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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.

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DAT Crash Courses
DAT Crash Courses
October 3, 2022
DAT Bootcamp Organic Chemistry Anki Deck
DAT Bootcamp Organic Chemistry Anki Deck
This Anki deck is based on the DAT Bootcamp Organic Chemistry Reaction Cheat Sheet. Download the deck to practice memorizing the OC reactions the DAT will test you on.
October 1, 2022
How to Prepare for the DAT (2022)
How to Prepare for the DAT (2022)
In this DAT Study Guide I’m going to teach you everything you need to know to ace the DAT. It’ll take you from zero to DAT hero.
October 1, 2022
What is a good DAT score?
What is a good DAT score?
The average score for acceptance is around 20 AA. This is just an average though, a quick look at the ADEA Guide to Dental Schools shows that students get accepted with lower scores as well! 
October 1, 2022
When Should I Start Studying for the DAT?
When Should I Start Studying for the DAT?
The majority of students study for the DAT while enrolled in classes, in the summer between junior and senior year. They start studying around April and take the test in the summer, around June through August. It's challenging, but it isn't anything harder than what you're going to do in dental school, consider it a test run!
October 1, 2022
Common Traps on the DAT Reading Comprehension Section
Common Traps on the DAT Reading Comprehension Section
There are three "traps" that can distract you from getting the correct answer in the DAT Reading Comprehension section. We talk about each trap in this article so that you can avoid them on test day.
October 1, 2022
How is the DAT Scored?
How is the DAT Scored?
In this article, we discuss how the ADA scores the DAT and what you can do to improve your score for test day.
October 1, 2022
How does DAT Bootcamp Calculate Estimated Scores?
How does DAT Bootcamp Calculate Estimated Scores?
Many students have asked us how we score our practice tests on DAT Bootcamp. We answer those questions by talking about our scoring system and what the next steps are to prepare for your DAT.
October 1, 2022
How to Accurately Predict Your Score on the DAT
How to Accurately Predict Your Score on the DAT
What is the best way to predict my score for the DAT? We address what a student can do to get the best score estimates for his or her DAT.
October 1, 2022
What Makes a Great Personal Statement? (Part 3 of 3)
What Makes a Great Personal Statement? (Part 3 of 3)
There are many factors that can make a good personal statement great. In this 3-part article series, we go over the ten steps necessary to evaluate a personal statement.
October 1, 2022
What Makes a Great Personal Statement? (Part 2 of 3)
What Makes a Great Personal Statement? (Part 2 of 3)
There are many factors that can make a good personal statement great. In this 3-part article series, we go over the ten steps necessary to evaluate a personal statement.
October 1, 2022
What Makes a Great Personal Statement? (Part 1 of 3)
What Makes a Great Personal Statement? (Part 1 of 3)
There are many factors that can make a good personal statement great. In this 3-part article series, we go over the ten steps necessary to evaluate a personal statement.
October 1, 2022
How to Improve your Estimated DAT Score
How to Improve your Estimated DAT Score
You just recently took your first practice test and want to know what you can do to improve your score. In this article, we talk about the one secret to raising your score for future tests and on exam day.
October 1, 2022
3 Reasons Why You Need to Use DAT Practice Tests
3 Reasons Why You Need to Use DAT Practice Tests
Everyone knows taking practice tests is important before your exam day--here are three key reasons why you need to use practice tests to prepare for the DAT!
October 1, 2022
[2022] OAT Bootcamp Content Updates
[2022] OAT Bootcamp Content Updates
Check out the latest updates we've made at OAT Bootcamp.
October 1, 2022
[2022] DAT Bootcamp Content Updates
[2022] DAT Bootcamp Content Updates
Check out the latest updates we've made at DAT Bootcamp.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 2022
What to Do the Day Before the DAT
What to Do the Day Before 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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?
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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. 
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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!
October 1, 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.
October 1, 2022
What's a good OAT score?
What's a good OAT score?
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.
October 1, 2022
How is the OAT scored?
How is the OAT scored?
Each subject is scored on a standardized scale from 200 to 400 points. A score of 300 equates to the 50th percentile in that section. A good OAT score for acceptance is around 320, but students with lower scores also get accepted all the time!
October 1, 2022
QR Formulas Cheat Sheet
QR Formulas Cheat Sheet
Here is a comprehensive list of definitions to start off your Quantitative Reasoning studies.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 2022
DAT Organic Chemistry Reaction Cheat Sheet
DAT Organic Chemistry Reaction Cheat 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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).
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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?
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 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.
October 1, 2022
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