Retaking the DAT can be a daunting task. However, with the right approach it doesn’t have to be. Over the years, we have noticed that the students that set themselves up for success always tend to do better.
When should you retake the DAT?
You should only retake the DAT if you are confident that you can score higher than your previous attempt. If you score less than your previous attempt, it will look poorly when admission committees review your application. This means that if you scored a 23AA, you should give it some serious consideration whether you want to retake the DAT or not. However, if you scored a 18AA and are confident you can do better, we recommend retaking the DAT.
Advice on Retakes
The best advice we have when starting your preparation for a retake is to understand why you are retaking the DAT. Specifically, was it a lack of knowledge in the content, not enough practice, or misinterpretation of the question? If it was content-based, you should focus more attention to content review than you did before.
Furthermore, one of the biggest mistakes that students make while preparing for the DAT is committing to other time-consuming activities that interfere with DAT preparation. This can be anything from a part-time job, research projects, or even volunteer work that is time-consuming. Although there is nothing wrong with doing this, it’s important that none of these other obligations interfere with your DAT preparations.
How should you prepare for the DAT?
For your retake, you want to hone your attention on the weakest subject areas, including any subject areas that you scored poorly on the previous attempt. This means that you spend extra time on reviewing those subject areas and practicing questions. For more information about exactly how you should prepare, we recommend checking out another guide that goes into that in detail by clicking here.
Hopefully this helps you in your DAT preparation. Please reach out to our team if you have any questions. 😊