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    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    Yeah, I wrote at UofT and the angles for angle ranking seemed a little fuzzy to me
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    November 2018 DAT Thoughts

    yeah, you had to balance it by adding a 2 in front of one of the products if I remember correctly. BIO/CHEM were much easier than I expected. Had to still guess a few. Was glad it wasn't calculation heavy so I had a few minutes remaining to review everything. PAT I got cocky that I had extra time for BIO/CHEM so I went slower than I usually would and ran out of time, literally had all of TFE left so circled A for them all LOL RC was probably the best section, had lots of time remaining so got to look over my answers. final thoughts: was waaaaay more stressed out than I needed to be. Need to work on timing for PAT, need to learn not to be so fixed on answering the question in front of me and just move on. Need to work on reviewing more broad concepts instead of very in detail topics/super lengthy calculations questions for BIO/CHEM. Excited to write again in February, really think I can do much better and now that I've gotten over those first-time nerves, hopefully, familiarity with the testing scenario will help with the marks as well!! wrote at UofT lab 4 and just being in the room made me so pumped for actually being in there one day as a dental student
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    Western Dent Shadowing Experience

    How do you approach a dentist to ask to shadow?
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    DAT what to expect

    Hey guys, I'll be writing the Canadian DAT at UofT this Saturday for the first time and was wondering what to expect when I sit down. How will I be seated, what will I see on the table in front of me, whats the overall atmosphere like? Kind of hoping for a step-by-step from someone who has written so I can calm my nerves a bit! How many pencils will we be given, erasers, blank sheets for rough work?? Also, are we allowed to write on the question sheets, will we be answering on a scantron, is it just a clock or is it a timer?
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    RC Strategy

    What I've learnt is: don't spend the entire time reading the passage and trying to memorize it. Kind of skim through and jot down main ideas about what each paragraph is about so that when a question asks about something specific, you can go back to the passage and you'll know where to look from the notes you jotted down when going through it the first time. Now you can read it properly to answer the question and you saved time by not having to look through the whole passage again and saved a mark because you didn't try to answer from memory but instead found the actual answer in the passage! I found that really helpful because the main issue with this section is time and doing this really helped me save a lot of it!
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    DAT Advice

    OMG why is this literally me. I feel so unprepared for the Chem section and I also have midterms before that I need to study for and assignments due as well *facepalm* I feel your pain! I'm going to write it since I already paid for it so may as well go there and check it out and see how it goes. If I do well (unlikely) then great! If not, I'll be more comfortable with the test, since I already did it once, and I'll hopefully be less nervous for when I try again in February!
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    cDAT Nov. VS Feb.

    This is from the DAT Bootcamp website: "The standard score is designed to make the tests fair for everyone. There are multiple versions of the DAT being administered simultaneously; the standard score enables admission committees to compare the DAT scores of students taking different versions of the test. This means that if you get an easier version of the DAT, missing more questions would hurt you more than if you took a difficult version of the DAT. In the end, you’ll score the same regardless of what version of the test you take. DAT Grading Scale A lot of students are floored once they realize how heavily scaled the DAT is across sections. For example, on the 2007 DAT exam, missing five questions in the organic chemistry section (out of 30 total questions) results in a standard score of 20. Missing five questions in the general chemistry section (out of 30 total questions) results in a standard score of 19. The DAT is not graded linearly. As you can see, there is very little room for error on the DAT. The difference between a 22 AA and a 26 AA is often just a few questions. Therefore, it’s important that you dedicate studying time to every section of the DAT. Continued practice is the best strategy to recognize your weaknesses and prepare you for test day." //// The way they mark a question is that you get compared to students who have previously written the test with that one specific question on it and how many students got that question right in the past and depending on if you got it right or not, you'll get a score based on that. So if it was an easy question (easy because most people in the past got it right when they took the test) and you got it wrong, you'll have a large drop in your mark and if you get it right you'll have a small increase. If the question is hard (because most people in the past got it wrong) and you get it wrong too, you'll have a small decrease in mark and if you get it right, you'll have a high increase. They do the same with every question. I don't think there is a specific Q-bank for November and February tests and instead, just one big one they pull from so the test questions will overlap from both months past tests and you'll be marked against students who have had the same question as you regardless of what month they've written. IMO the month you write doesn't matter, it all comes down to how much you studied for it
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    anyone know any in class DAT prep courses

    I live in Ontario and I did the Kaplan DAT prep course (pretty sure its offered all around Canada and America). They provide you with a textbook with sections on general bio, general and organic chem, quantitative reasoning, perceptual ability and reading comprehension (I'm writing the Canadian DAT so didn't bother reading organic chem or quantitative reasoning sections). Each chapter in the textbook has review questions and it comes with an additional lesson book that has a bunch of more review questions and has a place to take notes in class and on your own on the main concepts. It also comes with flash cards with extra practice questions on them and answers on the back and a wet erase whiteboard-like sheet + marker that you can use while doing practice (which they say is similar to the one you'll get on test day). There are in-class sessions for general bio, general and organic chem, quantitative reasoning, reading comprehension and an online session for perceptual ability. Here, a prof reviews some main topics from each chapter and does some review problems with the class (my class had 8 people in it). If you wanna repeat a class in person, you can do that and they have recorded classes online if you wanna do that instead. They give you 6 online practice tests that give you answers once you're done and your percentile compared to past Kaplan students so you can know how well you did. They have a bunch of online quizzes and extra practice questions online as well. I just finished the class and really enjoyed it so google it and see if it's offered where you live!
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    Is The Cda Dat Prep Materials Worth It?

    Does anyone have any thoughts on a more recent version of the CDA DAT Preparation Manual?
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    Any chance for interviews?

    so they dropped your lowest year and counted 2 of your other years + your 4th which you were doing at the time of your application? What were your extracurriculars?
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    Need some serious advice.

    About the physiology credit, Western lets you take an exam to get in if all that's missing from your application is the physiology credit. It says this on the admissions website: The Physiology Challenge Exam is offered to candidates invited to interview who will not have been able to fulfill the physiology course requirement by the end of the application cycle. http://www.schulich.uwo.ca/dentistry/future_students/doctor_of_dental_surgery_dds/admission/admission_requirements.html my advice: do your fifth year and apply to Western and UofT, but also apply to schools for your plan B career option so that if you still dont get in for dentistry, you won't spend a year off and you'll go straight to plan B
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    need some advice

    But you'd also be in lots more of debt. Don't consider the US unless you really really really want to be a dentist and nothing else would make you happy in the world cause from what I've heard, US dental school has costed more than double of what it costs in Canada. (including residence/travel/tuition etc.)