Dental Admissions Test
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.
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!