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What are some tips for excelling on the DAT (Dental Admissions Test)?

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Marci’s Answer

You can either take a DAT course, like with Kaplan or another program. Or you can study independently with books and online tools. Kaplan provides helpful tools at https://www.kaptest.com/study/dat/study-dat/. Here's another link which provided great tips. And the American Student Dental Association also gives great information on studying for the DAT at https://www.asdanet.org/index/get-into-dental-school/before-you-apply/preparing-for-the-dat. Independent study tools I've heard great things about where "DAT Bootcamp" and "DAT Destroyer and Math Destroyer." Hope this helps. Best wishes!

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Alan’s Answer

Good question!

One of the hardest things to do to prepare is just to start!

I took the DAT 3 times and scored a 22 on my 3rd try, good enough to get into any Dental School with that score.

Here's what I did - I watched all of the videos from GMAT Pill to start and refresh my knowledge. Then I did practice test. LOTS of practice tests, probably about 10 of them in total using the DAT Destroyer.

You can use whatever sources you like - it comes down to your learning style and what suits you best. Some folks like in-person and opted for Princeton Review or so, but the best advice is to start early, get comfortable with the material and test format, then take as many practice tests as possible and review your answers and why you missed questions. You'll find that the actual DAT asks many similar questions.

Good luck!!!
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Tatsiana’s Answer

Hello Mireia, it may seem like a lot but tackle it part by part. Focus on your weakest subject first, and slowly add other subjects to your daily studying. There are a lot of very helpful Facebook groups where you can form study groups where you hold each other accountable and explain material to each other. There are a lot of good materials on Youtube: Leah4sci for organic chemistry was my savior. Out of all the paid study materials DAT Bootcamp and DAT Destroyer were by far the best and the most useful. It is a marathon not a sprint, be patient with yourself, start studying in advance and practice practice practice. You got this!
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