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Acing the Biology Section of the DAT Exam

Acing the Biology Section of the DAT Exam

The Dental Admissions Test (DAT) is a comprehensive exam that evaluates the knowledge and skills needed for success in dental school. The DAT is composed of multiple-choice test questions (items) presented in the English language. It consists of four sections: Survey of the Natural Sciences, Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning. Today we’re focusing on how to get the highest score possible on the Biology section. If you’re taking the DAT soon, read on!   Understand Your Strengths and Weaknesses   The best way to prepare for any exam is to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Spend some time...

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DAT Percentiles: How to Interpret Your Score and Improve Your Chances

DAT Percentiles: How to Interpret Your Score and Improve Your Chances

  At least 14,000 people take the DAT exam each year, meaning that if you’re a pre-dental student and have taken the Dental Admissions Test or are preparing to do so, you should congratulate yourself on being part of a small, elite pool of individuals. Whether you’ve taken the test or plan to do so, you may wonder exactly what your score means. Many students are unaware of other factors to consider aside from their overall number, such as individual percentile scores.  Understanding this information can provide more insight into how you performed and ultimately help improve your chances of...

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6 Ways to Keep Calm and Overcome DAT Test Anxiety

6 Ways to Keep Calm and Overcome DAT Test Anxiety

It's estimated that between 40% and 60% of students suffer from some level of test anxiety. A good chunk of these students will soon be taking the DAT (Dental Admissions Test) exam, a test designed to assess the knowledge of prospective dental students.  Are you experiencing anxiety as a result of the upcoming DAT exam? Need help keeping calm and overcoming that anxiety? Here is the article for you.  Below, we're going to cover 6 ways to combat DAT test anxiety. We're also going to provide you with a wealth of other information, helping you approach the DAT exam with as clear a head as...

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DAT Reading Comprehension Strategies for ESL Learners

DAT Reading Comprehension Strategies for ESL Learners

Studying for exams is daunting no matter who you are, but especially for anyone who speaks English as a second language. You shouldn’t let being an ESL learner stop you from reaching your goal of becoming a dentist. However, you'll need to pass a Dental Admission Test first. The test includes a reading section, which is a further challenge for ESL learners. However, there are a few useful ways to make this section much easier Here are seven tips to help you do your very best in the DAT reading comprehension section as an ESL learner. 1. Practice Good Note...

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Breaking Down Your DAT Score: What It Means and How to Improve

Breaking Down Your DAT Score: What It Means and How to Improve

Are you wondering what exactly your DAT exam score means? Read here to break down your DAT score and find out what it means and how you can improve. The Dental Admission Exam (DAT Exam) is a standardized test evaluating a student's academic preparedness for dental school. Administrators use the DAT score to judge a candidate's probable success. Below we explain the DAT, including its format, content, and scoring system. This article also provides score-improving strategies for pre-dental students. Want to boost your chances of dental school admission? Read on to learn all about the DAT and the best ways to ace...

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