Best DAT Study Materials – Top 4

top 4 dat coursesChoosing the best DAT prep course is the single most important decision you will make in order to score well on the DAT. You will spend countless hours studying so it’s crucial to find the one that best fits your learning style and background.

So here’s the good news – I have personally tested, demoed, and used the most popular DAT study materials on the market so you don’t have to!

The comparison chart below will help you figure out which review course best fits your needs. If you cannot decide on which course to take, email me and I’ll personally help you find one.

DAT Review Course Comparisons & Discounts

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WEBSITE CourseSaver Kaplan DAT Princeton Review DAT Gold Standard DAT
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Chad’s Videos – CourseSaver (Rank: #1)

OVERALL RATING: ★★★★★

Simplicity: Chad is one of the few individuals in this world that possesses the gift of teaching any concept in a clear and concise manner making learning and understanding easy. Prepare to understand concepts that you never did before with Chad’s effective teaching style.
Video Library: The video library is extensive and is made up of short, concise and engaging instructional videos by Chad himself. The videos will keep your attention and you will learn more from them than any other video or review material for the DAT.
Affordable: You have the freedom to choose what topics or subtopics you want to purchase and for how long. This allows you to take charge of your learning and only pay for what you feel is necessary. Subscriptions are affordable on any budget.
Not Comprehensive: Chad’s strength is in both the General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry sections of the DAT. The Quantitative Reasoning section is another well-made section that you should consider using, but their review materials for Biology are not complete as of now and there are no review materials for the PAT or Reading Comprehension.

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Kaplan DAT (Rank: #2)

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OVERALL RATING: ★★★★

Learning Styles: With a variety of courses available Kaplan makes it possible for any type of learner to receive instruction in the way that serves them best; whether that’s working alone, attending a class, or working with a private tutor.
Comprehensive: Kaplan offers a thorough comprehensive review course that provides detailed content for every section of the DAT. Material is presented in different formats, such as: instructional videos, textbooks, or flashcards; to engage and help all types of learners.
Practice Questions: Kaplan provides you with a large bank of practice questions and full-length practice tests to get you prepared and ready for your actual DAT. Working through practice questions is an important part of preparing for just about any major test.
Price: Their review courses are high quality and therefore, come at a high price. Be ready to fork out a nice lump of cash in order to prepare for the DAT with Kaplan.

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The Princeton Review DAT (Rank: #3)

OVERALL RATING: ★★★★

Attention to Detail: The Princeton Review offers thorough explanations about everything so that you are never left in the dark. You will always know what to expect and how to prepare for it. They have a very well structured and organized review course.
Learning Styles: With a variety of courses available they make it possible for any type of learner to receive instruction in the way that serves them best; whether that’s working alone, attending a class, or working with a private tutor. This helps show the versatility of their DAT curriculum.
Comprehensive: They offer a thorough comprehensive review course that provides detailed content for every section of the DAT along with numerous practice questions and full-length practice tests to get you ready for test day. Material is presented in different formats, such as: instructional videos, textbooks, or flashcards; to engage and help all types of learners.
Price: Their review courses are high quality and therefore, come at a high price. Be ready to fork out a nice lump of cash in order to prepare for the DAT with The Princeton Review.

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Gold Standard DAT (Rank: #4)

OVERALL RATING: ★★★★

Simplicity: The Gold Standard is able to present and teach information in a easy to follow and understand manner. They offer thorough explanations about everything and do a good job at stripping down difficult concepts and presenting it in a simple way.
Comprehensive Multimedia Resource: They offer a detailed and thorough review course suited for any type of learner. Their book set is filled with detailed content for every section of the DAT. They also have a video library and MP3 files that covers everything you need to know.
Organic Chemistry: The Organic Chemistry section in The Gold Standard book is slightly weak and does not include any practice questions. They make up for the lack of material and practice questions in the book by providing online practice questions and additional material.
Price: Their review courses are well made, but because of that they are expensive and therefore, are not affordable to every pre-dental student. They are not as expensive as some of the other comprehensive review courses which is a plus however.

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Best DAT Study Materials 2017: Summary

DAT Prep Course Strengths Discounted Price
CourseSaver Simplicity $42.50
Kaplan Comprehensive Materials $1299
The Princeton Review Well Structured $1249
Gold Standard Detailed Content $400

 

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9 replies
  1. Jasleen Kaur
    Jasleen Kaur says:

    Hi,
    Im a student and trying to get on the videos page via your link for the offer of one week. For some reason, i can’t get on your page. its saying “failed to open page”. please help me!

    Thank you

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    • Kip
      Kip says:

      Hey Jasleen,

      Sorry for any issues that you are having with the website! From time to time something happens, but the site will always come back up if it is temporarily down. Are you still having issues? E-mail me if so. Thanks!

      Kip

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  2. Nikoll
    Nikoll says:

    I took the Kaplan course and got a low score unfortunately the second time around I took too long due to being scared and my course expired. I really don’t want to pay 600 for 3 more months especially because I took extensive notes, have the flash cards and also both the books. However, my test is May 28th and don’t have a set plan. I also have the destroyer books and the crack DAT PAT but need a source for practice tests as well as section tests that will be harder than the actual test …Can you please help shed some light on a not so expensive but correct path towards a high score. Thanks so much

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    • Kip
      Kip says:

      Hey Nikoll,

      It sounds like you have a pretty good game plan on how to approach it this time. DAT Destroyer is a good source of practice questions that are harder than the actual DAT, I think those will help you quite a bit in preparing you for it. I think Crack DAT PAT is another good choice for PAT and you should definitely be prepared for it by taking all of their tests and using their materials. If you need some good review material for Chemistry then look at Chad’s Videos. For a quick reference Biology review guide try CliffsNotes. For inexpensive practice tests then look at TopScore Pro. They are good practice tests that are fairly similar to the actual DAT. Some of the sections are slightly easier than the actual DAT, but it is a good representation of it. I’m about to post some information on DAT Cracker which is another test software like TopScore Pro and is a good representation of it as well. It should be up in about a week so check back for it, because I’ll be offering an exclusive discount with it so you can save some money on it. There’s also DAT Bootcamp which I’m working on getting something set up with them in the future. Hope that helps, e-mail me if you have any more questions!

      Kip

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  3. Sucheta
    Sucheta says:

    Hello! I am planning on taking the DAT for my recent interest in Dentistry. I actually was pre-pharmacy until now. I’ve taken the PCAT and scored relatively well. How will that help me on my DAT? I am audio learner and what materials would help me achieve my best possible score on the DAT. I am new to this, so I need a lot of help on where to begin without spending a ton of money. I graduated in December 2014 with my Bachelor’s in Biology so that background will also help me. Also, I feel that DAT PAT will be the most challenging for me, what can I do to master it? Where can I get used/cheap destroyer books, kaplan books, and etc? I have not scheduled my DAT because I want to be 100% sure on my plan, and goal before I began. I would love your input. Thank you, in advance!!

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    • Kip
      Kip says:

      Hi Sucheta,

      That is good you already have some experience with a graduate level entry exam so I’m sure you can take a lot of your knowledge and experience into the DAT and do well on it. I am not very familiar with the PCAT, but I believe it has Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Reasoning like the DAT. The only section new to you will be the PAT section. Read over my post about the Dental Admission Test to get a better idea about the DAT. Those science topics on the DAT will probably be a little more broad, more so in Biology, then they were on the PCAT, but it should be easier for you to start studying for the DAT and prepare for it.

      Since you have a good basis from your pre-pharm background you could just get one comprehensive course like Kaplan that will have everything you need, but it’s not cheap. I would look at the On Demand course if you do consider it. The best PAT materials are Crack the DAT in my opinion, but it isn’t cheap either. Check out the Crack DAT PAT options on the page though, because they are great materials that could definitely help you do well on the PAT. Those two sources would be everything you need I think with your background, but it’ll cost you around $1,500 for all that. If you felt like you needed some help with the Chemistry sections then throw in Chad’s Videos.

      If you want to try and stay as cheap as possibly, but have audio review materials then consider Chad’s Videos for your Chemistry, some of Biology, and Math subjects. Also, you can look at J Co Review which covers the sciences and the PAT portion of the DAT. A cheap Biology review guide like CliffsNotes would probably be good for you with your Biology background, it’ll cover things you need to know without going in to a ton of detail since you already have a strong background in it. You could consider DAT Cracker or TopScore Pro for practice tests, both of those are cheaper. Those are some of the cheaper review materials available yet still good resources to use.

      If you are looking to try and find some used review books then look on Student Doctor and search under the classifieds. Good luck with everything and e-mail me if you have more questions!

      Kip

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  4. Carla Lapino
    Carla Lapino says:

    I just too my DAT….. scored over 23 in all sciences…..I used Kaplan, DAT DESTROYER, CHADS videos……..Good luck

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  5. Omarie
    Omarie says:

    Hey, I’m trying to get the discount for Chad’s Videos but for some reason when I’m going to checkout the discount is not working. What can I do?

    Reply
    • Kip Nielsen
      Kip Nielsen says:

      Hi,

      The discount for Course Saver is only available for first-time users that have just signed up on Course Saver. You can read through the comments on my website that discuss the discount and issues that people have had to try and resolve it or contact Course Saver and let them know. I only provide the discount, if there’s issues on it with Course Saver’s website then I would address that issue with them. Thanks!

      Kip

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