Kha Nguyen | 24 AA
What is one piece of advice you would give to another student preparing to take the DAT?
I suggest coming up with the timeline very early on and don’t be afraid of switching back and forth between different sections. Most importantly, do research and finalize a compact list of the materials that you’re going to stick to, then trying to maximize what the resources offer. This especially help if you are a last minute studier like me.
Also, do a lot of practice questions and simulated tests. This will help you to get familiar with DAT type of question. The more you practice, the better you know which topic will show up more often. If you feel like you need to review a topic, then do it immediately and master that topic before moving on to the next part. Don’t forget to make yourself a review list to double check your knowledge before the test date.
When you choose your DAT schedule (4 week/8 week/12 week), start your study seriously from the beginning, find yourself a strong motivation. This will help you to stay focus during the entire process. Once you find yourself being distracted after several hours of studying, take a 15-30 minute break, do whatever makes yourself relax. Then, come back to study with your fresh mind.
How did you use Crack the DAT to prepare for the DAT?
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Crack the DAT simulated test has exact same look and feel as the real test. I found a lot of questions on my real DAT were similar to the ones on Crack the DAT question bank. Since I did those practice questions before, I could easily pick the right answer without spending too much time reading or thinking about other options. If you follow Crack the DAT study schedule and do all practice questions, you will be familiar with those type of questions.
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What would you do differently to prepare for the DAT?
I would go over the the test bank one more time before taking the test. This consolidates and reinforces the parts that I already got, while specifically points out what I need to improve on. For example biology, I spent too much time reviewing the materials/notes every day. If I could do differently, I would practice the questions again and again.
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