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The first step in creating a differential for a radiographic lesion is to develop a detailed radiographic description and history. A radiographic description should include:
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Here are some practical tips to beat procrastination, something that I can be too familiar with at times.
You’ve just completed your first practice test and you didn’t score exactly what you were hoping to. You’re currently feeling a bit discouraged, after having weeks of intense studying, and are unsure what you should do next.
One of the most frequently asked questions we get at Bootcamp is how to better prepare for the Biology Section. One of the hardest things about the bio section is that it covers a mountain of material. Here are some tips that can help you get the most out of your study.
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If you’re a member of a pre-optometry club or society, check with one of your officers to see if you have a discount already set up for your school.
Be sure to follow the steps exactly as specified on the ADA’s website when you register for OAT. Read all of the guides and checklists provided so that you don’t run into any trouble on test day. Apply early (to take the OAT test) so that you can get your first choice of when and where you want to take the OAT.
OAT test dates are offered year-round through the Prometric test centers, but I recommend registering early – seats tend to fill up quickly and it’s common for the next available seat to be up to 2 months away!
The OAT consists of 4 sections: Survey of Natural Sciences, Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning. The test will take you just about 5 hours to complete, not including transportation to and from the test site, checking in, etc.
The average AA for acceptance across all optometry schools is approximately a 320. This is just an average though – you can certainly get accepted with lower OAT scores depending on the strength of the rest of your application and where you apply.
Each subject is scored on a standardized scale out of 400 points. A score of 300 equates to the 50th percentile in that section. There are no deductions for incorrect answers. Thus, you should always fill out every answer option – it doesn’t hurt you to guess!
Short answer: Yes, very basic concepts in geometry and trigonometry can still be tested.
Here is a comprehensive list of definitions to start off your Quantitative Reasoning studies.
There are 40 questions in the quantitative reasoning section of the DAT, all with varying difficulty. You will most likely react to each question in one of three ways.
Occasionally, on the DAT organic chemistry section, you’ll be asked about one of the chemical lab tests you likely used in your lab sections to identify the functional groups in a molecule. Below is a list of the most common lab tests, which functional group they test for, and what a positive result looks like.
Below is a cheat sheet you can use to study organic chemistry lab techniques tested on the DAT.
A major part of the DAT organic chemistry section is knowing your reactions. I have constructed the following reaction sheet to expose you to every reaction that could possibly show up on the DAT.
Now we need to focus on benzene substituents and how they affect the location of subsequent additions. Here’s a list of the ones you would most likely see.
In an Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution (EAS) reaction, the benzene ring acts as a nucleophile that attacks an electrophile. The reaction mechanism below outlines the flow of electrons that occurs during all EAS reactions.
One of the toughest parts of organic chemistry is understanding the mechanisms behind reactions. Immediately, many pre-dental students want to know if they have to go through the same torture as they did in their college organic chemistry classes to memorize these complex reactions.
Part of the general chemistry section of the DAT will ask you laboratory questions. Usually, they only comprise of 1-2 questions on test, and most are easy to answer. Use this cheat sheet to study general chemistry lab techniques tested on the DAT.
Here is a list of formulas you need to know for the DAT General Chemistry section. Feel free to print it out and use it when necessary. However, remember that you have to memorize these formulas and this cheat sheet will not be available on the real DAT.
Here’s a general chemistry concept that frequently appears on the DAT. We’re talking about intermolecular forces, not to be confused with intRAmolecular forces, which bind the atoms within a single particle (i.e. covalent bonds, metallic bonds, ionic bonds).
This is an important issue to address, because I feel a lot of study materials for the DAT sway pre-dental students in the wrong direction.
The DAT general chemistry section expects you to be fluent in chemical compounds. For example, do you know the formula for chromate? Below is a selected list of common ions you should know for the DAT (click for full image).
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.
This is a new strategy that attempts to take the best from all the other strategies and reading techniques. BYU4you, a pre-dental student, was scoring around 19-20 on DAT Bootcamp’s RC section, and used this method to score a 28 on the real RC section.
This is a popular method a pre-dental student used to score a 30 on the RC section of the DAT. It is a version of the search and destroy method. In summary, it involves looking for keywords in all of the questions, and then browsing the passage to search for all of those keywords at once. When you find a keyword, you go to that question and answer it.
This is the method I used on the DAT reading section because it’s what made me feel most comfortable. It’s a very simple method. I would read the passage in full and then answer the questions in order. I would try to allocate 7-9 minutes to reading the passage, and then around 10-12 minutes to answering the questions.
Search and Destroy (or S&D) is a method used on the reading comprehension section of the DAT. In brief, the method is to skip reading the passage and to just go straight to the questions.
Often times on DAT and OAT reading passages, certain words and phrases will be used to convey the structure of the passage. By understanding what these words signify, you can more easily understand the structure of the reading passage. Here is a list of words you should look out for in these reading passages.
Digestive enzymes is a topic frequently tested on the Biology section of the DAT and OAT. Knowing the function of key enzymes, where they are produced, and how they are regulated will translate to easy points come test day. Below, I’ve outlined how food is broken down from the moment of ingestion until it is absorbed in the small intestine.
Mnemonics are a great tool to memorizing large amounts of information quickly. Here are a couple I used to answer some questions on the DAT and OAT.
I’d like to open discussion on a question proposed to me the other day: for those who have taken the DAT / OAT, which topic do you wish you had spent less time reviewing?
Students believe that reading all 1500 pages of Campbell biology, a textbook you most likely used in biology I and II, will guarantee a great score on the biology section of the DAT / OAT. Other students attempt to review all of the lecture slides. After all, studying from the same source the test questions were developed from makes the most sense, right? Not quite.
Studying for any section of the DAT / OAT starts the same way: do a content review and then begin to tackle practice questions in bulk.
There are a series of common “traps”, or distractor answer choices, the DAT / OAT uses to confuse students. Be on the lookout for these distractor answer choices on the reading comprehension section.
As you may be aware, the biology section covers a massive amount of information; so much, that it is impractical for you to know it all. You have to understand and be comfortable with the fact that you will not know everything on test day. Trust me, you will get some questions which you have never even reviewed.