Category: Reviews

The Gold Standard DAT Review

The Gold Standard provides a comprehensive resource for students studying for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). Many of the viewers here at DentalDAT have expressed a desire for a complete review of this resource. The review includes but is not limited to the physical quality of the book, completeness of the material, quality of explanations, and quiz questions.

Physical Quality = A+

When I studied for the DAT I was exposed to several different books including Kaplan, Barrons, Cliff Notes, and DAT Destroyer. None of the materials that I used rivaled the physical quality of The Gold Standard. The Gold Standard consists of four complete books. These books are housed in a very sturdy sheath that adds protections during storage. Although not a hard back, the cover of each individual book is a very thick laminate adds for greater protection while remaining flexible and easy to use. Lastly, each of the books are printed on a heavy weighted gloss paper like that of a quality text book. Each page is printed in full color which adds dimension and helps with understanding pictures and diagrams. You will not find another resource for the DAT that is better quality than The Gold Standard!

The PAT = B+

Overall, a great resource for the PAT section plus much more. Although this book has very good explanations for each portion of the PAT , this book earned a B+ due to the lack of practice problems. In order, to be able to exclusively use this book for the PAT section many more practice problems would need to be included. None the less, a great resource for the PAT!

The Gold Standard PAT includes much much more than just information on the PAT. This book begins with a brief section on “Dental School Admissions”. Included is everything from how to improve your academic standing to the dental school interview. If you already have a solid handle on studying and you are doing well in school the most helpful part of this section will be the dental school interview. This has eight fantastic pages on how to prepare for your interview starting with a solid overview and ending with a couple of pages of strategies for answering questions. Overall the section on dental school admissions will be helpful for those who consider themselves a newbie to the dental school admissions process.

The second section in this book is called “Understanding the DAT”. No surprises here! This book does a great job of giving an overview of the format of the DAT including a time breakdown of each section and the number of questions for the the given time. There are some very good study tips included in this section. However, there is no substitute for the ADA DAT Guide.

The third section is the text for the PAT section. This section does a great job of utilizing the color pages to explain each section of the PAT. If you have no idea how to go about solving any of the PAT sections then this is the resource you need. It is very important that you know how to solve each type of questions. However, it is just as important that you practice, practice, practice. Unfortunately, there are only 15 questions per section in the PAT. This is not nearly enough questions to become proficient in solving these types of questions. I would still highly recommend doing several full length practice tests. If you are still not getting the hang of this section I would supplement with Crack the PAT which provides more than enough practice tests for the PAT section.

The final section in this book is a full length practice test. The test appears to have very good quality questions with each answer having an explanation and a page reference for further studying. Having been over 5 years since I took the DAT exam I cannot accurately judge the difficulty or relevance of the questions. At the very least, the more questions you do the better prepared you will be for your exam.

Quantitative Reasoning and Reading Comprehension = B+

The math section is all about understanding how to solve the problems and then practice practice practice. The Gold Standard quantitative reasoning section does a great job at breaking down everything from simple multiplication to your algebraic equations to your more difficult trigonometry problems. This makes a great resource that includes a solid foundation for the math section. Once again, I felt like the book it self was lack in practice questions. There seemed to be about 10 questions at the end of each subsection in this portion of the book. You will want to have additional study resources that allow you to practice what you learned. After all, the quantitative reasoning section is all about practice.

Also included in the same book is the reading comprehension section. I feel like this resource has the potential to really help those who are either struggling to do well or want to learn some more efficient techniques to do even better on the reading section. When I studied for the DAT I searched forums and other resources to find a variety of techniques for improving on the reading section. This book includes just about everything I was able to find and more. In addition, it breaks down the individual types of questions and shows you how to go about answering each type of question. Overall, this is one of the better resources that I have seen available for the DAT.

General and Organic Chemistry = A

I am not going to go into too much detail with this one. If you have forgotten some of your general chemistry then this book is for you. This simplified text book provides great information on the basics of general chemistry with a little bit more in depth explanation when compared to some of the other available DAT specific resources. If you feel like you need to relearn any part of gen chem but you do not want to go through an entire textbook to do it then I would definitely give this a chance. As with the other books you may want to supplement this book with a lot more practice questions (By the way, the questions they do provide have very good explanations making it easier to learn from the practice questions). Resources like the ACS Gen Chemistry would be a great supplement.
The organic chemistry section of this book had reaction after reaction. This book appears to be well organized and provides very concise explanations for numerous organic chemistry reactions. It has been some time since I have done organic chemistry but this book brought back to memory a lot of reactions that I had learned in the past. With that said, I cannot say whether this book provides all the necessary reactions to score a 30 in this section as it has been a while since I took the DAT. I can say that it will lay a solid foundation for your DAT preparations. Once again try supplementing this with more practice problems from the ACS Organic Chemistry books or other resources.

Biology = A

Last but definitely not least is the DAT Biology section. This book is 380+ pages just for the biology section. Included are some great explanations, colored pictures, charts, and diagrams. The biology section of the DAT requires a broad knowledge of all topics. This book breaks down each of the subtopics provided by the ADA DAT Guide. Everything from microbiology, to biology of the different systems, to genetics, to evolution to ecology… And the list goes on. I know many of you do not want to study unnecessary topics or information. This book provides solid information without going overboard. I think this book is a definite winner for The Gold Standard DAT books. Overall, had I realized the potential of a resource such as this I probably would have spent the $199 on it. Yes, you can piece together a bunch of resources which worked for me and many others but this is a simple way of getting everything you need from one source. Also, don’t forget to go to www.dat-prep.com where they have online resources, videos, and practice test also available for sale. And… A little plug for the Top Score practice tests. These I did use and would highly recommend the investment. By far the best overall practice tests you can get for the DAT. Very close to the real deal. Checkout some of my other posts if you want details on what I thought about the Top Score practice tests.

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The Hottest DAT Study Material 2017

I would like to present the Top 10 Hottest DAT Material for 2017. These study materials were chosen by your peers! Those who participated in choosing the top ten were 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 2017!

 

#1 – DAT Achiever

dat-achiever

 DAT Achiever dropped from the #1 spot in 2016 to the #2 spot in 2017. One thing you have to know about DAT Achiever is that it is a lot more difficult than the real test. I am sure 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 #2 Hottest DAT Study Material for 2017!

DAT Achiever was ranked #1 in 2016

#2 – Crack DAT PAT

Crack DAT PAT is the best resource that you can buy for the perceptual ability section of the DAT.Whether you feel that you can succeed or not Crack DAT PAT will help you to improve. There are 10 full-length tests along with thousands of bonus practice problems! The problems provided 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 there is no doubt that this program belongs in the Top 3 Hottest DAT Materials of 2017!

Crack DAT PAT was ranked #2 in 2016

 

#3 – 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 minimal price he charges to gain access to the videos. I don’t have much to say except, CHECK THEM OUT! You definitely will not be disappointed with your purchase. The current videos are high-quality HD videos. Ever since the videos came out they have been gaining popularity and I suspect that they will maintain their spot in the Top 5 Hottest DAT Study Materials in the future.

Chad’s Videos were ranked #4 in 2016

#4 – DAT BootCamp

This is an excellent resource for studying the math and science sections. 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 real test. Need help with the quantitative reasoning section? Get the math destroyer! Not only are the problems good but the solutions are excellent. Definitely not lacking for problems to solve. 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 DAT Bootcamp climbed into the Top 5 on the Hottest DAT Study Materials for 2017.

Math Destroyer was unranked in 2016



#5 – CliffNotes AP Biology

Not much to say here, except that the 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 so if you are looking to get the 21+ you may need to supplement this with Kaplan or Wikipedia. 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. For the price this is a must have resource!

 

Cliffnotes AP Biology was ranked #5 in 2016

#6 – 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 with in +/- 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 once again I am surprised that it is not in the top 5 Hottest DAT Study Materials for 2017!

Top Score Pro was ranked #7 in 2016

#7 – Chad’s Practice Material (Quiz)

I never had the opportunity to use these materials but they have made the Top 10 both in 2016 and 2017.  Don’t worry about purchasing these separate because they are included with your purchase of Chad’s Videos (#4). It sounds like Chad continues to make improvements on his material and that is why it has climbed to the 8th spot on the top 10 list!

Chad’s Practice Material was ranked #10 in 2016

#8 – DATQVAULT

DATQVAULT is one of the newer DAT study materials on the market. Last year this product was just getting recognized by the pre-dental community and now it has made the top 10 list. More and more students are finding that the sets of questions offered are helpful for learning and accurately testing their knowledge. I can’t say much more than this about it as I have not had the chance to use it myself. This sounds like it is a quality product and that is why it made the Top 10 Hottest DAT Material 2017!

DATQVAULT did not make the Top 10 in 2016

#9 – Crack DAT Reading

The reading section is a crucial section on the DAT. More and more students are looking for ways to do better in this section. Crack DAT Reading provides high-quality practice exams that mimic the real thing. The difficulty level is high and will prepare you for passages on the real DAT. Crack DAT Reading provides plenty of practice tests so that you can find a reading strategy that works for you. This is a great resource and I am glad to see that it made the Top 10 in 2017!

Crack DAT Reading did not make the Top 10 in 2016

#10 – DAT Destroyer 

Overall, this is a fantastic resource for the sciences. The problems are difficult and as it states it will “destroy” you on 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. There is no doubt that this is a helpful resource and has jumped from #3 spot in 2016 to the #1 spot in 2017!

 

DAT Destroyer was ranked #3 in 2016

Let us know what you think of the results. Remember, we didn’t pick them, you did!

Crack DAT PAT Honest Review

I am starting a journey through Crack the DAT tutorials and reviews. The tutorials and reviews are meant to give pre-dental students easy feedback on the Crack the DAT software. Everyone is always asking is the Crack the DAT really worth all the money? I would submit, it is worth every penny that you pay! Through creation of these tutorials you will not only see that it is worth every penny but you will be able to see how to more fully utilize the software. Throughout the tutorials I will try and point out any positive or negative aspects of the software. The majority of the tutorials will be written reviews with occasional screen-casting. I will walk you through all the different aspects of Crack the DAT, while you sit back and watch.

The introductory tutorial walks you through the general layout of Crack the DAT which has a very easy interface that allows you to select from any number of tests and results to those tests. Everything from the startup to the viewing of results is an A+ in my book!

Crack DAT PAT Introduction

Positives:

1. Easy to navigate
2. A large number of tests to take
3. Easy to understand breakdowns for each test
4. 3D animations for solution
5. Ability to adjust the timer
6. Thousands of extra, practice Angles, Keyholes, and Cube Counting
7. Unlimited Use: Never expires. I still have mine from a when I took my DAT.
8. Continous Updates: The above was not the most recent version.
9. Best Customer Service

Negatives:

1. If you get a new computer you cannot transfer the software. Also they do not take responsibility if your computer crashes, breaks, etc… Thus leaving you with the cost of replacing the the software. The software replacement will not cost you the original price but will be given to you at a discount. NOTE: AWESOME CUSTOMER SERVICE! I had a little trouble with my computer being weird and not validating the program. They worked with me until the problem was fix (it was my computer). They did not charge extra for reloading the program several times.

2. When upgrading to the newest version your scores from previous tests are erased. If you want to remember what you got on all the tests, remember to write them down before updating to the newest version.

Crack DAT PAT “Keyholes”

Keyholes is the very first section of the perceptual ability portion of the DAT. It is a section that everyone can do well on! For some it may come a little easier but with practice and repetition everyone can be getting at least 14 of the 15 problems correct. Crack DAT PAT (CDP) keyholes are very similar to that of the DAT and will prepare anyone sufficiently for this section. If you are getting incorrect answers it is important that you view the results and understand why you missed the problem.

Similarity: *9* Very Similar actual DAT

Negatives:

1. On the DAT, answers are not only based on shape but proportion. CDP does not give the test taker a lot of practice in this area.

2. The idea of a 3D image for the solution is good but the image clarity is not very good on CDP. I would have liked to have seen more complete solutions in addition to the 3D graphic. Perhaps graphics showing why each of the answers are either correct or incorrect by utilizing contrast coloring.

Conclusion:

Hope you find this helpful.  Feel free to leave a comment if you have questions or want to share your story.  You can buy a copy of Crack DAT PAT right here whenever you’re ready.