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DAT Reading comprehension versus MCAT verbal


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For those who have written both the MCAT and DAT before, did you notice a big difference between MCAT verbal and DAT reading comprehension. I just did my first DAT test today and noticed that most of the answers for reading comprehension questions could be found by just going back the the passage.

 

Also, I've skimmed through some other DAT tests and have noticed that all the reading comprehension passages are science related. Is it possible for topics like philosophy or arts passages to be on DAT like there it is on MCAT?

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The reading comprehension section contains science passages ONLY. Sometimes if you are lucky and have written the DAT before, you get the same passage! That happened to me before!

 

So to repeat, no philosophy, architecture, poetry, nor artsy topics in the readings. I remember dinosaurs, electron spin-spin coupling, and ring of fire.

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Thanks Adversary.

 

It's interesting how you mention passages like dinosaurs and electron spin-spin coupling.

 

From Barron's DAT book, I was getting the impression that passages were all about teeth physiology and anatomy ie: actual dentistry material. I get the feeling that this is not what the Canadian DAT will be like...

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The reading section is on science, NOT dental subjects.

 

On an interesting note, my biochem background gave me an advantage on some of those articles, ie. spin-spin coupling. I was able to answer questions without referring to the passages.

 

Dental anatomy and physiology is science! :D

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I found the MCAT to be extremely different than the DAT. The MCAT tests your ability to "interpret" and "assume" whereas the DAT is much more factual. I wrote the MCAT three times and could not score a high score, however my DAT score was 22. All three of my passages were science related. The DAT tests how well you are able to understand and remember scientific information.

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