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the best ways to prepare for DATS?

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Beagle, Mar 15, 2002.

  1. Beagle

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    This will be the first time I'm taking the DATS!
    I finish school at the end of April and ideally would like to take the DATS in July.
    So that gives me about 2 months of hardcore studying. I have never even opened the DAT books~
    So this will be a start for me. Do you guys think 2 months is good enough? What is the ideal amount of time /day to study?? I suppose the answer would be as much as you can right?
    Would anyone like to share a typical day of hardcore DAT studying....what did you do on free time if anything???
    THanks!
     
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  3. vixen

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    when I took it the first time in aug 2000, I studied for 2 months and got an 18/17. I'm retaking it this august and I'll have about a month of study time (I'm crossing my fingers, hoping that its enough time!, what do you think?)

    Beagle, I think 2 months is adequate...once you're into the first week, you'll have a better idea of how much time each day you need to put into studying...and make sure you test/quiz yourself each week so you can push yourself. Good luck!!!

    Any older predents think my 1month of study time is good for retaking it? It took my awhile to decide to retake it, and I don't want to take it later than august.
     
  4. vixen

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    I still went out sometimes, went to a couple of movies, etc. I studied quite a bit, but you'll know when you NEED to take a break...push yourself...this is it, give it your all!!! One typical day of studying for me...

    8-10am: gym
    11-4/5: studied (very few 10min breaks)
    5-7: other stuff...dinner, a little tv/computer time
    8-~10: study some more :)

    whooppeeee
     
  5. Beagle

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    Simseema
    I think that one month is enough time for you to refresh your memory. Since you took it once, it will be easier this time around.
    Your scores last time were pretty good so I am sure you will do even better !
    You are applying in June and taking it in august?
     
  6. vixen

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    yup. my finals are done at the END of may, then I'm going to india for 2.5 weeks (necessary trip) and when I get back, my mom said I HAVE TO work part time if I want to stay in nyc, so I'll have about 1.5 months to work part-time while studying for the DAT. I plan on taking it at the end of August, and hopefully that's not too late...what do you think?

    Good luck to you! Just study your butt off, think of it as the last thing you can do to improve your chances!!!

    take care :)
     
  7. groundhog

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    Simseema17,
    Just remember, working part time and studying for the DAT is no easy task. On the other hand, finding time to study for the DAT may be tougher than you think if you are living with family back home. You can do it. Good luck
     
  8. vixen

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    hmmm...groundhog, your post confused me...

    I'm living in the nyc w/a roommate...my mom and bro are in albany (where I'm from). I'm going to India because 2 of my aunts died (one lived here, other in India) recently and my mom needs me w/her. T

    This is something I was def not expecting (one died only recently), so I feel like I'm between a rock and a hard place (again!). Half of me doesn't want to go to India, work and study for the DAT the whole summer...although my mom says "thats ok"...I know she doesn't mean that...and she'll be very upset and let down. I'll also feel wrong and will probably regret it.

    I was REALLY upset the other night knowing that these are the circumstances for the summer...basically, they're not prime circumstances, but I feel like I must balance what I need to do, knowing that this DAT score is extremely important, I am planning to study my hardest...really commit and time manage well...something which I can do (I think) when times call for it.

    My mom is the single most important person in my life...single-mom-pediatrician, I feel like she's done everything for me, her sisters (esp the one living here) were a great source of strength for her, being single etc. They were both very young, one 35 (from breast cancer), and the most recent one 40 (from a TOTALLY unexpected aneurism). Another thing is that now I have 4 cousins w/no mom's, and they're between the ages of 10-13. My aunt that just died recently, her husband just lost his job right before she died and he is kind of immature, doesn't know what to do now. A lot of my extended family depend on my mom for a lot, and now she's basically a mom to my cousins...

    I'm gonna stop rambling, but this is a really tough decision for me...3 important things and I cannot give up any of them (going to India, studying for the DAT, and working part-time).

    Wow, I didn't mean to explain a lot my story, but this year has started w/some very sad and misfortunate things...All I can say is I'm going to give it my all and study my butt off for that test...

    take care
     
  9. MYDDSDREAM

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    WOW best of luck to you and your family; life will eventually reward.
     
  10. Beagle

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    simseema
    I am sorry to hear about all these unfortunate happenings in your life. It is a shame that your cousins will be left without a mother. However, it does sound as if your own mother is a GREAT ONE and the two of you together will be able to help your family out in these tough times.
    As far as taking the DATS late in August--is that ok to do? Apply in June and take them almost 3 months later? I am so confused about this whole sending in your app before you take your DATs things! I have never had an application where it said you could take your GRE's or SATs after you turn in your application! But everyone says its ok on the forum! Does it make you a weaker applicant if you apply first and do not send your DAT scores along w/ your application in full? Or does it not matter? what is your opinion on this matter?
    BEaGLE
     
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    on the app, it asks about your DAT scores...and it says if you haven't taken them yet, to put down the expected date of when you're going to take it. I don't think its a bad thing...if you were to apply in June but then didn't take the DAT until FEBRUARY, that's another story. From what I've heard, the ball doesn't really start rolling until the fall...your application is looked at in the order it was received, so if you get your DAT scores in to them by August or September, that's fine. If you're debating to take it earlier than august, I wouldn't...august is NOT late...study w/the extra time and you'll be better off...August is by no means late...its still pretty early...

    from what my prehealth advisor told me, they don't really start looking at stuff till the fall...so don't worry. Apply early, and send in your scores when you're ready to take the DAT...your DAT is something you don't want to rush to take just to get the scores in. Like I siad, I think you'd be MUCH better off, taking the extra month and studying, getting a better grade...

    good luck :)
     
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    Like mostly everyone else, I recommend taking a full month out for the DAT - it's going to make or break you. I took O. Chem last summer...and it went to the beginning of Sept., then school for me started at the very end of Sept. So, I had a little less than a month. I took a really light load fall quarter and studied pretty much every day. I have to admit that it was quite difficult at first...having stressed myself out with Organic for 3 months...it took me a couple of weeks to really get into it. However, as it got closer and closer, I was studying 7 hrs. a day. I didn't take a review course, just used the big Kaplan book as my guide. If I didn't think I remembered something or didn't think Kaplan explained it well, I would use other DAT reviews I had gotten from eBay. I found some really great PAT books as well and scored pretty high on that. I think if you have the time...take a review course...but I did just fine w/o it and got into my first choice this year.
     
  13. Beagle

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    Simseema
    Since you are applying for the second time, will you be using the same essay?
    I am dreading that part of the application!
    Anyway, thanks for your advice! I will take it and apply in July, but take the DATs in Aug!!
     
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    I guess that didn't make sense...
    I will send in my app in July and take the DATS in Aug..
    It takes about 1 month to process your app to the AADSAS anyway right?
     
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    I'm def not using the same essay. I'm going to use some parts and expand on them, but I'm also going to change it up a bit. I think it was good, but it can always be better...since I'm not a great writer to begin with, I'm gonna try and get a lot of feedback...

    yes you're right, its the worst part of the app, so try and do it ahead of time. The other stuff is just tedious...

    back to studying....argh :mad: <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     

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