Remember, there are a lot of pre-dental students that went before you that are willing to lend a helping hand. Tely is a great example of one of these people. Instead of doing the same old “DAT Breakdown” by writing everything out he went ahead and made videos. These videos have a lot of helpful tips for taking the DAT. I hope you take the time to watch them!
DAT Breakdown: Tely
Academic Average: 23
Total Science: 26
Perceptual Ability: 25
Don’t study for biology or general chemistry passively. Take notes on it. Review your notes, and then take notes on those notes! My preferred study aids were:
My biggest mistake on the PAT section was spending too much time per problem. This lowered my confidence. I’d recommend spending between 1 and 1.5 minutes max per problem. Here’s how I studied for the O-chem, PAT, and Reading Comprehension:
- Kaplan Blue Book (read every day)
- High Yield Organic Chemistry (for extra problems)
- Crack DAT PAT (software with practice under test conditions)
- Eyeballing Game (play here)
- DAT Achiever PAT
- Topscore (reading comprehension practice tests)
- DAT Achiever (more reading comprehension practice tests)
The math section is also called ‘quantitative reasoning.’ I did a practice test every day towards the end of my DAT studying. I primarily used the textbooks under test conditions.
The strategy you use to take the DAT will need to fit your personality. I used exercise and music to relieve stress. The way I figure, studying for the DAT is like your job for the summer. You have to find your own rhythm for studying consistently. My main takeaway advice though is to aim for a really high score – go big or go home. Don’t take the test unless you’re very ready. Delay taking the test if necessary so you can be prepared and confident.
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