Thursday, June 25, 2009
Last weekend Josh and I went to Strawberry Days up in Pleasant Grove. It's a big festival of rodeos, crafts, carnival rides...and strawberries. We leisurely wandered around the craft fair and the carnival rides. Nothing really caught our attention but it was a fun place to take pictures. Once we were out of "meander"-thal mode we went to the Purple Turtle to grab a bite to eat. I've been dying to go to the Purple Turtle since we moved out here two years ago. When I was six years old, growing up in Orem, I thought it was the coolest place to eat. I guess it still is since it was packed when we got there. We thoroughly enjoyed our shakes and tater tots.
It was a happy date.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Enough about me. I would like to introduce everyone to the DAT.
The DAT consists of 4 sections all of which are taken on a computer. The first section is the survey of natural sciences. You are given 90 minutes to complete 100 questions: 40 biology, 30 general/inorganic chemistry, and 30 organic chemistry. Then, as soon as your time runs out or you finish all of the questions the test moves straight into the Perceptual Ability section. This section is lovingly referred to as the PAT (now that I write it out I am not sure why the “T” is necessary). In this section there are 90 questions in 60 minutes. This section of the test is broken down into different sections as well. There are 6 different types of questions, all of which test how you can visualize 3D images that are given in 2 dimensions. For example, one of the sections shows you a folded paper with holes punched in it that you have to tell where all the holes are going to be in the unfolded paper. After the PAT section you are given an optional 15 minute break. When the 15 minutes are up, the reading comprehension section starts. This section consists of 50 questions over 3 scientific or other technical articles and you are given 60 minutes (my articles were on secondary cascade processes specifically cAMP and G proteins, Pianos, and aspirin and its effects on the body). The last section is the quantitative reasoning section where you have 45 minutes to complete 40 algebra, geometry and other word problems without a calculator (needless to say, I had to relearn how to do long division). The DAT is scored out of 30. All of the questions on any DAT are drawn from question banks. After each test is compiled the test makers go through the test and rank it as easy, medium, or hard. To get a 30 on the DAT one would have to get a perfect score on a hard exam. Dental schools look at the total academic average scores and the PAT score. For the Medical College of Georgia, the dental school I really want to go to, the average of the accepted students is 19 for both academic average and PAT. On Saturday I earned an academic average of 19 and a PAT score of 21. So that puts me at average and above average of the accepted students.
I am very happy with these scores and feel very blessed. I know that I had divine help, I felt the many prayers that all of my friends and family offered for me. Thank you everyone for your prayers and support.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
To help him get ready for the test, I posed my own test questions for him. Here are a few examples:
C: True or False? Some enzymes and a catalyst thing and a little photosynthesis....True or False?
C: Correct! You're brilliant!
C: Question. What happens with some mitochondria and proteins and quantitative reasoning?
C- Josh is the most handsome boy in the world?
J: Ummm...I think C.
C: You're a genius!!!!