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The official "Hot Damn! My DAT is over" thread!

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by ItsGavinC, May 31, 2002.

  1. ItsGavinC

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    Yep, that's right -- I'm done! A little about my testing experience:

    The center where I took the test is under heavy construction so there were guys wearing hardhats everywhere and lots of hammering, etc. The center gave us earplugs, but those offered no help in combating the paint fumes which seemed to get stronger by the hour. There wasn't any wait at the center and I finished early.

    The test itself wasn't too bad. Biology (as everyone has already stated) had 4-5 weird questions that I had to guess on. This was material that I had never encountered before. The remainder of the questions were very simple almost to the point of being remedial. They were very general and mostly concerned with cellular functions/organelles. I didn't have anything related to excretion or digestion. Gen. Chem was far easier than the practice exams I had taken, yet there was one question that I probably stared at for 10 minutes or so. I finally guessed on it. O. Chem was something I was anticipating, since it has been one of my favorite undergrad subjects. I didn't study at all for this section and breezed through it as I had anticipated. The PAT wasn't too bad, although I now know why everybody complains about the angles. Those were tricky, but the pattern folding really got on my nerves. Reading was simple and I finished the section in just over 30 minutes. My passages were on "The Brain and Language", "Gene Therapy" and "Echinodermata Oocytes". Math was by far my worst section on the practice tests. It's been so long since I had the stuff and I didn't care to study it. In actuality, it wasn't too bad, and I had mostly simple algebraic problems, etc. No Trig. or Geometry.

    So, here are the scores:
    Academic 20
    PAT 23
    Quant Reas. 19
    Reading 24
    Biology 19
    Gen Chem 18
    O. Chem 21

    Thanks to all those who offered encouragement throughout this process! Now on with the applications...
    :)
    - G
     
  2. groundhog

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    Well done Gavin.
     
  3. smile_doctor

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    Way to go Gavin!! Just send in your application and interview invites will be on the way. <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
  4. vixen

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    congrats gavin! :rolleyes: now go celebrate this weekend before the application is online :)
     
  5. space kacy

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    Great scores dude.
     
  6. cusp of carabelli

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    congrats gavin.....glad to see it's finally overwith....now the next important date will be 12/1/02...when acceptances start rolling in :) <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
  7. Yah-E

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    Gavin...welcome to the 20/20 club!! Your DAT, 20/23 is exactly like mine!! Congrats!

    <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
  8. DATMATT

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    Good JOB!
     
  9. GTchick

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    Hey I am joining this thread.
    My scores:
    Academic 19
    PAT 19
    Reading 21
    Math 18
    Biology 19
    Gen chem 19
    O Chem 19

    About the test - for some reason the math was the hardest. I don't know what tripped me up but something did. It really isn't hard stuff but I also never figured out how to study math and only breezed through those chapters in the Kaplan book. My bio section had a lot of stuff about development and excretion. I wish there had been more cell biology or stuff like that. I remember that my hardest question had to do with what section of the bone makes it longer or something to that effect. I totally guessed because I had never heard of any of those words. General chem was much easier than I expected after getting 14s on Topscore. O chem did not have nearly as many reactions as I thought it would. There were a lot at the end that just asked what type of reactions were occuring. Good luck to everyone that is still going to be taking it. If you are in Atlanta I highly recommend the center in Marrietta at Windy Hill. They are really nice and it was pretty easy to get to.
     
  10. ItsGavinC

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    GTChick,

    I had the same question that you referred to regarding the lengthening of the bone! I'd never heard of any of those words either (and I've taught physiology here at my undergrad) so I just guessed.

    - G
     
  11. gradM.S.

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    When I took the DAT the math questions were also pretty hard. There were alot of geometry type questions. Topscore was much easier as far as math goes than the actual DAT. But those are great scores. By the way does anybody know what the average DAT score is for this year - Is it still 17 or has it gone up?

    Although I took my DAT's last year I will most likely be a reapplicant this year so I too will contribute with my scores:

    Academic:20
    Science:20
    Biology:19
    G Chem: 20
    O Chem:22
    Reading:20
    Math: 17 :(
    PAT: 17 <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
  12. DesiDentist

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    gradM.S.,

    You have pretty strong scores. Enough to get in almost anywhere. Why are you reapplying this year? Please tell us your story.

    Regards,

    DesiDentist
     
  13. Pebbs

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    wow...those scores are excellent! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
  14. Rhea

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    gradM.S,

    I too, like Desidentist, am wondering why you are reapplying? Your DAT scores should have gotten you in into most schools. Do let us know about your experience in the last cycle.
     
  15. space kacy

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    gradM.S.,

    Those are solid scores. The math and PAT are 17's but I don't think those are really critical sections as much as Sci and Acad Avg. I don't think they would keep you from getting in somewhere. How many schools did you apply to and when did you submit your app?
     
  16. gradM.S.

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    Hey Guys -
    There are a couple of reasons why I am a reaplicant this year.
    1) I was a horrible student as an undergrad. I went to a very competitive UC school and I just never applied myself. So I have this undergrad GPA that is like a black cloud hanging over my head. I have just recently graduated with my MS in biology with a stellar GPA. I have tons of research experience, manuscripts in the working, and great letters of rec. And those are what got me the interviews. I applied to 14 schools and got interviews at only 5. And of those I went to only four of my interviews. I am somewhat of a cocky applicant, even though with my undergrad grade I should not be. But since I am so much into research and academics I was looking for schools that really emphasized that in their curriculum. I was accepted by BU and NYU but I decided to turn those down for the above reason and I also let the rumors about both school affect my decision making.
    2) The second reason that I believe I am a reapplicant is because I applied somewhat later in the cycle. Sometime late September and by the time the schools got my material it was late october. Now I know that people on this forum have gotten into schools and they applied in November. But if you are a shady applicant it is not so much to your advantage to apply later. I am currently waitlisted at three schools. Of which only two of them I would consider going. I just hope I hear something good from these schools in the next two weeks. If not I will be reapplying. Good luck to you all.
     
  17. agutier3

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    Took my DAT a couple of weeks ago. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> Thought I'd contribute to this thread too:

    Academic - 21
    Perceptual - 20
    Biology - 20
    G. Chem - 19
    O. Chem - 21
    Quant. Reasoning - 19
    Reading Comp - 25
    Total Science - 19

    Will it do? :confused:

    Arby
     
  18. space kacy

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    Will it do?! What won't it do? Those scores are great!http://forums.studentdoctor.net/ubb/icons/icon12.gif
     
  19. sam1234

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    Just wanted to post my scores:

    DAT:
    Academic - 20
    O. Chem - 22
    Biology - 20
    G. Chem - 21
    Quant. Reasoning - 19
    Reading Comp - 17
    Perceptional - 15 (yep!!! This is worrying me)
     
  20. scist2

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    I just took my DATs on June 1 and boy am I glad to have those over with. I was getting sick of studying. Here are my scores:

    Academic 23
    PAT 19
    Quant Reas. 22
    Reading 21
    Biology 21
    Gen Chem 27
    O. Chem 25
    Total Sci 24

    I did better on the real DAT on all sections but PAT and Reading (compared to Kaplan and TopScore). PAT was a little harder because angles were slightly harder to rank but not much different. The passages i had for reading were all longer than the passages from the sample tests. Most sample passages were around 11-13 paragraphs and my actual passages were 16-21 paragraphs. I felt bio was slightly easier but may have been because i got fairly easy taxonomy and hormone questions (my weakest areas.) I wish every taking it in the future the best of luck.

    Steve
     
  21. vixen

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    scist2,

    just wondering how long you studied and how you went about it? I'm a retaker this summer (got an 18 the first time), and am trying to somehow change my studying habits/routine a little bit. Thanks! :)
     
  22. scist2

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    I had a little less than a month off between when the semester ended and when my research internship began so I started looking through the Kaplan book. I spent most of my time doing bio because it had by far the most information. At my University I have worked as an Undergraduate Teacher teaching recitations of chem 1 and 2 for the last 2 years so i didn't really look over chemistry. I looked over organic chemistry off and on for the last 2 weeks. Mainly i would suggest knowing the basic reactions very well (sN1 sN2 EAS), knowing the reactivity of functional groups, and basic theory. My main advice would be focus on strong areas. For example, i wasn't going to pack in every detail about every hormone when chances are i would only see one question on hormones (which is all i saw.) Also I highly recommend taking practice tests like the one which the kaplan book offered as well as the 3 from topscore pro. Don't be discouraged by low scores on the practice tests. I moved up significantly from my first practice test to my real thing. Also the practice tests are the best source of becoming familar with the PAT. I didn't really practice reading comprehension but that was the hardest section for me timewise. I did use my scrap paper to make notes of every big technical word used in each paragraph. The questions seem to all focus on the big words so you can reference back quickly. Other than that, make sure not to overstudy. It may sound dumb but i hate studying and even the 2 weeks of constant studying i did leading up to my DATs almost did me in. Go out to a bar, get a drink and remember this is just a test.

    Steve
     
  23. ibo man

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    hey y'all,
    I am highly impressed with the dat scores that am seeing on this forum. It's making me wanna study even harder, so that I wouldn't disappoint myself. Congrats, to all the people who have taken the dat, and good luck to us whom will be taking it later. Keep up the good work guys.
     
  24. Stanford Fencer

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    It's only been 1 year, but it seems to me that you guys are already posting up higher scores (on avg). You smart kids drive up the average every year! Congrats to you all! <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
  25. ItsGavinC

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    Just bumping this thread so all those applicants for this year can have some exciting reading material ;)
     
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    Congrats Gavin! ABout the reading comprehension, what was your technique? Did you actually read the paragraphs or go straight to the questions.?
     
  27. ItsGavinC

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    I took the exam last year, and I just went directly to the questions on the reading portion, with the exception of scanning a paragraph here and a paragraph there just to get a general feel of the subject matter.
     

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