Kevin Tang | 26 AA
What is one piece of advice you would give to another student preparing to take the DAT?
I’d advice them to take the DAT right after completing their Organic Chemistry and Biology courses in college if possible. Set a test date and a goal score (i.e. 30), choose an appropriate study plan, and treat it like a serious job. I picked the 8-week DAT prep schedule and spent 8 hours studying every day. I would take 20 minutes breaks every 2 hours to refresh my mind.
Also, make sure that you do every problem on practice test at least twice. Learn from both correct and incorrect answers, watch/read the explanation videos to understand why the answer is right or wrong. Study hard for every DAT subject equally. Don’t neglect any subjects that you thought you might be good at it like I did with QR and PAT…
How did you use Crack the DAT to prepare for the DAT?
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What would you do differently to prepare for the DAT?
I definitely wish I would have just went through all PAT and QR practice tests one more time before the test date. The QR questions were not extremely hard, but it was time consuming, especially with the DAT computer mouse click calculator. I had to guess some answers before running out of time during my QR session.
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