I would like to present the top 10 most useful study materials for the DAT. The study material was chosen by your peers. Those who participated in choosing the top ten where students who previously studied for and took the DAT. Each of these students knows the time, money and effort that goes into being successful on the test. Likewise, they know which materials did and did not work for them and which ones best prepared them for the DAT. Without further adieu, I present to you the Hottest DAT Study Material for 2016!
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#1- DAT Achiever
This was a huge surprise in my book! I suspected that DAT Achiever might make the top 5 on the list but never would have guessed that it would come in at #1. After all, DAT Achiever is demeaning and demoralizing to students who take these tests for the first time, but I guess this is what makes it so great! It is called “Achiever” for a reason. If you look at breakdowns of students who used DAT Achiever and compare their scores to that of their actual DAT scores you will see that, on average, they score 2 to 4 points higher. The questions presented are challenging but not unrealistic. DAT Achiever is preparing students for the difficult questions because those are the questions that can make a difference between getting 18 or a 21 academic average. In order to make DAT Achiever an effective study tool, it is essential that you know why each answer given is either correct or incorrect. Feel like you have organic chemistry down? What about general chemistry or perceptual ability? DAT Achiever will challenge you in any section, so if you are looking for an edge over the other dental students this is the program for you. DAT Achiever accelerates in several areas including usability, question clarity, consistent upgrades, and solid customer support. For all these reasons and more DAT Achiever is the #1 Hottest DAT Study Material for 2016!
#2 – Crack DAT PAT
You are going to hear enough about this program on all my other posts and tutorials. Whether you feel that you can succeed or do not have the perceptual ability skills to succeed Crack DAT PAT
will help you to improve. There are 10 full-length tests along with thousands of bonus practice problems. The problems are unbelievably close to the real DAT. In fact, when I was taking the DAT I felt as if I was just taking another Crack DAT PAT test. This program is more than enough to do well on the PAT and believe it deserves to
be in the #2 Hottest DAT Study Materials for 2016. (Buy here
#3 – DAT Destroyer
Overall, DAT Destroyer is an excellent source for the sciences. The problems are difficult and as it states it will “destroy” you your first time through. It is essential that you don’t just memorize the answers but understand everything possible about each answer choice given. The problems are organized according to Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Quantitative Reasoning. However, the problems within each section are not organized by topic but randomized. Because of this and the difficulty of the problems it is important that you have a good base knowledge of the subject before you begin. If you do not have a base knowledge DAT Destroyer will only frustrate you and make studying difficult. Excellent resource if you are looking to score high on your DAT. It includes biology, organic chemistry, general chemistry, and math all of which are an excellent resource and highly recommended by the pre-dental community. This is definitely a top 5 Hottest DAT Study Material in my book! (Buy here)
#4 – Chad’s Videos (Organic and General Chemistry)
Were you ever frustrated because your chemistry professors did not seem to be able to make chemistry simple, interesting or easy to understand? I know I was but when I watched Chad’s Videos I was amazed at how simple and clear chemistry was. Both the General and Organic Chemistry videos are a great resource especially if it’s been a few years since you have taken the course. The videos are invaluable and definitely worth the $50 he charges to gain access. I don’t have much to say except, CHECK THEM OUT! You definitely will not be disappointed with your purchase. Chad just came out with the new HD Videos which is an upgrade from the original version that came out about 2 years ago. Ever since the videos came out they have been gaining popularity and I would suspect if I were to do the poll in another year or so that Chad’s Videos would definitely be in the top 3 of the Hottest DAT Study Materials for 2016.
#5 – Cliffnotes AP Biology
Not much to say here, except that Cliffs AP Bio notes are clear, concise, and contains just about everything you need for the DAT in terms of biology. It does lack a little in the physiology portion and a few other small topics. However, for the $10 that you spend on Amazon for this book it is definitely worth the money. It is basically condensed notes ready for memorization. There is not a lot of fluff to sift through and is an easy read, unlike some of the other more boring materials such as Schaum’s Outlines (still good, just not as good). Currently, ranked 5th for the Hottest DAT Study Material for 2016 based on value (content & price). (Buy here)
#6 – Math Destroyer
Just like the DAT Destroyer the Math Destroyer will also destroy you. This is an excellent resource for studying the math section. The problems are difficult and much like the real DAT. I was only able to go over the first few tests right before my DAT and I wish I was able to go over more! I saw problems on the DAT that were just like the MATH Destroyer. Need help with the quantitative reasoning section? Get the math destroyer! Not only are the problems good but the solutions are excellent. Like the DAT destroyer, the only thing this lacks is structure to the problems (which is intentional). You may want to supplement this with the outline from the ADA, a good textbook, and the internet in order to have a clear understanding of all the material you need to know for the DAT. I am not surprised that Math Destroyer is #6 on the Hottest DAT Study Materials for 2016. (Buy here)
#7 – Top Score Pro
If you are looking for the most accurate representation of how you are going to score on the DAT then take the Top Score Pro tests. Throughout the pre-dental community, the consensus is that Top Score Pro will give you the most accurate judgment of how you will do on the DAT. However, remember that while some students, like myself, will have nearly identical scores others will have as much as +/- 4 points on the real DAT. Most commonly scores are within +/- 2 points. With that said Top Score Pro does lack in a few areas. The biggest area is the biology section. Don’t get me wrong, the questions in the biology section are great but they add a lot of taxonomy questions (5-7 per test) to the test which causes students to score lower on their practice test. The actual DAT may only have 2-3 taxonomy questions. Also, if you are scoring 17-18 on the quantitative reasoning section you may want to do some extra practice (perhaps with Math Destroyer) because often times students quantitative reasoning scores decrease from what they were getting on Top Score Pro. All in all, this program is well worth the money and I am surprised that it is not in the top 5 Hottest DAT Study Materials for 2016! (Buy here)
#8 – Kaplan Blue Book
Kaplan Blue Book has all the subjects with easy to read outlines. Need instructions for the perceptual ability section? They’ve got it! Need an outline of the quantitative reasoning section? They’ve got that too! If you are rusty on any subject Kaplan breaks each section down into the basics. It will help you gain a good basis in each of the sections. Want to get a 20+ on the DAT? Perhaps, this is where the Kaplan Book lacks. Although, it has everything some areas are just too simple and not enough detail. The general consensus is that it lacks the details you need to do well in the biology section. So, is this a good book to buy? Yes, but be sure to supplement it with some of the other materials that are up higher on the Hottest DAT Study Materials for 2016. (Buy here)
#9 – Studentdoctor.net
If you need to ask questions or advice then Studentdoctor.Net (SDN) is the place to go. There are already thousands of posts answering just about any question a predental student could ask. If for some reason your situation or question is unique or you just want to post then those who join the SDN (free) can post and make comments. An invaluable source for any predental student. SDN is a definite top 10 on the Hottest DAT Study Materials for 2016!
#10 – Chad’s Practice Material (Quiz)
I never used these materials since they are new within the last year or so. They have made the top 10 on the Hottest DAT Study Materials for 2016, so, they must be good. Don’t worry about purchasing these separate because they are included with Chad’s Videos (#4) when you purchase them. Sounds like a good supplement to some excellent videos!
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