How the Highlighting and Cross Out Features Work on the DAT

There are two new important features the 2017 DAT has that you can use to improve your score. The first is the ability to highlight key words and phrases in the reading comprehension section, and the second is the ability to cross out incorrect answer choices by right-clicking on them.

How to Use the Cross Out Feature: This is a super useful tool to use on tests. As you go through answer choices, if you know they are definitely wrong, just right click the answer choice to cross it out. It’ll be easier to focus on comparing what you think the plausible answer choices are instead of mentally keeping track what’s right and what’s wrong. All DAT Bootcamp practice tests have this feature for you to practice.

How to Use the Highlighting Feature: The way the highlighting feature works on the real DAT is a little wonky, so please read this post fully: On the real DAT, before you get to your first question in the reading comprehension section, you’ll see the entire passage without a question. Once you click ‘Next’, you’ll see the first question and the same passage beneath it. It is on the first screen that you see the full passage that you can highlight the passage, and those highlights will carry forward for all questions on that passage.

Once you click ‘Next’ from that first screen, you’ll see the first question on the passage and the passage beneath it, with all your previous highlights. Here is the kicker – any highlights you make from this point forward to the passage beneath the question will not carry over to the other questions. You can still highlight the passage at any time while answering the questions, but the highlighted text will not carry over to the other questions. It is only on that first screen that displays the full passage without a question that highlights will carry over to all questions.

Once you finish the first passage, then the second passage will appear in full without a question. Again, you can read the passage and highlight it, and the highlights will carry over to all questions in the second passage. Once you click ‘Next’, you’ll see the first question on the second passage. Again, you will see all the highlights you made previously to the second passage, but any highlights you make from here will not carry over to the other questions.

How I Recommend to Practice Using the Highlighting Tool: On DAT Bootcamp, you can highlight your reading passages. Simply left-click and drag to select the text you wish to highlight, and click the highlight button that appears. This is exactly how it works on the real DAT. If you wish to remove the highlighted text, just left-click the highlighted text. I recommend you only practice highlighting the passage on the first question of each passage, and do not make any new highlights after the first question of each passage to simulate the real DAT.