# The PAT

#### JohnDoeDDS

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Ok guys weeeelllppp!!!!!

I'm going to be taking the DAT Sept '06 but I just got the Barrons book to start practicing for the PAT since people said it has some good strategies. Well I just read the frst part with the object passing through the aperture, and damnnnn! I am so lost! I was completly unable to draw the figure it would have to pass through side to side or top to bottom.

Was any1 else stumped by this? Its so confusing. Can some1 suggest where I can get practice questions or something, I dont want to waste real test questions like topscore, or acethedat before the months before the test. Any advice, or ideas? Is this a normal feeling. It seems like its hopeless!

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Hey dont worry about it, I was lost too when I first looked at that stuff...surprisingly in time, youll find aperture passing to be the EASIEST section on the PAT. Just keep at it...good luck...all the PAT takes is practice.

#### egpndoc

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JohnDoeDDS said:
Ok guys weeeelllppp!!!!!

I'm going to be taking the DAT Sept '06 but I just got the Barrons book to start practicing for the PAT since people said it has some good strategies. Well I just read the frst part with the object passing through the aperture, and damnnnn! I am so lost! I was completly unable to draw the figure it would have to pass through side to side or top to bottom.

Was any1 else stumped by this? Its so confusing. Can some1 suggest where I can get practice questions or something, I dont want to waste real test questions like topscore, or acethedat before the months before the test. Any advice, or ideas? Is this a normal feeling. It seems like its hopeless!
dont worry we have all been there. i didnt know what was oging on when i first looked at the DAT, practice is the only way. just buy the different books for the DAT (kaplan, Princeton review, barorns and anything else u can get your hands on). make sure u practice on the computer too. the computer PAT is much different than the paper PAT. start with the paper and then go to the computer version, good luck.

#### Sprgrover

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JohnDoeDDS said:
...Any advice, or ideas? Is this a normal feeling. It seems like its hopeless!

Yes, the nausea and inability to sense the passage of time will eventually dimish with practice. The whole point of the PAT is to measure your psychomotor abilities, i.e. any talent you may have for projecting an object in your mind and rotating it as if it were in three dimensions. Thus, as you start to grapple with this strange and mind-boggling section of the DAT, I suggest that you try to form the object in your mind and imagine it as a 3-D form. Determine why or why not that object worked for the given hole. Drawing out the shapes emphasizes wrong abilities. I too struggled with some of the forms but I discovered that by constantly trying to project the object in my mind and accurately rotate it around I was able to get better and better as time progressed. You will have to use this same technique when it comes to every part of the PAT so I suggest that you work at it to nurture this ability. Best of luck!

#### JohnDoeDDS

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thanks guys for the encouragement. So which books do u reccomend I get for the PAT? The KAPLAN, and Barrons? Are there enough questions on this part of the PAT there to last me a while? Also do you think its time for me to purchase acethedat stuff (thats the one on the ocmputer right?) a year before im actually going to take the DAT? Ughhh its so frustrating this section.