Top 10 DAT Study Materials for 2012

Top 10 DAT Study Materials For 2012 Breakdown

Here’s another edition of PreDDS.NET’s top 10 DAT Study Materials for 2012. If you are getting ready to study for the Dental Admission Test (DAT) all these study materials are highly recommended. All these study materials were rated by students who have actually taken the Dental Admission Test (DAT), so if your wondering if these are worth it, they are. In a poll on studentdoctor.net all the Dental Admission Test (DAT) study materials were listed and students who have taken the Dental Admission Test (DAT) decided which they thought was the best and were only allowed to vote once. There were 500 votes total and the winners are listed below. Links are included by clicking on the title.

1. DAT Achiever Dental Admission Test Prep 7 Full-Length Sample Exams

  • The DAT Achiever won the poll with 53 total votes. The DAT Achiever consists of 7 full length practice exams that simulate the real Dental Admission Test (DAT). The DAT Achiever contains all the sections of the DAT.  Most people consider the DAT Achiever to be harder then the real Dental Admission Test (DAT). My advice is to estimate your DAT Achiever score to be 1-2 points below your actual score. Click on the link above to purchase!

2. DAT Destroyer

  • The DAT Destroyer comes in a close 2nd place with 52 total votes. The DAT Destroyer is a book that consists of practice problems for every section of the Dental Admission Test (DAT) except the Perceptual Ability section. This book only contains practice problems with detailed answers. The types of problems you see are harder then what you will see on the real Dental Admission Test (DAT). If you have the concepts down completely when taking the DAT Destroyer you will do great on the real Dental Admission Test (DAT). I feel the DAT Destroyer is a bit overpriced. If you click on the link above you can buy the book through amazon and save some money. The 2009-2011 version is basically the same as the 2012 version except there are more practice problems added, I recommend not getting a version any earlier than 2009.

3. Crack the DAT Amazon Ace Bundle Package (2012-2013 Edition)

  • Crack the DAT came in a close 3rd place with 51 votes. Crack the DAT is a simulated Dental Admission Test (DAT) software. The software has every section of the Dental Admission Test (DAT). What makes this software stand out among the others listed is the detailed explanations for each problem. Every question is explained thoroughly by video, and also by text. The Perceptual Ability Section has detailed 3-D images to show you exactly what you got wrong. Click on the link above to purchase!

4. Chad’s Videos

  • Coming in a distant 4th are Chad’s Videos with 46 votes! His videos are an absolute must and cover the Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Quantitative Reasoning section of the Dental Admission Test (DAT). He goes into detail how to tackle the problems you will see on the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and explains things in an easy to understand way. His videos also come with quizzes. Most students recommend going through his videos 3 times to get all his concepts down completely. The subscription fee is 50 bucks but I would say is the best value out of all the study materials on this list.

5. CliffsNotes AP Biology

  • (TIE)In 5th place is Cliffnotes AP Biology book (36 Votes). This book is really a deal it can be purchased for less then 20 dollars used on Amazon.com (Link above). The book goes over every section you will be tested on for the Dental Admission Test (DAT) and is absolutely a must buy. The book comes with loads of practice questions which are similar questions to what you will see on the Dental Admission Test (DAT). I would recommend getting the version with the CD, the practice problems are very helpful click on the link above to purchase through amazon.com!

6. Math Destroyer

  • (TIE)Coming in 5th place is the Math Destroyer with 36 votes. One of the toughest sections of the Dental Admission Test (DAT) is the Quantitative Reasoning section. Many students just can’t simply remember the math concepts needed to do well in this section. This section basically tests you on math concepts that were learned in High School. Luckily most dental schools don’t consider this section to be that important when evaluating a potential candidate. However, doing well on this section may just be what you need to get into dental school. Dr. Romano’s Math Destroyer is a compilation of around 500 questions which are very represenative to what you will see on the Dental Admission Test (DAT). Some people argue that they are harder. Dr. Romano also includes a detailed explanation so you can figure out what you got wrong on a question. This book is very overpriced so I would look through amazon to see if you can find it used, the link is included above.

7. TopScore Pro for the DAT

  • Topscore Pro came in 7th with 31 votes. Topscore pro comes with 3 full length Dental Admission Test (DAT) practice tests. They are very representative of the real thing. However, the software is a little old. I think if you purchased DAT Achiever and Crack the DAT you should be fine. Some students still say its worth it and I have included the amazon link for this above. I really don’t think its worth the $90.

8. Chad’s Quizzes

  • In 8th Place are Chad’s Quizzes for the Dental Admission Test (DAT) (27 votes). His quizzes are very representative of the DAT. There are about 300 questions total  for Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Quantitative Reasoning. If you buy his videos the quizzes come free. The quizzes also come with detailed explanations for various questions. A must buy!

9. DATQVault

  • In 9th place is DATQVault with 21 votes. DATQVault has tests for every section of the Dental Admission Test (DAT) except for the Perceptual Ability Test (PAT). These tests have detailed explanations and are totally worth your money! I personally think this study material should be higher on the list. This website has about 10 tests per subject except for the Perceptual Ability Section which has zero and the Reading Comprehension Section which has 6 tests. Once you finish the software estimates your Dental Admission Test (DAT) score which is very representative of the real thing. The software also tells you what sections you should study up on. Internet is required to take these tests!

10. Crack the DAT (2012-2013 Edition) Reading Comprehension

  • Crack the DAT makes it to our countdown a 2nd time in 10th place with 20 votes. Crack the DAT Reading Comprehension is perfect for students who are having trouble with this section. These practice tests are very representative of what you will see on the Dental Admission Test (DAT). It’s tough to improve your score on this section but the more practice you get the better you will be. Click the link above to purchase this software through Amazon.

Let’s Compare this to Last Year

2011 2012
 1. DAT Achiever (39 Votes)  1. DAT Achiever (53 Votes)
 2. Crack DAT PAT (36 Votes)  2. DAT Destroyer (52 Votes)
 3. DAT Destroyer (33 Votes)  3. Crack the DAT (51 Votes)
 4. Chad’s Videos (26 Votes) TIE  4. Chad’s Videos (46 Votes)
 5. CliffsNotes AP Biology (26 Votes) TIE  5. CliffsNotes AP Biology (36 Votes) TIE
 6. TopScore Pro (24 Votes)  6. Math Destroyer (36 Votes) TIE
 7. DAT Math Destroyer (23 Votes)  7. TopScore Pro (31 Votes)
 8. Kaplan DAT (Blue Book) (21 Votes)  8. Chad’s Quizzes (27 Votes)
 9. Studentdoctor.net (19 Votes)  9. DATQVault (21 Votes)
 10. Chads Practice Materials (15 Votes)  10. Crack the DAT (2012-2013 Edition) Reading Comprehension (20 Votes)

It looks like two of the contenders from 2011 did not show up in 2012. These are studentdoctor.net and Kaplan Blue Book. Kaplan has been behind the times when it comes to Dental Admission Test (DAT) study material. Many students who take Kaplan’s course or read their DAT book don’t do well on the Dental Admission Test (DAT). Kaplan needs to come out with better study materials as well as practice problems to help students do better on the Dental Admissions Test (DAT). Due the to DAT becoming much tougher Kaplan has not kept up pace.

DATQVault made it to the countdown as well. This website just expanded the amount of tests it had on its site compared to last year. You can now find Reading Comprehension, Biology, Organic Chemistry, General Chemistry, and Quantitative reasoning tests on this site. A great resource for Pre-Dental Students to practice for the real Dental Admission Test (DAT). Each question comes with detailed answers and this software also identifies what areas you need to work on. A great buy!

That’s it for this review, click on the links to purchase the respective test materials. Good Luck on your DAT and please comment and leave feedback below!

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