The DAT Prep Erasable Noteboard (AKA notepad booklet, or scratch pad, or scratch paper) by DAT-prep.com provides a simulation of the real exam notepad; it is NOT a replica.
The current scratch paper includes two laminated 8.5" x 11" sheets. The laminated sheets are not attached to each other and you are able to use both sides. The rest of the sheet includes a grid box. Like graphing paper, the grid box is composed of 1 cm x 1 cm small squares. This is great for grid method hole punch, QR graph problems, and much more! The top 25% of the sheets are covered in instructions.
This DAT Prep Notepad product is in line with the preceding guidelines and the 2 markers included with this notepad represent the current brand being used for the real exam: Staedtler Lumocolor with fine point (black), non-permanent marker which is made in Germany. The latter is occasionally referred to as a "wet-erase pen".
This product does not contain any practice questions. You should use this product in conjunction with DAT practice tests (available separately from many sources) under timed conditions to better simulate your upcoming real test day.
Now you will have this extra tool for the purpose of your mock exam simulations. Good luck!
For longer product use: Do not drench or soak the notepad in water. Too much water can seep in between the lamination and cause permanent damage to the notepad. Consider cleaning with a lightly moistened paper towel with or without a multipurpose cleaner such as Windex®. Please keep the cap on the marker when not in use to avoid premature drying out and leaking. If your marker seems to have dried out prematurely, try writing on paper for a minute and the ink will normally start to flow again.
Prometric switched to yellow paper and normal pens during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students were provided with normal black BIC pens and a packet of two sheets of yellow blank paper. The laminated notepad booklet started to be used again for real exams as a scratch pad in early 2022.
What are the rules regarding the given materials?
Rules are written on the top of both of the laminated sheets. It is crucial to follow these rules! Violating these rules could result in your test being withheld, voided, or even invalidated. These rules include:
Do not erase the laminated sheet.
Do not write outside the provided grid box.
Do not write on the laminated sheet before the test begins.
Do not write on the laminated sheet during breaks.
You can only use the materials provided.
You cannot fold, bend, or distort the laminated sheets in any manner.
You cannot write on any surface other than the laminated sheets.
You may exchange laminated sheets and markers during the exam by raising your hand.
Any suggestions on how to use the DAT notepad (scratch paper)?
Everyone is different: some students barely use their laminated sheets while others almost fill one up. Find a strategy that works best for you!
Organize your writing by putting the question number in a circle and drawing lines to separate your work. This organization makes your work more clear, which reduces the risk of error and permits you to review your work at the end of that section if time allows.
Brain dump! Once your exam section begins, write down all the pertinent equations, mnemonics, or any other relevant information that you have identified during your DAT prep.
Are left-handed people at a disadvantage?
For the most part, left-handed people are not at a disadvantage using a laminated DAT notepad. On the other hand (hehe), left-handed people whose palms sweat excessively when nervous will have set the conditions for instant wet-erase! But to be practical, most people's palms won't sweat that much and so a little smudging is more likely than real-time erasure!
Use for other exams: Some students may use this product for other computer-based standardized exams that use similar notepads such as MCAT, GMAT, OAT, etc. Note that at the time of publication, for the DAT and OAT, 2 sheets (4 pages) and 2 markers are provided at the time of the exam. To learn about the structure of the scratch pad for MCAT, click here: MCAT Prep Noteboard Booklet.
Note: DAT® and OAT® are registered trademarks of the American Dental Association (ADA), which neither sponsors nor endorses this product or our methodology.
MCAT® is a registered trademark of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), which neither sponsors nor endorses this product or our methodology.
GMAT® is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission CouncilTM, which neither sponsors nor endorses this product or our methodology.
Of course, knowledge and problem-solving skills are essential for DAT success. However, your DAT laminated sheets can serve as a friendly companion on test day.
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