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How Should Predental Students Study For The Dental Admission Test?
We are often asked what is the best way to study for the Dental Admission
Test. So, we have compiled this short review of the most successful ways ANYONE
can prepare to do well on the DAT. Although this is a short outline, if a
student follows this advice, he/she should expect to be prepared for the
Yes, study. But, you must study the right things! Just studying say, general
biology, is not going to be sufficient. Studying SIMPLE cheap review books specific
for the DAT, WILL NOT usually be sufficient either.
The best study aids are:
- Your college text books! However, these often contain more information
than needed…but they do contain the information you need. You just have
to study smart. How?
- If you "sold back" your text books, don’t worry. What you
must do is purchase review books for the INDIVIDUAL college topics. These
books are often much less ($20) and will teach you the topic. The
problem with SIMPLE DAT review books is that they do not cover the topics
in sufficient detail required of the DAT. The old adage "you get what
you pay for" is true. The individual review books for biology,
chemistry, organic chemistry, college entrance math, etc. do an excellent
job in reviewing material at the necessary level of detail. These review
guides are found in college bookstores, and national bookstore chains.
They are usually titled "College Biology Review". McGraw/Hill,
for example, publishes excellent review books entitled "Schaums
Outlines For [topic]". They are about $16.95 each. They have the
detailed review to the depth you need and you can buy only the ones you
- To study smart, use the SCOPE OF EXAMINATION TOPICS published by the
American Dental Association and also provided on ScholarWare’s cd-rom,
TopScore Pro® for the DAT. Concentrate only on these topics. This will
focus your study of the sciences.
- The Perceptual Ability Section. There is no doubt that this section is
new to many applicants. However, students do well by practicing SAMPLE
questions. Practice, practice, and practice. Any source of sample
questions for the PAT section will help. As the student begins to
familiarize themselves with 3D images and rotating objects, he/she will do
- Reading Comprehension. This section should be studied for by reading
popular science magazines and news media. Excellent sources are magazines
like Cell, Science Today, Newsweek (any science related article), and
reading about popular topics of the day (e.g. cloning, gene therapy,
diabetes, dentistry science news).
- Use TopScore Pro® for the DAT to simulate your actual DAT test. Our
product will tell you where your weakness are, help in managing the timer,
and let you know if you are prepared to take the real test. Our
tests are written to TEST YOU BEFORE you take the real test so you don't waste
$160 and have a poor score report on your record because you were NOT
prepared. Read all about the great features of our
inexpensive simulation at www.scholarware.com/products.htm.
- Take the DAT seriously! You do not want to be making excuses in
your interviews for poor performance.
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