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My name is Dr. Ari Rezaei. My team and I built Bootcamp.com to provide challenging prep material to get you ready to conquer your classes and exams. I graduated from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

Latest posts by this educator
[2022] OAT Bootcamp Content Updates
[2022] OAT Bootcamp Content Updates
Check out the latest updates we've made at OAT Bootcamp.
April 18, 2022
[2022] DAT Bootcamp Content Updates
[2022] DAT Bootcamp Content Updates
Check out the latest updates we've made at DAT Bootcamp.
April 18, 2022
How to Use the Tagging System on Bootcamp
How to Use the Tagging System on Bootcamp
Bootcamp.com uses a unique tagging system where you rate how well you understand a question during review. Learn how to use it to its full potential.
April 12, 2022
Must Know Genetic Technologies for the DAT
Must Know Genetic Technologies for the DAT
Genetics makes up a large portion of the biology section on the DAT. Here is a list of genetic technologies you should definitely know for the DAT.
February 1, 2022
NEW Anatomy Bootcamp website and mobile app
NEW Anatomy Bootcamp website and mobile app
We’ve created a brand new website and mobile app that makes studying for anatomy even easier.
February 2, 2022
DAT Bootcamp Biology Anki Decks
DAT Bootcamp Biology Anki Decks
Many students are using Anki as a replacement for traditional flashcards. Anki utilizes spaced repetition to encourage more frequent active recall, helping cement information.
January 24, 2022
General Chemistry Lab Techniques Cheatsheet
General Chemistry Lab Techniques Cheatsheet
Gen Chem lab can be a confusing place. This post will explain the basic techniques, equipment, and safety information you need to know.
January 24, 2022
Chromosome and Chromatid Numbers during Mitosis and Meiosis
Chromosome and Chromatid Numbers during Mitosis and Meiosis
A topic in biology that many students find challenging (and is known to appear on the DAT) is the number of chromosomes and chromatids present during the various stages of meiosis and mitosis in eukaryotes.
February 9, 2022
Should I Use the High-Yield Bio Notes, Bio Academy, or Bio Videos?
Should I Use the High-Yield Bio Notes, Bio Academy, or Bio Videos?
Bootcamp has several ways to study biology, depending on how you learn best. I’ll explain the differences so you can choose the study method that works best for you.
January 19, 2022
What to Expect on the Day of the DAT
What to Expect on the Day of the DAT
The day of the DAT can be a stressful time, but it’s important to remain confident in your preparation. Knowing exactly what to expect the day you arrive can help ease a lot of the anxiety that comes with taking such a big test.
January 16, 2022
Official DAT Practice Test Explanations
Official DAT Practice Test Explanations
We took it upon ourselves to provide you with the best solutions to help you get ready for test day. After you go through the Official DAT practice test, you can check our explanations to understand the concepts behind the DAT practice questions.
March 21, 2022
When Am I Ready To Take The DAT?
When Am I Ready To Take The DAT?
So how do you tell when it is time to take the DAT? There are two ways you can go about it: qualitatively and quantitatively. Both of them work and have their own advantages.
January 15, 2022
My Review of the Official ADA DAT Practice Test - Is it Worth it?
My Review of the Official ADA DAT Practice Test - Is it Worth it?
The ADA offers an official online DAT practice test sold through the Prometric testing site. Is it worth it?
January 15, 2022
How To Study Effectively Using DAT Practice Tests
How To Study Effectively Using DAT Practice Tests
It’s pretty simple: how you study will determine how high you score on the DAT. In this strategy lesson, I break down a critical study method “A” students use when taking DAT practice tests.
January 15, 2022
How to Use Full Length Test Simulations on DAT Bootcamp
How to Use Full Length Test Simulations on DAT Bootcamp
In the study schedule, I recommend you complete tests 1-5 as individual practice tests (ex. Biology test 1) and use tests 6-10 as full length tests. 
January 15, 2022
2022 BIG UPDATE - NEW DAT Bootcamp website, mobile app, and more
2022 BIG UPDATE - NEW DAT Bootcamp website, mobile app, and more
We’ve created a brand new website and mobile app that makes studying for the DAT even easier. Learn how to transfer your DATBootcamp.com account over to the new site.
February 8, 2022
2022 DAT Biology Test Updates
2022 DAT Biology Test Updates
DAT Bootcamp has been updated for the 2022 DAT Bio changes. We’ve done the research for you to find the highest-yield information on the new topics and what comes up most often in the DAT exams.
February 23, 2022
Bootcamp.com's Must Know Bacteria for the INBDE
Bootcamp.com's Must Know Bacteria for the INBDE
The dental boards frequently test on specific bacteria found in the oral cavity. This table is designed to be a high-yield list that will allow you to focus on the most important and frequently tested ones.
April 19, 2022
Pomodoro Technique - The Secret to Beating Procrastination
Pomodoro Technique - The Secret to Beating Procrastination
Here are some practical tips to beat procrastination, something that I can be too familiar with at times.
January 12, 2022
What should I do after getting a low score on my first practice test?
What should I do after getting a low score on my first practice test?
You’ve just completed your first practice test and you didn’t score exactly what you were hoping to. You’re currently feeling a bit discouraged, after having weeks of intense studying, and are unsure what you should do next.
January 12, 2022
“There’s just so much Bio material! How do I get through it all?”
“There’s just so much Bio material! How do I get through it all?”
One of the most frequently asked questions we get at Bootcamp is how to better prepare for the Biology Section. Here are some tips that can help you get the most out of your study.
January 13, 2022
INBDE Bootcamp Coupon, Promo Codes & Discounts
INBDE Bootcamp Coupon, Promo Codes & Discounts
If you're interested in upgrading your membership on INBDE Bootcamp, and have classmates that are also preparing for the INBDE, ask us about group discounts! Groups can usually secure special group discounts on the INBDE Bootcamp Pro and Plus package, even when no other discounts are being offered.
January 12, 2022
OAT Bootcamp Coupon, Promo Codes & Discounts
OAT Bootcamp Coupon, Promo Codes & Discounts
If you’re a member of a pre-optometry club or society, check with one of your officers to see if you have a discount already set up for your school.
January 12, 2022
Where Do I Register to Take the OAT?
Where Do I Register to Take the OAT?
Be sure to follow the steps exactly as specified on the ADA’s website when you register for OAT.
January 12, 2022
Are Certain OAT Test Dates Better Than Others?
Are Certain OAT Test Dates Better Than Others?
OAT test dates are offered year-round through the Prometric test centers, but I recommend registering early – seats tend to fill up quickly and it’s common for the next available seat to be up to 2 months away!
January 12, 2022
How Long is the OAT Test?
How Long is the OAT Test?
The OAT consists of 4 sections: Survey of Natural Sciences, Perceptual Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Reasoning. The test will take you just about 5 hours to complete.
January 12, 2022
How Good Do My OAT Scores Need Be?
How Good Do My OAT Scores Need Be?
The average AA for acceptance across all optometry schools is approximately a 320. This is just an average though – you can certainly get accepted with lower OAT scores depending on the strength of the rest of your application and where you apply.
January 12, 2022
How is the OAT scored?
How is the OAT scored?
Each subject is scored on a standardized scale out of 400 points. A score of 300 equates to the 50th percentile in that section. There are no deductions for incorrect answers. Thus, you should always fill out every answer option – it doesn’t hurt you to guess!
January 12, 2022
QR Formulas Cheat Sheet
QR Formulas Cheat Sheet
Here is a comprehensive list of definitions to start off your Quantitative Reasoning studies.
January 12, 2022
Boost Your QR Score by Correctly Using the “Mark” Feature
Boost Your QR Score by Correctly Using the “Mark” Feature
There are 40 questions in the quantitative reasoning section of the DAT, all with varying difficulty. You will most likely react to each question in one of three ways.
January 12, 2022
Organic Chemistry Lab Tests
Organic Chemistry Lab Tests
Occasionally, on the DAT organic chemistry section, you’ll be asked about one of the chemical lab tests you likely used in your lab sections to identify the functional groups in a molecule.
January 12, 2022
Organic Chemistry Lab Techniques
Organic Chemistry Lab Techniques
Below is a cheat sheet you can use to study organic chemistry lab techniques tested on the DAT.
January 12, 2022
Organic Chemistry Reaction Summary Sheet
Organic Chemistry Reaction Summary Sheet
A major part of the DAT organic chemistry section is knowing your reactions. I have constructed the following reaction sheet to expose you to every reaction that could possibly show up on the DAT.
January 12, 2022
How to Easily Distinguish Ortho, Meta, and Para Directors in EAS Reactions
How to Easily Distinguish Ortho, Meta, and Para Directors in EAS Reactions
Now we need to focus on benzene substituents and how they affect the location of subsequent additions. Here’s a list of the ones you would most likely see.
January 12, 2022
Six EAS Reactions You Should Know for the DAT
Six EAS Reactions You Should Know for the DAT
In an Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution (EAS) reaction, the benzene ring acts as a nucleophile that attacks an electrophile. The reaction mechanism below outlines the flow of electrons that occurs during all EAS reactions.
January 12, 2022
Do I Need to Know Mechanisms for DAT Organic Chemistry?
Do I Need to Know Mechanisms for DAT Organic Chemistry?
One of the toughest parts of organic chemistry is understanding the mechanisms behind reactions. Immediately, many pre-dental students want to know if they have to go through the same torture as they did in their college organic chemistry classes to memorize these complex reactions.
January 12, 2022
General Chemistry Equation Sheet
General Chemistry Equation Sheet
Here is a list of formulas you need to know for the DAT General Chemistry section. Feel free to print it out and use it when necessary. However, remember that you have to memorize these formulas and this cheat sheet will not be available on the real DAT.
January 12, 2022
Intermolecular Forces Explained
Intermolecular Forces Explained
Here’s a general chemistry concept that frequently appears on the DAT. We’re talking about intermolecular forces, not to be confused with intRAmolecular forces, which bind the atoms within a single particle (i.e. covalent bonds, metallic bonds, ionic bonds).
January 24, 2022
What Types of Questions are on the DAT General Chemistry Section?
What Types of Questions are on the DAT General Chemistry Section?
This is an important issue to address, because I feel a lot of study materials for the DAT sway pre-dental students in the wrong direction.
January 12, 2022
Common Ions You Need to Know
Common Ions You Need to Know
The DAT general chemistry section expects you to be fluent in chemical compounds. For example, do you know the formula for chromate?
January 13, 2022
How the Highlighting and Cross Out Features Work on the DAT
How the Highlighting and Cross Out Features Work on the DAT
There are two important features the DAT has that you can use to improve your score.
January 13, 2022
BYU4you Balanced RC Strategy
BYU4you Balanced RC Strategy
This is a new strategy that attempts to take the best from all the other strategies and reading techniques. BYU4you, a pre-dental student, was scoring around 19-20 on DAT Bootcamp’s RC section, and used this method to score a 28 on the real RC section.
January 12, 2022
Vicviper Reading Comprehension Strategy
Vicviper Reading Comprehension Strategy
This is a popular method a pre-dental student used to score a 30 on the RC section of the DAT. It is a version of the search and destroy method.
January 24, 2022
Vanilla Method for DAT Reading Comprehension
Vanilla Method for DAT Reading Comprehension
This is the method I used on the DAT reading section because it’s what made me feel most comfortable. It’s a very simple method. I would read the passage in full and then answer the questions in order.
January 12, 2022
Search & Destroy Guide for DAT Reading Comprehension
Search & Destroy Guide for DAT Reading Comprehension
Search and Destroy (or S&D) is a method used on the reading comprehension section of the DAT. In brief, the method is to skip reading the passage and to just go straight to the questions.
January 12, 2022
Important Words to Recognize on the DAT and OAT Reading Section
Important Words to Recognize on the DAT and OAT Reading Section
Often times on DAT and OAT reading passages, certain words and phrases will be used to convey the structure of the passage.
January 12, 2022
Digestive Enzymes – An Overview
Digestive Enzymes – An Overview
Digestive enzymes is a topic frequently tested on the Biology section of the DAT and OAT. Knowing the function of key enzymes, where they are produced, and how they are regulated will translate to easy points come test day.
January 12, 2022
Biology Mnemonics To Know For the DAT and OAT
Biology Mnemonics To Know For the DAT and OAT
Mnemonics are a great tool to memorizing large amounts of information quickly. Here are a couple I used to answer some questions on the DAT and OAT.
January 12, 2022
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