Endeross

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My 2nd worst section of the PAT is keyholes (1st is Angles ofc) and have heard in many breakdowns about the "rocks" that appear in the official DAT test. I'm trying to gather information and understanding as to how to approach them and if anyone who has taken the DAT already has any strategies or could link to a google picture of what one might look like or draw something out for practice, I'd be hugely appriciative. If you've had them, or if you havn't had them in recent DAT tests it would be interesting to know also.

As a side note, here are some posts that I've already used to gather a little information about what to expect from them.

This is a thread posted by another previously:
http://forums.studentdoctor.net/threads/keyhole-rocks.1154378/

And a couple of quotes from others on the subject, Thanks guys
Yea I did. The rock Keyholes were somewhat manageable. The best way that I can describe it would be to imagine a crumpled piece of paper, but shaped into a rectangular prism. There's no way to prepare for them, but if you were to get one during the test I'd recommend eliminating answer choices as quickly as possible, then try to imagine if it would fit.
I know right? Straight up boulders with very small differences in the answers. I tried to solve them like I do pattern folding; by looking for specific shapes on the largest faces of the object. Basically big rocks. Also some of the pattern fold were very "unconventional"
 
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Boulders would be a better name instead of thinking of rocks. They are large and chunky and one side would typically have less indentations on it. Thats the side you're going to be looking for in the answer choices
That's actually a pretty good example of the type of thing I ran into.
 
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From what I remember about my rock, it kind of reminded me of Porygon from Pokémon, as stupid as that sounds.
I went on google search to find something similar to my rock, and the best I could find was this picture.
I think that these are above the level of the rocks you'd see on DAT, but try to "Squash" these into a 2D picture in your mind--it may be helpful.
Mine looked most similar to the bottom left, but had a flat bottom. There's no telling if I got it right or wrong, but I think the multiple facets were there as more of a distraction to take your focus away from the overlying contour of the shape. After my initial, "what are this?" response, I do think it was manageable.
 
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Thanks a ton guys, super helpful for what to expect. It seems like since you cannot see the back side of the rock you still just focus on 1/2 the side of the key either way so you still have all the information to determine the keyhole. It just sounded intimidating to me since so many people were mentioning it but now that I get what it is its not so daunting LOL. Thanks for the info guys. If anyone else has any extra info that's great!
 

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I recently took mine. My PAT had maybe 2-3 rock keyholes. Very manageable in the sense that the answer choices mainly focused on you looking at it from the front (rocky part to the right) or looking at it from the top. It tests how well you can perceive the indentations and parts that might jut out. Don't fret too much. Btw, I saw this thread before my exam and it helped out!
 
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hey barca, do you think the images in this thread are accurate then, to the actual rocks on the test?
 

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From what I remember about my rock, it kind of reminded me of Porygon from Pokémon, as stupid as that sounds.
I went on google search to find something similar to my rock, and the best I could find was this picture.
I think that these are above the level of the rocks you'd see on DAT, but try to "Squash" these into a 2D picture in your mind--it may be helpful.
Mine looked most similar to the bottom left, but had a flat bottom. There's no telling if I got it right or wrong, but I think the multiple facets were there as more of a distraction to take your focus away from the overlying contour of the shape. After my initial, "what are this?" response, I do think it was manageable.

Oh my gosh finally someone hit it for me!

I had one that looked EXACTLY like porygon!

Those rocks on your chart are much more how mine were too. They legit looked like rocks.


Edit: one of mine was like porygons head in this picture haha. ImageUploadedBySDN Mobile1440255477.647093.jpg
 

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Oh my gosh finally someone hit it for me!

I had one that looked EXACTLY like porygon!

Those rocks on your chart are much more how mine were too. They legit looked like rocks.


Edit: one of mine was like porygons head in this picture haha. View attachment 195387
Hahaha, YES! I was like, "Probably going off on a limb here, BUT..." Yeah I'm glad someone found this nonsense helpful/reminiscent for the test. I think people are freaked out by the rocks because it's so unlike what you've seen in practice tests, but they're really not bad if you're prepared!
 

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Hahaha, YES! I was like, "Probably going off on a limb here, BUT..." Yeah I'm glad someone found this nonsense helpful/reminiscent for the test. I think people are freaked out by the rocks because it's so unlike what you've seen in practice tests, but they're really not bad if you're prepared!

Rumor mill has it that Ari is getting some ready for bootcamp in the future
 
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Wow, awesome guys! Go Dat Genius! Thanks for the info Graffix and Dr Toothenstiend