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    Super Nova got a reaction from ricktheshambler in Do most dental students come from affluent/well-off families?   
    My teacher always told me there is no such thing as a dumb question, but i dont know about that anymore.
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    Super Nova got a reaction from qwerty2222 in UofA DDS 2022 Acceptance/WL/Rejected Thread   
    Should be ECHA fifth floor, dentistry department. Check your emails to see if the signature has information on office location. 
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    Super Nova got a reaction from Starburst in Any suggestions for preparing for DAT during school year.   
    Creating your own BIO and CHEM notes will never be a bad thing! Using them to review concept that you wrote yourself is an excellent idea to help make you remember things over a period of time. All the advice that has been given here so far is very good and i think you have a good idea of what resource you should use to study. I can vouch for some of the things that were said and add on to it.
    BIO and CHEM: Your current resource of Kaplan + AP cliffs Bio will give you a good understanding of topics and you will do well. However, i agree there are far more representative materials out there. As sel397 said, Kaplan is a little bit outdated and therefore does not match the difficulty as well. But if you use another resource in conjunction with kaplan and AP cliffs, i think you would be good. 
    PAT: Again i agree that the best practice comes from doing the PAT on paper as sel mentioned but cleanup and qwerty are right in saying that IQ publications is not the way to go. Severely outdated, has mistakes, and its simply not representative of the actual exam. I would strongly recommend datcrusher for this section. Nothing came close to it in my experience and i tried everything from IQ all the way to achiever (which was way overkill). Their unlimited printable generators made the actual test a joke since i got so fast and accustomed to doing it on paper. 
    RC: Some say this section is impossible to study for and some say there is a methodology to it and i would say i am somewhere in between. On one hand, a predictor of how you do depends on how familiar you are with the chosen subject topic. Say on test day an article about engines shows up and you have an above average knowledge on the topic due to your upbringing or interests, then you will have a easier time reading the passage then a student who does not have that knowledge. last cycle actually, crusher had a passage on their site that showed up on the actual test. More luck then anything i assume but reading the forums it seemed like it helped a lot of kids out. On the other hand, having a sound approach and methodology to the RC is beneficial also. Irregardless of that though, we can all agree that reading in general to speed up your skill and comprehension will obviously have no downfall. And i think you will get that with many of the resources. Whether they are representative of the difficulty you will face on the DAT however, that is a different topic all together. I'd say, whatever resource you currently have that has an RC component, use it, even if its just reading scientific articles online. The more the better! Because again with the exception of maybe IQ publications, resources like crusher, bootcamp, crackdat, probably even kaplan, will give you that exposure!
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    Super Nova got a reaction from garlerey in Any suggestions for preparing for DAT during school year.   
    Creating your own BIO and CHEM notes will never be a bad thing! Using them to review concept that you wrote yourself is an excellent idea to help make you remember things over a period of time. All the advice that has been given here so far is very good and i think you have a good idea of what resource you should use to study. I can vouch for some of the things that were said and add on to it.
    BIO and CHEM: Your current resource of Kaplan + AP cliffs Bio will give you a good understanding of topics and you will do well. However, i agree there are far more representative materials out there. As sel397 said, Kaplan is a little bit outdated and therefore does not match the difficulty as well. But if you use another resource in conjunction with kaplan and AP cliffs, i think you would be good. 
    PAT: Again i agree that the best practice comes from doing the PAT on paper as sel mentioned but cleanup and qwerty are right in saying that IQ publications is not the way to go. Severely outdated, has mistakes, and its simply not representative of the actual exam. I would strongly recommend datcrusher for this section. Nothing came close to it in my experience and i tried everything from IQ all the way to achiever (which was way overkill). Their unlimited printable generators made the actual test a joke since i got so fast and accustomed to doing it on paper. 
    RC: Some say this section is impossible to study for and some say there is a methodology to it and i would say i am somewhere in between. On one hand, a predictor of how you do depends on how familiar you are with the chosen subject topic. Say on test day an article about engines shows up and you have an above average knowledge on the topic due to your upbringing or interests, then you will have a easier time reading the passage then a student who does not have that knowledge. last cycle actually, crusher had a passage on their site that showed up on the actual test. More luck then anything i assume but reading the forums it seemed like it helped a lot of kids out. On the other hand, having a sound approach and methodology to the RC is beneficial also. Irregardless of that though, we can all agree that reading in general to speed up your skill and comprehension will obviously have no downfall. And i think you will get that with many of the resources. Whether they are representative of the difficulty you will face on the DAT however, that is a different topic all together. I'd say, whatever resource you currently have that has an RC component, use it, even if its just reading scientific articles online. The more the better! Because again with the exception of maybe IQ publications, resources like crusher, bootcamp, crackdat, probably even kaplan, will give you that exposure!
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    Super Nova reacted to garlerey in Any suggestions for preparing for DAT during school year.   
    Honestly there isn't one resource for RC that I personally would recommend. I would suggest perhaps seeking out MCAT CARS exercises. CARS is a bit harder than DAT's RC but it's always better to challenge yourself. Maybe dabble in Kaplan RC, DAT Prep, and other DAT RC books first. Then using CARS once you feel like you have a feel of the strategy/method you want to use. Always time yourself though so that you build up endurance for the real thing. 

    I used Barron's DAT and thought that was a medium-ish level for RC. McGraw Hill's resources were also a bit more challenging than Kaplan's. Another useful strategy would be to read scientific literature like review papers and some introductory philosophy readings. I literally used every textbook that I could get my hands on in my library for some free DAT resources and some MCAT to supplement some areas. I got a 23 RC on my first try of the DAT (I think that it helped that I minored in Philosophy so I had some experience with critical reading). 
    I would also recommend practicing RC on paper rather than on a computer monitor. 
    Good luck!
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    Super Nova reacted to cleanup in Any suggestions for preparing for DAT during school year.   
    This is from an era ago but I found IQ Publications useless for the PAT. Its answers were blatantly wrong. Questions made by someone who didn't bother checking anything.
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    Super Nova got a reaction from letsrobem in Do most dental students come from affluent/well-off families?   
    My teacher always told me there is no such thing as a dumb question, but i dont know about that anymore.
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    Super Nova got a reaction from Zaandrei. in Do most dental students come from affluent/well-off families?   
    My teacher always told me there is no such thing as a dumb question, but i dont know about that anymore.
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    Super Nova got a reaction from Zaandrei. in NBDE Dental Decks 2014 - Part 1   
    You can post this in the classifieds section and it would probably get more attention
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    Super Nova got a reaction from Fakedoctor in Commuting vs. living on campus   
    All depends on what type of student you are. Are you the type of student to be studying all the time or has bad time management? Have you had a commute before to school for say, undergrad? 
    I had a 70 minute one way commute to university everyday for 3 years for my undergrad and i found it to be just fine. After i got into professional school, i had a 25 minute one way commute to the university for a while and now i have a 45 second walk commute. 
    So i will say this, it really will not matter. You will adapt to your situation. Living far away has its perks but none of them really have to do with academics. Living close will give you ease of mind and the luxury of coming and going at leisure.  So ask yourself if saving the money is worth it. I was lucky to get a place that has me pretty much paying what i was when i was far away but it all comes down to this;
    Will the money i save be as valuable as the time i lose? And honestly, having done both, and being in a professional program where you know you are going to make a lot of money afterwards makes it a no brainer. I would go for the ease of mind and just get a place closeby and not worry about the money. Money will come and go, it's just that for the time being, it will mostly 'go' haha.
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    Super Nova got a reaction from jesustakethewheel in Commuting vs. living on campus   
    All depends on what type of student you are. Are you the type of student to be studying all the time or has bad time management? Have you had a commute before to school for say, undergrad? 
    I had a 70 minute one way commute to university everyday for 3 years for my undergrad and i found it to be just fine. After i got into professional school, i had a 25 minute one way commute to the university for a while and now i have a 45 second walk commute. 
    So i will say this, it really will not matter. You will adapt to your situation. Living far away has its perks but none of them really have to do with academics. Living close will give you ease of mind and the luxury of coming and going at leisure.  So ask yourself if saving the money is worth it. I was lucky to get a place that has me pretty much paying what i was when i was far away but it all comes down to this;
    Will the money i save be as valuable as the time i lose? And honestly, having done both, and being in a professional program where you know you are going to make a lot of money afterwards makes it a no brainer. I would go for the ease of mind and just get a place closeby and not worry about the money. Money will come and go, it's just that for the time being, it will mostly 'go' haha.
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    Super Nova got a reaction from uber in REVIEW FOR CRACK THE DAT PAT???   
    The advantage you would be getting is the number of questions you will be exposed to. You will get the 10 exams (900 questions) and although i agree that the quality of the questions is sub-par, i still regard it as valuable. It is overpriced in my personal opinion because you will not use many of the features that come with the bundle, but it will do its job in getting you prepared. datbootcamp and datcrusher have much more representative PAT exams but the downside to those are again cost and limited exams respectively so just balance out what you want from your prep. IQ publications also have printed booklets you can purchase which mimic the non digital aspect of the canadian DAT but those are probably more outdated than crack the dat. 
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    Super Nova got a reaction from DentalDayum in Interview Preparation   
    The prep courses are really not necessary not to mention that break the bank. The best thing you can possible do is practice MMIs with strangers. You can either find people in your area that are also prepping for interviews or simply go to the medical school forums on this site and usually groups form that get together and run mock MMI scenerarios. It really gets you prepared because it puts you under the exact constraints you would face in the actual interview. Because practicing in front of your computer screen or recording yourself with your friends or family just does not reproduce the stressful environment. 
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    Super Nova got a reaction from rocmarc in November 2017 DAT Thoughts   
    Yeah that's very true. I wouldn't have said bootcamp has representative RC for Canadian DAT though. Anyways when it comes to the PAT, go with crack if you want volume (assuming you get the package that gives you 10 exams) but the quality of the questions are lower and the price is more than double. Go with crusher if you want better quality and lower price but you will not be getting as many exams. The printable generators are also cool since their format is exactly what you see on the DAT but personally i didn't mind not being able to print my questions. Some really want that though so that could also be a plus.  
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    Super Nova got a reaction from rocmarc in November 2017 DAT Thoughts   
    i found qvault to have inferior quality of questions but that is reflected in its price and its a budget friendly option. Destroyer is great and you will probably learn more than you need for bio but that is never a bad thing! crusher is amazing for the PAT but their RC is too easy compared to the DAT. They are good with feedback though and they said they have changed the RC content to match the DAT more closely but we wont know if this is the case untill people start using it. As for Crack the DAT, it is also a good resource for PAT as there is a lot of material but RC wont be much use. I also found their biology to be different than what was on the actual DAT. Not sure how much cracker is going for these days, been a while since i checked.
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    Super Nova reacted to Driillzz in November 2017 DAT Thoughts   
    hey there, dont feel bad, a lot of ppl end up redoing the DAT so at least now u have a better idea of what to look for, and can help u better understand which areas u need or dont need to improve on.  So u shouldnt feel like crap, use those scores to motivate urself to excel on the upcoming DAT. Good luck!!!!
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    Super Nova got a reaction from Kittykitty in November 2017 DAT Thoughts   
    Unfortunately its a little more complicated then that since the two test dates vary a lot simply because of the number of students writing! might make more sense to look at the raw number of students with each score rather than percentile if you want to compare. But yeah from the sounds of it, this PAT was harder. Was it just the rock keyholes that threw everyone off or was the entire thing just more difficult?
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    Super Nova reacted to NoobieDentist in Noobie Dentist Podcast   
    so I'm 6 episodes deep now. pretty far ranging topics so far. Not so much business of dentistry focused but more so clinically focused and life focused. Talk about different young dentists job situations, where they working, how many days, number of patients etc. Types of procedures they enjoy doing, dont enjoy doing. What people wearing to work (scrubs vs business casual etc), types of continuing education. I'm very much instagram based and driven right now (@noobiedentist on IG). So for the past several episodes and most likely going forward I'm doing a "Dentists of Instagram" series, talking to general dentists and specialists who are active in the instagram dentistry community!  as the podcast grows Im getting more and more high profile guests on. For those of us that are active on instagram its cool to talk to like minded people and get their story and talk a lot about the motive and incentive for posting. 
    I personally am a massive fan of the role social media (facebook and instagram and even youtube) is playing in education. Today, young dentists have so much freaking access to top level clinicians and their work that I think it's there for the taking. If you want to crush it and do amazing dentistry as I hope to do then that's where you gotta be. Important to both contribute and engage and ask questions. After 1 month of doing the podcast I got to have dinner with one of my mentors and idols Dr. Howard Farran and just interviewed him on the podcast this week actually! never before could you so easily and readily talk to leading experts in their respective fields!
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    Super Nova got a reaction from NoobieDentist in Noobie Dentist Podcast   
    What kind of topics you imagine will be discussed? This is a good idea. There is definitely a lack of podcasts catered to canadians 
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    Super Nova got a reaction from DentalDayum in Number of Tries to get in   
    I'm saying in my opinion it is silly not to consider alternatives. I don't care how people choose to spend their time. It doesn't bother me one bit since it doesn't effect me. I prefaced the comment by saying "If it was me", and i proceeded accordingly, buddy. 
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    Super Nova reacted to WE WUZ KANGZ in Number of Tries to get in   
    I also got in on my first try but I don't agree with Nova saying people are wasting their time if they continue to apply after not being accepted. There are lots of factors that can influence if someone can go abroad like cost, responsibilities, attachments, and even understanding if they can live a healthy lifestyle alone. I respect everyone who got into the program whether it was their first try or after applying for years. It shows me their dedication not only to want to be in the profession but also the drive to go into a school they like and can be proud to represent. 
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    Super Nova got a reaction from Driillzz in Number of Tries to get in   
    Yes! and i have friends who tried once and applied elsewhere (one is in the states right now and the other just got into Australia) and even though they will pay more and the one in Australia is a 5 year program, we will all come out great dentists and the one in the states will probably actually have more clinical experience under his belt as his school has a heavy patient base. 
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    Super Nova got a reaction from Driillzz in Number of Tries to get in   
    EDIT: Be patient but also weigh your options and do not be afraid to seek out alternative routes to realizing your dream
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    Super Nova got a reaction from ImASoldier in November 2017 DAT Thoughts   
    dont think about it too much! just sit tight
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    Super Nova got a reaction from hopefuldentist22 in Canadian DAT Resources Help   
    I honestly would not spend the money on the manual when you can use the funds elsewhere. Because with the manual, i know first hand that they only change a small number of things IF they change anything at all. So i would say you are best to put that money into another resource. In terms of what you have now and the fact that you want to keep things at a minimum, here is what i would suggest.
    Chem: Chad's Videos will be sufficient. I don't think this one is up for debate! and it is relatively cheap!
    Bio: AP Cliff. I wouldn't bother with Feralis. You can cross reference AP cliff with it if you want but AP Cliff will great by itself.
    RC: Currently no one has RC exams that mimick the Canadian DAT. datcrusher RC was too straightforward (although they have said that they are in the process of changing this for the next cycle), datbootcamp is too complex (as it should be since the american DAT has a different style of RC), and personally i feel like IQ is a little too easy and outdated.  So for RC i say go through IQ and use the kaplan book (I actually never used the Kaplan book so i won't comment on it) since you already have them and afterwards, see if you feel like you need more practice and go from there.
    PAT:  Definitely go through the kaplan book first. After that, i would either go with bootcamp or crusher. they are both really strong for their PAT section. bootcamp will give you more questions, crusher will give you printable generators which some people prefer. crackthedat is also good but i found the quality of the questions to be low sometimes. 
    hope that helps! I have pretty much used every resource available so feel free to ask me any further questions!
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