Choosing 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.
|DAT Prep Courses|
|WEBSITE||CourseSaver||Kaplan DAT||DatQvault||Princeton Review DAT||Gold Standard DAT|
|30 Days||120 Days||100 Days||120 Days||210 Days|
|Waxing Course &
NBDE Review Courses
|N/A||Textbooks & PAT Manipulatives||Textbooks, DVD’s,
MP3’s & Flashcards
Course Saver (Rank: #1)
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.
Kaplan DAT (Rank: #2)
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.
DatQvault (Rank: #3)
Exam-Identical Software: DatQvault practice exams and simulations are presented in the same computerized format you will see on your test day including the proper time limits, break policies, and rules for moving through the exam content. The practice tests are challenging and are of very similar difficulty level to the actual DAT. They are some of the best practice tests out there on the market.
Study Aids: DatQvault offers excellent study aids for the Biology section of the DAT which will be very beneficial in understanding the material and scoring higher on the actual DAT. They also have some other useful study aids that will be helpful to you.
Score Breakdown: Following each practice test you will receive a breakdown of your scores in every topic on the DAT and an estimated exam score. These detailed analytics will help you to identify which subjects are your strengths and weaknesses and will also show you where you stand against your peers that have taken the test.
No Audio or Video Lectures: DatQvault doesn’t have some of the bells and whistles that the other review courses have like audio and video lectures or physical textbooks. The practice tests and study aids won’t be comprehensive enough to serve as the primary study material so additional review materials are necessary.
The Princeton Review DAT (Rank: #4)
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.
Gold Standard DAT (Rank: #5)
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.