Meet Evan Miller, a happy DAT Bootcamp customer who recently conquered the DAT. I’ve asked Evan to share his DAT experience with us as the featured student of July.
What is one piece of advice you would give to another student preparing to take the DAT?
Act like you only have one shot to take the test. This attitude puts pressure on you to study as hard as you can. If you only have the opportunity to take it once before you apply, treat the DAT as your top priority, but don’t drop your extracurriculars or normal habits – this will just stress you out even more. Continue to work out, stay involved in clubs, but just cut back your time a bit when studying needs to happen. I made sure to build ten extra days into the DAT Bootcamp study schedule in order to compensate for class exams and a some weekend trips. Be realistic when planning how much time you have to study. Also, the coursework surrounding your DAT studying is crucial. I purposefully scheduled anatomy and molecular genetics the semester before studying for my DAT and was in the process of taking microbiology and physiology while studying for the test. This helped tremendously with the biology section since everything was fresh in my head.
How did you use DAT Bootcamp to prepare for the DAT?
I followed the Bootcamp study schedule exactly as specified. I used no extra material other than what was recommended. As I mentioned before, I built in extra days for when I needed days off while focusing on coursework. I found the practice exams and explanation to be phenomenally helpful, and the structure (study the first 5 weeks, practice the next 5 weeks) was perfect. I made a Word document for each of the 5 academic sections, each with my most frequently missed questions or important facts. The day before my test, I reviewed difficult questions, glanced over the important facts in the Word doc, and watched the Biology CrashCourse videos on YouTube for the sections I had the most trouble with. These helped ingrain the most difficult topics in my head right before the test.
What would you do differently to prepare for the DAT?
Because I took my DAT during a semester of school, I didn’t have time to actually go back and review my notes from reading and watching videos. I believe that if I had the time to go back and review on the “rest” days, my score would’ve been a bit higher. Also, because I took organic chemistry in high school through a university, that section was not fresh in my head and I essentially had to relearn it all, so taking that again in college would’ve been extremely beneficial.
Overall, Ari and his team have a wonderful system going, and I strongly recommend this program. The price can’t be beat, and the content and structure are perfect for DAT preparation, and almost equal to the difficulty of the DAT (a bit harder than the actual test in my opinion). If anyone has questions or would like to talk to me about the test, feel free to reach out!
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My score breakdown: 23 AA, 23 TS, 23 BIO, 26 GC, 20 OC, 24 QR, 22 RC, 22 PAT
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