DAT Strategy Session

Natural Sciences

Strategy: Intelligent Guessing

So it's not what you want to hear. But in order to do well on the Survey of Natural Sciences, you really need to know the key concepts in biology, general chemistry, and organic chem—you won't just be able to walk into the test and wing it.

That said, there are some easy steps you should take to maximize your score on the DAT. First of all, when in doubt, guess. Every question is worth the same amount, and there is no penalty for guessing. So you should always answer every question, whether you've actually gotten to that question or not. Never let time run out without answering every question.

By the same token, if you find yourself spending too much time on one question, you can submit a tentative answer and then take advantage of the "Mark" feature on the computer. This will allow you to easily review these questions if you have extra time once you've completed the rest of your answers.

Want more DAT strategies?

Register for a free DAT practice event.