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

Update: (June 20th, 2017) I’ve heard from several students that the highlighting feature on the real DAT now works exactly like it does in DAT Bootcamp. That is, if you make highlights after the first initial passage while answering a question, it will remain active for all the questions in that passage. So you can continue to use the highlighting feature however you wish to help you ace the RC section.

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.