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How to Prepare for the DAT

Thinking about taking the DAT soon? This week's how-to gives insight on what to do and not do in preparation for your DAT, as well as a load of resources to help you!


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THE DOs


✨Register early for the exam and plan three to four months to study (it is recommended 200-250 hours of study/prep time)!


✨Know what to expect on test day! Become familiar with the layout and structure of the DAT. These websites breakdown the components on the test:


- Canadian: https://www.cda-adc.ca/en/becoming/dat/information/

- American: https://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/dental-admission-test


✨Use online resources like the ones below to help explain topics you are struggling with and reinforce topics you have a good understanding of to help master all information!


✨Practice with full length exams, this will help with understanding of the layout along with test time frame and sections!


✨ Take small breaks in between study sessions! This will help keep your mind focused when studying (every 30 min… take a 5 min break).


THE DON’Ts


✨Spend more time practicing than studying and reading the material. Though practicing is crucial, do not solely dedicate your time to this. Understanding all information is still the most important.


✨Spend too much time trying to memorize every single detail. Details will be tested however make sure you understand the concept and how to apply your knowledge to multiple questions.


✨Just study anywhere. Learn in what type of environment you are most focused and productive and find a spot that matches this. Some prefer to study with background noise and some need complete silence. Do whatever feels best for you!


✨DAT Study Resources for Studying:


DAT Booster: @dat_booster

https://datbooster.com/



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