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Prometric DAT Tutorial – What the DAT will be like

Prometric DAT Tutorial If you are anything like I was before taking the DAT, you probably want to know the exact format of the DAT so that you don't have to deal with the task of getting adjusted to the interface on test day and you can learn before hand how to most efficiently use the functions available to you during the test. This Prometric DAT tutorial will answer all your questions regarding this matter. You will take this tutorial on Test Day, however, similar to memorizing the directions for each section of the DAT, knowing the options and functions that will be at your disposal during the test and eliminating uncertainty will most definitely help you achieve your maximum scoring potential. The Prometric DAT Tutorial details everything from what the mouse will look like and how to scroll on the screen to the marking function, the review options at the end of each section, what the calculator will be like on the quantitative reasoning section and the user interface for each section.

Changes to the Quantitative Reasoning Test on the DAT

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During the Fall 2013 ADEA meeting, it was announced that changes would be made to the Quantitative reasoning Test of the DAT. Changes to the DAT will be as follows: ELIMINATION of: Numerical Calculations, Conversions, and Geometry  ADDITION of: Data analysis, Interpretation and Sufficiency, Quantitative Comparison, and Probability and statistics.   The reason given for this change was to "Enhance the testing of critical thinking skills." It is important to note that these "wordier" QR questions on the DAT will be pilot tested throughout 2014 and 2015 and WILL NOT contribute to your QR or Academic Average Scores. These questions will only be used to collect data so that more effective questions can be formulated for 2016. So make sure to continue to focus your efforts on numerical calculations, conversions, geometry, and trigonometry. These new questions in 2016, WILL contribute to your QR and Academic Scores. If you need to brush up on your Quantitative Reasoning, look no further than Math Destroyer. With 15 full length QR tests, i.e. 600 questions, completing the Math Destroyer will more than prepare you for the Quantitative Reasoning section of the DAT. This is just one of many threads where DAT test takers vouch for Math Destroyer and it's usefulness to maximize your scoring potential on the QR section of the DAT.

DAT Question of the Day

    DAT Question of the Day is a great website that provides free, high-quality DAT questions to strengthen the skills that lead to success on the DAT. It also provides information about the test and effective study strategies to dominate the DAT exam. Studies have shown that daily preparation over a long period of time can result in higher DAT scores. Plus, it’s helpful to review material you may have forgotten or have not yet studied. We truly believe that this free service will improve your DAT score, strengthen your application, and augment the probability of admission into your Dream Dental School.   Start reviewing today at :

A Step-by-Step Guide on singing up for the DAT

A Step-by-Step Guide on singing up for the DAT How to I Sign up for the DAT   The American Dental Association (ADA) website lists a few easy steps for applying for the DAT (The link on DAT will take you straight to where you need to go to apply).   You must first read the DAT Guide which will inform you of DAT procedures, ethical conduct, criteria one must meet to be eligible, etc. The ADA states that "During the application process you will be asked to confirm that you have read the Guide and agree to the rules and regulations contained within the document. Examinees are responsible for understanding the information contained within the Guide. Examinees that violate test rules or regulations may have their test scores voided and have to wait up to two years to retest", so make sure you don't overlook this step!   After you are familiar with the DAT guide, you must than obtain a DENTPIN number (this number is unique to each applicant and student involved in the U.S. dental school system and standardized testing programs)by applying for one HERE. You should get a confirmation email from "dentpin" titled "DENTPIN Registration Successful".   Once you obtain your DENTPIN, apply to take the DAT with your DENTPIN and the password you chose to associate with your DENTPIN. Apply to take the DAT HERE. The application fee was $320 for me (however, I believe that amount has gone up to $360 sometime after I applied : / ). Applications are processed every Tuesday, so it can take about a week to process. During the application, you get to choose what schools you want to send your DAT to. I chose every U.S. school because they charge the same $320+ regardless of how many schools you send your scores to, so might as well send them to all of them rather than sending them to only 1, PAYING extra money for them to send your scores to additional schools after the application. Also, make sure you apply with the EXACT name that your government issued ID (driver's license or passport) has, because for test day you must bring two matching IDs, one government issued and another ID with your signature on it (Like a credit or debit card).   Prometric is very strict about what counts as a matching name:     Matching names: Joseph Anthony Smith and Joseph Anthony Smith or Joseph Anthony Smith and Joseph A. Smith Non-matching names: J. Anthony Smith and Joseph A. Smith or Joseph Anthony Smith and Joseph Anthony Smith-Johnson You will be notified via email when your DAT application is accepted. You are eligible to take the DAT ONCE from the day your application was accepted up to exactly one year after your application was accepted. So say your application was accepted May 18, 2011. You can theoretically take the DAT once anytime between May 19, 2011 and May 18, 2012. However, the email will specify that you WAIT 24 hours before scheduling a test date with Prometric.   Now that your application has been accepted, go HERE on the Prometric website and schedule a date to take the DAT at your local testing center or one closest to you. You do need your DENTPIN to schedule a test date so keep that handy. Also, the availability of times and dates for you to take your test will very based on your testing center. Some larger one's may have openings on almost any day with a couple of times making it convenient for you. However, smaller sites will probably be booked for weeks. Regardless, apply EARLY to get the date and time you want!   You are now ready to ace your DAT and be a competitive applicant for Dental School! Good luck :)       Steps for applying for the DAT in a Nutshell 1) Read the DAT Guide 2) Get your DENTPIN 3) Apply to take the DAT 4) Schedule testing date with Prometric.

What is the DAT?

What is the DAT? The Dental Admission Test (DAT) is a multiple-choice standardized exam taken by potential dental school students in the United States and Canada (although there is a separate Canadian version with a differing carving section for the PAT, both American and Canadian versions are usually interchangeably accepted in both countries' dental schools. This article will specifically describe the American DAT). As stated by the ADA, "Its purpose is to measure the general academic ability, comprehension of scientific information and perceptual ability of test takers. The DAT is a computer based test that can be administered almost any day of the year. Tests are taken at Prometric testing centers throughout the United States after the preliminary application through the American Dental Association is completed. Each applicant may only take the test a total of three times before having to ask special permission to take the exam again. After taking the exam you must wait 90 days before repeating it The DAT is comprised of 4 sections:   The Survey of Natural Sciences The Perceptual Ability Test (PAT) Reading Comprehension Test (RC) Quantitative Reasoning Test (QR) .   During the first section of the DAT, the Survey of Natural Sciences, test takers are given 90 minutes to answer 100 questions (40 Biology, 30 General Chemistry and 30 Organic Chemistry). In the second portion of the DAT, the PAT, test takers are given 60 minutes to answer 90 questions. An optional 15 minute break is than given after the PAT. The RC test after the break lasts 60 minutes and is comprised of 50 questions from 3 passages (two science and one non-science). The Final Section of the test is the QR test where testers are given 45 minutes to complete 40 questions. Finally, an optional post test survey is given with a 15 minute time limit.   Below is a table showing the different sections of the DAT.        

What to do the Day Before and During DAT TEST DAY!

What to do the Day Before and During DAT TEST DAY! So, you are sitting in your room. It is the day before test day. The day before the test that can make or break what you will be for the rest of your life. What should you do the day before the DAT? Nervous? That's ok. It is perfectly normal. Before I continue on, I wanted to say that like most things in life, if you put in the time and work, you will get results. You reap what you sow ladies and gentleman (in most cases at least, I'm sure many of you have gotten away with procrastination on school work at some point in your lives or another, but I digress). Some people (the super over the top overly prepared ones I'm guessing ;) ) prefer to spend the day before the test relaxing. Hitting the gym, hanging out with friends/family, playing video games, watching a movie, etc. Some (like me) try to squeeze and cram as much information into their head as humanly possible the day before. You should do what best suits YOU! Do whatever it takes (within reason) to make yourself feel better about yourself and build your confidence. Whether it be relaxing and unwinding most of the day before, or studying like a madman. To each his (or her) own. So the day is over and it's bedtime. If you are like I was, and have an early test time, I would definitely recommend doing whatever helps you fall asleep earlier. Do things to relieve stress. Exercise, eat a light and healthy dinner, etc. Most likely, your body will be in the fight or flight response (I know I was and I only got a few hours of sleep before my test 0.o). All that adrenaline will probably be coursing through your veins during test day, so you will probably still be awake if you didn't get much sleep the night before, but having a few extra hours of sleep under your belt will only help! So it's TEST DAY! Here are some useful things to know: -Eat a good, healthy breakfast. Eating healthy will enhance your mood and overall well-being. Don't drink too much water. Your bladder will already be overactive since your sympathetic nervous system will probably be activated. -Arrive early. Make sure you visit the test center in advance so you know exactly where it will be and how long it will take you so you can schedule accordingly. -Bring a set of earplugs that you like. You ARE ALLOWED To bring them in with you. If you are as unfortunate as I was to have someone pounding on the keyboard next to you during testing (and are sensitive to noise), these will help. They will muffle the sound, but if you put the headphones provided at Prometric testing centers on top of the earplugs, you get BEAUTIFUL SILENCE.      *The headphones might hurt your ears after a bit, but the silence is worth it in my opinion -Wear something COMFORTABLE. You will be sitting down for half a day. You don't want tight pants or an itchy piece of clothing, etc. to detract from your full scoring potential. Consider bringing a jacket as the room might be a bit frigid (mine was).  -This is how test day went for me: When you get to the center, you sign in first on a sheet, get a locker to put all your stuff in, than you wait till the workers process other people taking tests (People will be there for all kinds of tests, GRE, MCAT, LSAT...). They call your name, you go into the office, and they take a scan of your right and left index fingers (3x each). Than they take a picture of you give you your "Scrap Paper" and you are good to go. I don't know if all centers are like this, but instead of a whiteboard, I got laminated graph paper and fine tip sharpies as my "scratch paper". You are now on your way to acing the DAT! Below is a video posted by Prometric on YouTube on what to expect during test day.

Welcome to Ace DAT! Here are some DAT study tips and statistics.

So, are you interested in learning more about dentistry? Are you looking to get into dental school? Are you wondering how to do well on the DAT? Well, if any of these questions have popped in your head at some time, you've come to the right place!Getting into dental school is proving to become more and more difficult as time passes on. In 1988, the average AA (Academic Average) score for students that took the DAT was 15.53 with a total of 2,631 students taking the DAT. In 2009 (the most recent date that the ADA analyzed DAT scores), the average AA was 17.59 with almost 14,000 people taking the DAT (13,995 to be exact)!The Average Perceptual Ability Test score in 1988 was 16.21. In 2009, the average was 18.17! Here is a more detailed look at the average scores of 2009 DAT test takers. Average Scores of 2009 Test Takers Source: ADA (click the picture to go to the document this information was extracted from)  As you can tell, getting into dental school is becoming more and more competitive!Save yourself the stress and start studying for the DAT early! Whether you are a senior in high school or sophomore in college, it is never too early to start thinking about and studying for this standardized test!GPA, Extra Curricular Activities, Letters of Recommendation, and DAT scores are all very important factors dental school admissions committees consider! Some have a minimum number cut off, ie. if your GPA or DAT score is under a certain "cut off" point, they don't even consider your application!I'm Jon and I just successfully took the DAT on March 10, 2012.I am indebted to the great members of Student Doctor Network for all of great, useful information they provided me with to help me maximize my DAT scores. Being done with the DAT now, it brings me great joy to give back the knowledge I have gained.  I love the feeling that I get when someone I help messages me how grateful they are. It is always nice to know you made a positive difference in someone's life!I figured I would start this blog so that I can compile my knowledge (and the knowledge of the brilliant minds of SDN and others) in one convenient location for other pre-dents to use.I know a lot of people could benefit from the organization of some of the helpful threads on there and I intend to do just that.The goal of this blog is to: Further assist pre-dents by organizing some of the useful threads on SDN List top review materials for the DAT Serve as a central location for information resources pertaining to dentistry and getting into dental school Display why dentistry is such an awesome field to get involved in!

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