How to Study For The DAT in 1 Month?

To succeed in your exams, it is always recommended to begin early so that you have plenty of time to study and review your exam materials. A good strategy for preparing for the DAT is to start early. In some cases, unavoidable circumstances can prevent you from starting your exam preparation early. A few weeks before, you realize you have an important exam but not enough time to revise comfortably.

Female student studying with laptop. Clock, stack of books, note board, papers. Time management concept. Vector illustration for topics like education, training, development

It's essential to make the most of the time in these situations. However, organizing your study schedule can be an overwhelming task. This article exists for this reason and will explain step-by-step how to take the DAT exam in one month.

Table of Contents

Is it Possible to Study for DAT in 1 Month?

While studying for the DAT in one month is a challenging task, if you already have a strong background in science and mathematics and are willing to devote a significant amount of time to studying each week, this week-by-week study plan may help you earn the score you need. Having your study materials in hand will help you to get started.

The limited time you have will make it difficult for you to memorize all the facts you may need for the test or master topics that have been difficult for you recently. The best strategy is to complete a comprehensive overview of the test content so you can easily pick up more straightforward points from each section. Please do not ignore your strengths completely, but do not let yourself become solely focused on them, either. It may be easier to review content that is new to you, but you won't earn as many points as reviewing content that you have mastered but haven't studied for some time.

Here is a study plan you can use as a guide.

DAT Study Schedule for Week 1

  • To familiarize yourself with the DAT and establish your baseline performance, begin by taking a practice test or question set that covers all of its topics. The ADA's Sample Test Items for the DAT are helpful for this purpose.
  • Determine which content areas need to be worked on based on your initial test results. The study plan below should be adjusted accordingly. A student who did well on all molecular biology questions might study those topics briefly and devote more time to anatomy and physiology, a subject they did not do so well on.
  • Plan to study at least three hours daily, six days a week, by filling in your calendar with study blocks. You should take one day off per week from studying to recharge.
  • The following week, spend one full day on each of the following topics: Perceptual Ability, Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Quantitative Reasoning.
    • Be familiar with the rules and strategies for each subtest in the PAT.
    • Bio: cell and molecular biology
    • In General Chemistry, you will study atomic and molecular structure, periodic trends, and stoichiometry. Quant strategies can also be practiced using stoichiometry questions.
    • Organic chemistry: nomenclature, stereochemistry, aromaticity, and bonding
    • Quantitative reasoning: numerical calculations, algebra, and conversions

DAT Study Schedule for Week 2

  • Make sure you provide one full day of attention a week to each of the subjects: Reading Comprehension, Perceptual Ability, Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry.
    • Reading Comp: Learn how to approach the passages effectively and practice using your strategies.
    • PAT: Find ways to enhance your speed and accuracy across all subtests by practicing
    • Bio: anatomy and physiology and developmental biology. You will only be tested on A&P in less than 25% of your Biology questions, so don't worry if you aren't familiar with it.
    • General Chemistry: equilibrium, thermodynamics, kinetics, liquids and solids, and gases
    • Orgo: properties of molecules and reaction mechanisms

Make sure you take one full-length practice test at the end of the week. It is recommended that you take the test in a library or similar location that presents test-like conditions, such as no snacks or beverages during the test except during breaks, no music, a quiet but not silent environment, and a long testing period.

DAT Study Schedule for Week 3

  • Take a look at your practice test again, review each question, and modify your study plan in light of the results. Examine Reading Comprehension in-depth and reread passages to determine what information is essential and what isn't.
  • Take one full day this week to cover PAT, Biology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry.
    • PAT: Ensure that you practice regularly to improve your speed and accuracy on all subtests
    • Bio: genetics; evolution, ecology, and behavior; and diversity of life
    • Gen Chem: solutions, redox reaction, acids and bases, and nuclear reactions
    • Orgo: reactions (including multi-step reactions)

Make sure you complete a second full-length practice test by the end of this week. Ensure you know where to park, which room your test will be in, and how to reach the testing center by traveling to it first. You will feel less stressed on Test Day if these logistics are taken care of in advance, and you avoid being late.

DAT Study Schedule for Week 4

  • Ensure that you review your practice test, take a closer look at each question, and modify your study plan based on the results. Spend extra time reviewing Reading Comprehension and re-reading the passages to determine what information you need and what you do not.
  • Take one whole day to practice quantitative reasoning this week.
    • Quantitative: geometry, trigonometry, probability, and statistics

Take advantage of the remaining three days to review content areas that were your most incredible opportunities on your last test. Attempting to learn a topic that you have not truly mastered is usually not a good idea. Consider spending a little more time mastering the materials you struggled with the first time.

You should take the day before the test off completely; your brain needs a rest before the marathon of testing that lies ahead! Prepare yourself physically and mentally for Test Day by eating healthy, balanced meals and getting a whole night's sleep. it would be best to wake up early on the test day to give your brain enough time to prepare. Ensure you eat breakfast before you leave to give your brain the fuel it needs to stay focused and alert.

How To Prepare For the DAT

The following points will assist you in setting up a study schedule tailored to your specific requirements.

#1 Be dedicated to your preparation as if it was your full-time job

It is recommended that you put in around 40 hours of studying per week, but if you cannot do so much, then you should do what you can. On some days, you might feel like you need more time, so you allocate more hours to your work, and on other days, you may only have 8 hours to dedicate to your work.

Make sure you do not interrupt your studies mid-way through by taking a multi-day break. There will be more digressions than you anticipate, and getting back into a regular study routine will be difficult.

#2 Evaluate your strengths and weaknesses

Adapt your study routine and duration accordingly. Consider skimming material you are already familiar with and studying material you are unfamiliar with. If you do not possess a strong science background, extend your schedule to eight or more weeks and spend more time learning science-related subjects. Put more effort into your weak areas, and spend less time on your strong areas.

#3 Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many prep materials

The DAT and board exams are very challenging to prepare for, and many pre-dental and dental students have attempted to prepare for them with every piece of preparation material available. This will result in you stretching yourself too thin, and you will not be able to perform to your full potential. Don't overload yourself with study resources; try to stick to three or fewer that best fit your needs.

#4 Choosing the right study materials is important

Take the time to learn about all the available learning resources and choose the ones that will suit your needs and learning style.

#5 Study a wide variety of topics instead of focusing solely on one

Usually, students want to focus on a specific subject for a while and then move on to another subject once they have finished the first one. As a result of this, when they took practice tests on topics they were not studying anymore, their scores drastically dropped. The best way to keep things fresh and make sure you remain engaged is to study a variety of topics every day.

#6 Do lots of practice questions and tests/quizzes!

A good score is crucial to your success. Practicing questions every single day is an essential part of your daily routine. It is imperative that you practice questions in your studies so that you can learn as much as possible! It's not the scores on your practice tests that matter most. Your practice tests are all about learning from your mistakes. The importance of your score will only be realized once you have taken the DAT.

Each time you answer a question incorrectly, it is essential to determine why you answered the question incorrectly and learn from your mistakes. When taking a test, note the areas in which you struggled and study those areas in greater depth. It is a good idea to look up the information, take notes, and transform that weakness into a strength.

#7 Take good care of yourself!

Maintain a healthy lifestyle while studying for the DAT. Stay active, exercise, socialize, eat well, and sleep enough. Putting your life on hold or sacrificing it is not necessary. Resting your brain and body is equally important, so make the most of your evening and weekend time by relaxing and resting. Health plays a big role in your DAT score.


Using this plan, you should be in good shape on Test Day. Change your test date if you aren't feeling prepared for your tests after 30 days or if you aren't scoring well on your practice tests so that your DAT transcript doesn't include a less-than-ideal score. A little delay is better than not doing well and having to retest in the end.

To succeed on exam day, you must prepare smartly! With DatPrep, you will be able to study smarter and not harder. To make sure you get the best online test experience, we provide free practice test questions and DAT practice tests. Don't miss out on the great resources we have to offer by signing up today!

Posted In: