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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Cliffs Notes; 1 edition (Feb. 16 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471785938
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471785934
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #316,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Yana on Oct. 27 2013
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the cd with the test trials that came with the book was broken and I am unable to use it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
eh March 24 2007
By Marie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Well. This book is purely practice questions. After I finished reviewing/learning everything out of Kaplan, I used this book to get me used to the question types that you have on the DAT. So it's good for that. I have the attitude of the more pratice questions the better. There are some really annoying things about it though. First off, there's a ton of mistakes. When I read that on other reviews (people finding mistakes) I thought to myself, how could you really know? But you can. Oh, and the three practice tests on cd? It's a crock. They might as well be in the damn book. The program window looks exactly like the book, bright yellow with black stripes and is completely distracting. Even more importantly, the cd doesn't time you, you can't take a whole test, it doesn't keep track of the ones you missed, and it tells you the right answer after every single question. So in no way is it like the real test. You can only use the cd to practice questions. Also the math "tests" were way too easy. and the reading isn't accurate to the real DAT because instead of three big articles they give like 8 little readings with 7 questions each.

So basically, I found it to be helpful, but out of everything (Kaplan, Topscore), it was the least helpful.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fair May 21 2007
By Janet Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is not cliff notes as in quick review. It is mostly questions on information you must already have. In order to review questions you will need other sources to look up information.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not comprehensive enough for a thorough review Dec 26 2007
By jtsai256 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The main issue I have with this book is that the problems in this book seem much too easy as compared to those found in other review books and in the actual DAT test. Further, if you want some good practice with Organic Chemistry, look elsewhere; this book only has a "Chemistry" section with some questions devoted to Organic Chemistry.

The only redeeming feature is the PAT section, since it provides you with more practice on various shapes for TFE and patterns for Folding.

Overall, I feel this book can only at best serve as a supplementary to more comprehensive review books. Perhaps this book can be used to pinpoint basic ideas in Biology, Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry that you are weak in, but do not expect the book to be challenging.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Some good practice tests, but dissapointing accuracy March 8 2007
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After studying for the DAT for a few months, I finally picked up the Cliff's book. It has some good things, but suffers from too many problems for me to really recommend it.

The Good:

The book comes with three practice tests, two in the book, and one more on its CD-ROM. Since more practice is better, this system exceeds the Kaplan DAT book's 2 tests. Also, many of the science questions have detailed explanations of the answers, something that is quite helpful when you get a question wrong. The test questions are less difficult than the KAPLAN or TopScore practice tests, and more in-line with the level of difficulty on the actual DAT. A good confidence booster, though I also appreciate the more difficult questions.

The Bad:

The format of the book's actual text is definitely just a review of the science topics in the DAT. If you needed to learn some topics instead of reviewing them, this book would be a disappointment.

The single biggest problem with this book is the inaccuracies in its practice tests. Some answers are just plain wrong, some questions have one answer duplicated in the possible answers, and some questions give the wrong answer, but then explain the right answer in the explanation section. When I went through the practice science tests I found 6 mistakes, and I'm by no means an expert. Granted, looking up the mistakes to confirm that they were mistakes cemented the concepts in my brain, but they could be quite misleading.

The Bottom Line:

If the publisher released a subsequent edition that fixed the books inaccuracies, it would be an excellent resource to get more practice before the actual DAT. However, even with those inaccuracies fixed, its review section would not be as effective as the Kaplan DAT book. In addition, it's MSRP seems a bit high for a thin, flimsy book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Don't Waste Your Money June 11 2007
By S. Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm not sure who wrote this but the natural science section had many errors. As a biology major I was appaled at some of the answers given for the science questions - they were flat out wrong. The only value I think this book has is the PAT examples and discussion for solving them quickly.

The practice test is a joke! It tells you the answer after each question and doesn't have the same workspace as you will have on the test. Due to the errors in the science section I don't even trust this book to study the other sections.

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