. Chad was just so and so, but Math Destroyer was key. The test wasn't too bad I felt like I knew most of the questions, but I guess I didn't know enough to get more than a 19.

    What I did different the second time.

    The first time I took it I was going to use DentalWorks 8 week program, but didn't and just said I'll study using my own method. I studied one subject at a time. Spent one week on gchem another week on another subject. This didn't turn out to well.

    I actually had a plan and schedule. As mentioned above I used DentalWorks 8 weeks as a foundation. Used it the first couple of days, but decided that going at that pace I wasn't getting enough done in one day so I kicked it up a notch. Make sure you make adjustments that will work for you. I studied all subjects every single day instead focusing one subject at a time. I spent more time with Destroyer and actually did Destroyer Bio. The first time I took it, some people said destroyer is too much and had a whole bunch of random information so I ignored it. I also got Barron's Bio so I had another source of Biology.

    Topscore 1 took it on November 18:
    Bio-18, Chem-17, Ochem-18, Pat-23, RC-18, QR-18

    Topscore 2 took it last week:
    Bio-18, Chem-18, Ochem-19, didn't do Pat, RC-18, QR-18

    Topscore 3 took it 3 days ago:
    Bio-17, Chem 17, Ochem-25, QR-18.

    ADA 2007 – forgot what I got, it was way too easy for chem and ochem. On par for Bio

    ADA 2009 (paid) – Took it a week ago.
    Bio – 21, Chem-21, Ochem-19, Pat-25, RC-18, QR-15:scared::mad:

    Sorry for the long break down, I wrote it hoping to help someone who will be taking the DAT soon. If I can do it, you can too!!! I'm not a smart person, just studied hard. I really wished I got around a 22-23, just like everyone else, but I am satisfied with my scores and will not be retaking it again. I will be re-applying again June 2012. Hopefully it works out better for me this time around.

    If you have any questions feel free to ask me on here or pm me.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2012
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  3. ushaseos

    ushaseos -Classified Information- 5+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Congrats! Glad to be done?

    Your sciences are excellent! QR never really matters much (from what I hear, at least). Regardless a 19 is more than passable be it QR or RC. KILLER PAT score too!

    "I would never be ready for the bio section" - Truer words have not been spoken. Bio is so random, the subject material so vast, it is pretty much the luck of the draw. In my case, there were 8 questions I was unsure of and I ended up getting 4 of them right (at least I guess I had to for my score to be what it was in the end). It was just good luck that I got half of them right a couple more than my score would have easily fallen to 19 or 18 on a bad day.

    EDIT: I got the ethics passage too and it was long and there were SO MANY names and concepts in it. Were your passages Fungi, Ethics and Epithelial -> Mesenchymal?
  4. kevinrho

    kevinrho 7+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    ushaeos. Thanks... I'm glad to be done. My sciences are excellent? haha nothing compared to yours! We had the same test =). Throughout the whole test I was thinking oh... crap.... i'm going to have to retake this damn thing.
  5. molar3

    molar3 2+ Year Member

    Jul 4, 2010
    you did awesome!!! congrats!! amazing! :D:D i knew u could do it
  6. ushaseos

    ushaseos -Classified Information- 5+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    Actually our G Chem scores are identical, Ochem is only different by 1 and Bio is all luck so the gap isn't as wide as you might think. Regardless your score is great and if your lowest is 19 you have nothing to worry about! Great job!
  7. Dotoday

    Dotoday 7+ Year Member

    May 27, 2007
    Great job. Big improvement. Congratulations.
  8. kevinrho

    kevinrho 7+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    Molar3: Thanks!!!! I hope everything is going great on your end.

    Ushaseos: That's true. I didn't realize it. I was searching the forums earlier and I just realized that we destroyed the infamous FRAP exam. Great job to you too!

    dotoday: Thanks!
  9. ushaseos

    ushaseos -Classified Information- 5+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2011
    What is this FRAP exam? I mean I'll believe you when you say we destroyed it. We're hardcore like that of course.
  10. Riz0791

    Riz0791 2+ Year Member

    Jul 10, 2011
    Great scores. Congrats!
  11. kevinrho

    kevinrho 7+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 2009
    ushaseos: the bio question... "Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching"

    Riz0791: Thanks!

    hope you all had a great Christmas!
  12. kctat


    Jun 10, 2012
    Ok, I am new to this forum and I am planning on taking the DAT in the near future but I was wonder what exactly Topscore is (software or site or...) and where I can find it (I tried searching google but saw a little of both)? Also another dumb question but when you say Cracked RC (which I see a lot on many different forums) is it the Cracked DAT software which is similar to the Cracked DAT PAT software but the reading portion?

    Thanks! Congrats by the way!
  13. DentalDiva RDH

    DentalDiva RDH 2+ Year Member

    Jun 2, 2010
    Topscore is a downloadable testing software you purchase online, if you google Topscore Pro, the website will come up, it's there! Crack RC is the reading part of the Crack DAT software.
  14. DAT12

    DAT12 2+ Year Member

    Jan 22, 2012
    Congrats. Great scores. Your pat will def make you look better even tho your scores are fine

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