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The DAT Basics | Special Feature: Aida Shadrav

You have shadowed multiple dentists, taken the prerequisite courses, and have finally confirmed  that dentistry is the career you intend to pursue. Congratulations! Now, it is time to get prepared for the Dental Admissions Test (DAT).  Here is a brief overview of the exam: Survey of Natural Sciences (100 questions, 90 mins) Biology (40) General chemistry (30) Organic chemistry (30) Perceptual ability (90 questions, 60 mins) Reading comprehension (50 questions, 60 mins) Quantitative reasoning (40 questions, 45 mins)   You will have an optional 15 min break in between the perceptual ability portion of the exam and the reading comprehension. I strongly recommend that you take advantage of this break, walk around the building, and shake off the tension in your body, maybe hum your favorite song to yourself as you stretch out your legs. Make sure to eat sweet treats such as dates, almonds, raisins, and fruits. They will give you energy to go through more questions! Once you are done with th

Highschool Pre-Dental Guide | TTB

When in high school, future dentists should start preparing for their career and should start to take classes based on their major. More and more students are applying to Dental School and competition is very tough. Below, is a short and simple guide on how to strengthen your application and prepare for the pre-dental route. Future dentists should most definitely take as many science courses (preferably AP, IB, or DE) they can such as Biology, Chemistry, as well as math courses like Algebra and Calculus. Take as many science and math classes as you can to show colleges that you are the best candidate! Suggested and strongly recommended classes include Anatomy (and Physiology) and AP Environmental. Also, consider volunteering and shadowing at your local dental clinic; this shows colleges that you are determined to become a dentist and that you have experience. Also, consider joining medical clubs at schools, such as Science Olympiad, HOSA, or any additional clubs your school provide

The DAT: Studying and Resources | TTB

  How to study for the DAT The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is a gruelling 5-hour test that tests you on all the difficult science content you’ve learnt over the years. While studying for the DAT is by no means easy, having the right mindset and a study plan will help you achieve the score you want. Make a study plan  Most students found the best DAT study schedule is 3 to 6 hours of work per day for 3 to 6 months. They’ve found having rewards, breaks and limitations in review materials helped them achieve the score they needed for dental school.  Practice There are a few steps to this: reading, questions and review.  Start by reading chapters and making notes on them. You may want to further consolidate your learning by watching science review videos.  Next, complete the chapter review questions so you get feedback on your understanding of the chapter material.  Once that is done, have a go at some full-length DAT practice tests.  After a test, make notes on the areas that you struggl