Doing well on the DAT is a crucial step on the road to dentistry. If you’re preparing to take this test, there’s a huge challenge ahead but there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Materials can be quite expensive so I definitely recommend sharing what you can with someone else taking the test around the same time as you! Don’t buy materials too early as most of them only last about 3 months. Be prepared to invest a lot of time and money into this endeavor; the end result will certainly be well worth it!
Here’s a list of materials that can be shared! I highly recommend them! All of the sources that offer practice exams offer the first one for free!
If shared between two people, the cost is $230.50. The DAT Destroyer (ESSENTIAL!!) and Math
Destroyer (if you really need it) will bump the cost per person to about $380-430. These numbers can be even lower if you don’t want to take that many practice exams but while this seems expensive, it’s a lot less expensive than any review course that you would possibly sign up for!
Depending on if you like to take notes or read, there are some great resources out there from people who have already done a lot of the hard work.
1. Feralis Notes (BIO)
2. Tyjacobs Notes (BIO, GChem, OChem)
If you want even MORE material to practice with:
1. TopScore Pro ($60 for 3 tests)
2. Crack DAT PAT ($99+, lifetime)
Tips on the study materials:
1. Don’t be discouraged by practice scores; trust me when I say they don’t mean that much. Practice test scores are a good way to gauge your strengths and weaknesses as well as working on your timing; however, they do not guarantee that you’ll get a certain score. The DAT utilizes a test bank of thousands of questions so what is tested on a practice test doesn’t necessarily show up on your version of the DAT.
2. Focus on understanding the material; in the case of the DAT breadth is more important than
depth. The DAT can seem overwhelming because it covers so many topics but it’s more
important to cover as much of the curriculum as possible instead of staying fixated on a few
topics. Of course, comprehending and solving problems at a high level is important but it isn’t
everything when it comes to this test.
3. Set aside a large block of time to study: Personally, I didn’t want to deal with the DAT during the semester because that only adds to the stress that we already deal with as predent students.
Ideally, the end of winter or summer break is the best time to take this test.
4. Take practice tests in the most realistic situation possible. Set aside about 5 hours to take the test. Recently, the break after PAT has been extended to 30 minutes so that’s something that I think can help everyone taking the exam! Find a quiet area to work (using noise blocking headphones is an option), and try to use laminated boards and wet erase markers too! Refrain from drinking water during the test as you will not be allowed any food/snacks except during breaks. You can buy wet erase markers at any office supply store/online and you can laminate graph paper at Staples to simulate the boards you’d get on your test day! Doing this will help build up your stamina and prepare you for what you’ll face on test day!
If you’ve read this far, I’m sure you understand what to do and know what it takes to do well on the DAT! Always find a way to take breaks while you study otherwise you’ll just go bonkers from the stress and amount of work! When it comes to studying biology; BIO 201, 202 and 203 do cover a good amount of the material but be wary of topics such as developmental embryology and microbiology which can be tested on the DAT! For anyone who is preparing to take the DAT, I wish you the best of luck and hope that my advice has been helpful!