DAT Strategy


How the Right Mindset Can Boost Your DAT Score

A frequent question I’m asked by students preparing for the DAT is: “what do I need to know?” Mechanisms for organic chemistry? Macromolecules? Details of the kidney system? Granted, it’s important you don’t waste time studying irrelevant material that will never appear on the exam. But when I’m asked about specifics, usually the conversation will […]


Should I Read the Entire Campbell Biology Textbook?

Short answer: No. This question is usually asked after students review the list of reference texts the ADA uses to develop the DAT. Students believe that reading all 1500 pages of Campbell biology, a textbook you most likely used in biology I and II, will guarantee a great score on the biology section of the […]


How To Properly Use Campbell Biology Lecture Slides

Studying for any section of the DAT starts the same way: do a content review and then begin to tackle practice questions in bulk. Here’s what I recommend: do your content review with a condensed set of notes. Students studying for the DAT often use an AP biology book. I used Cliffs AP Biology and […]


How is the DAT Graded?

To begin, your raw score on the individual sections of the DAT are converted into standard scores. All of the DAT sub-sections (Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Math) are individually graded on a scale of 30 points. Your sciences raw scores combine to make your Total Science Score (TS), and everything […]


Root Words: The Secret to Dominating DAT Biology

This is the first in a series of posts on how to beat the biology section on the DAT. As you may be aware, the biology section covers a massive amount of information; so much, that it is impractical for you to know it all. You have to understand and be comfortable with the fact […]